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Provincial Flag Act


(as introduced)

5th Session, 61st General Assembly
Nova Scotia
62 Elizabeth II, 2013

Private Member's Bill

Provincial Flag Act

Jim Boudreau
Guysborough–Sheet Harbour

First Reading: May 6, 2013

Second Reading: May 7, 2013

Third Reading: May 9, 2013 (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)

An Act Respecting
the Official Flag of Nova Scotia

WHEREAS Armorial Bearings were granted to Nova Scotia by King Charles I and recorded in the Office of Our Lyon King of Arms in Scotland in 1625;

AND WHEREAS the 1625 Armorial Bearings are reputed to have been used on flags flown at the mastheads of Nova Scotian wooden sailing ships;

AND WHEREAS the first known recorded use of the 1625 Armorial Bearings on a flag was, as reported by the Acadian Recorder on June 12, 1858, a celebratory offering to a cricket club;

AND WHEREAS by Royal Warrant bearing date the twenty-sixth day of May, 1868, Her Majesty Queen Victoria granted and assigned a new Armorial Ensign to the Province of Nova Scotia along with certain Armorial Ensigns to the Provinces of Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, and a great Seal for the Dominion of Canada;

AND WHEREAS by Royal Warrant bearing date the nineteenth day of January, 1929, His Majesty King George V in his Princely Grace and Special Favour did cancel and annul the said Royal Warrant bearing date the twenty-sixth day of May, 1868, in so far as it related to the Armorial Ensigns of the Province and in substitution therefor granted and confirmed the 1625 Armorial Bearings;

AND WHEREAS the 1625 Armorial Bearings have been used as the Nova Scotia flag continuously;

THEREFORE be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Provincial Flag Act.

2 The flag, bearing the 1625 Armorial Bearings for the Province and described in the Schedule to this Act, is confirmed as the official flag of the Province.


Armorial Bearings

Argent, a Cross of St. Andrew Azure, charged with an escutcheon of the Royal Arms of Scotland.


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