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PROVINCE OF ONTARIO

DESCRIPTION

This tartan is based on the MacDonald of Clanranald tartan of Sir John Sandfield Macdonald, the first Premier of the province. Until 2000 the accepted, but unofficial, tartan for the province was the Ensign of Ontario. However, a new Provincial tartan was designed in 2000 by Jim MacNeil, Chairman of Scottish Studies at Ontario’s University at Guelph and championed by Bill Murdoch, a member of the Ontario Parliament. A complicated sett, it fell foul of an inaccuracy in the parliamentary private bill which resulted in a six year delay in having it officially recognised.

The colours include red and white with three shades of green and two of blue.

   The greens symbolise the forests and fields of Ontario and
   the blues depict the huge expanses of water in the province.
   The First Nations of Ontario are represented by the red, and
   the sky over the province is represented by white.

SETT

G/38 R2 G4 R4 G30 R2 NB26 W2 B4 R4 B42 R2 W/6 (ITI No. 6627)