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The Manitoba Flag Should Be Replaced, Or NBCD Tries Vexillology

February 26, 2009

It looks like one of the resolutions coming before the Manitoba NDP Convention is a motion to adopt a new provincial flag.

I agree – but not because of the British flag in the canton. I think when used tastefully, it looks good.

It should be replaced for two reasons: 1) it looks almost exactly like the Ontario flag and the Red Ensign (that’s not a coincidence), and 2) the coat of arms is too small and detailed to really see it properly.

So, just for fun, I designed a possible replacement.

manitoba-flagSo I used the colours from the Manitoba Tartan, blue, green and gold.

The two green stripes represent land, and the blue stripe represents water, or more specifically, Manitoba’s lakes (look at Manitoba on a map, there is land on both sides and Lake Winnipeg vertically in the middle).

The buffalo is a provincial symbol of Manitoba (and yes, I ripped off the buffalo shape from the flag of Wyoming. I’m lazy).

Update: My Heraldically-correct flag. The Shield needs editing, but I also think there’s an opportunity to shove  British flag in the shield somewhere.


  1. February 27, 2009 at 12:05 am

    I was originally planning to attend the convention, although it looks like I won’t be able to now. If I were going, I’d totally propose an amendment on the floor endorsing your proposed flag.


  2. February 27, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Good attempt. However, your flag looks as if there is a big humongous buffalo “chip” floating on the Red River. Eeww!

  3. February 27, 2009 at 5:48 am

    You should look up the rules of tincture. Colour touching colour is so wrong in a flag.

  4. February 27, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Yeah, the flag so breaks the rules of Heraldry (but it doesn’t look like the current flag does so hot either).

    Maybe somebody needs to find an excuse to put a strip of “metal” in between the green and blue.

    But, to be honest, It’s kinda hard to take a two minute art job with a copy and paste Wyoming buffalo too seriously. That’s why we have professionals and flag contests.

    Hmm, come to think of it, maybe it’d be easier if Ontario replaced its flag instead. All they’d really have to do is shove a trillium somewhere.

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