“This year, the 204th edition of the Williamstown Fair will have as its central theme the “50th anniversary of the Canadian Flag”. At the official opening ceremony at 1:00pm on Saturday August 8th we will have Duncan Matheson on hand to participate in the opening. Duncan is the son of John Ross Matheson who was the MP for Leeds-Grenville in the sixties. He was asked by then Prime Minister Lester Pearson to sit on the committee that worked on creating a new flag for Canada. It was he who convinced the committee to adopt the single maple leaf as the symbol of Canada – and thus he is sometimes referred to as the father of the Canadian Flag. The Matheson family also has a familial lineage to Sir John Johnson and thus also have a Glengarry connection.
This is a partnership initiative between the Williamstown Fair Board who supplied the flags, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 544 in Lancaster who supplied the aluminum poles and mounting hardware and the Township of South Glengarry for the installation.