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Lieutenant Governors, Canada (Canada)

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What do the Lieutenant-Governors of the Canadian provinces use? Do they still use the defaced Union Jack or have they adopted flags on the Quebec model, or is it a mix and match?
Roy Stilling - 5 February 1997

The Lieutenant-Governor of Nova-Scotia uses the defaced Union Jack, with the addition of green Maple Leaves around the arms. (I think they were added latter on...)

The other provinces adopted recently Blue flags with the provincial arms centered (with no white disk, though). On top, Edward the Confessors' crown, and around the arms, a golden half-ring of ten golden maple leaves, representing the ten provinces.

So only Nova-Scotia and Quebec don't follow the pattern. I don't know what the other provinces used before, probably the same Union Jack with the white disk...
Luc Baronian - 4 February 1997

I used to think that defaced Union Flags were boring, but it seems that once one starts going into the minutiae of all the details and variations, they can be quite interesting. Well to some, anyway.

Before 1949 Newfoundland had a Governor-General rather than a Lt. Gov., as it was self-governing and not a Canadian province.
David Prothero - 19 February 1997

Anyway, here is an abstract :

Nova Scotia has the defaced Union Flag with the maple leaves.

Quebec has the blue flag, with a centered white disk on which there are the full coat of arms. the flag (should we say standard instead of flag here?) is used since 1952, or maybe 1950.

ALL the other provinces use the SAME FLAG (standard?) :

Blue, with the shield centered, surrounded by a 3/4 ring of 10 golden maple leaves for the 10 provinces, and with St Edwaard's crown over the Arms.
Luc-Vartan Baronian - 19 February 1997

Are the flags of the lieutenant governors besides Nova Scotia and Quebec all of the same pattern, i.e. dark blue with the crowned arms of the province within by a garland of ten gold maple leaves? Also, what about the Northwest Territories and the Yukon? Are they now considered to be full-fledged provinces and if so, do their lieutenant governors use a flag of the above pattern?
Tom Gregg - 29 April 1997

Yes, since the 80s (different dates that I already posted).

Northern Territories and Yukon are still territories, administrated by a territorial council. No Lieutenant-Governor for them, so no flag.
Jean-Luc Baronian - 29 April 1997

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