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Parliament - 1st Class Rate (1985-89)
Updated Jan 5/02

Paper Tips (2k)  Background

 Parliament booklet/coil


A new Parliament design was introduced 1985. The multicoloured, horizontal format showed a slightly different view of the Parliament Buildings compared with the single-colour, vertical format Parliament stamps of 1977-79.

The Parliament design featured the Rear of the Parliament buildings (as did the coil stamps). Other views of the Parliament buildings appeared on the booklet stamps (see the booklet/coil checklist for details).

Four different paper manufacturers supplied paper for the 1st-class rate sheet and booklet stamps. Click here for a discussion of identifying modern-day Canadian postage stamp paper.

When the 38c value was released, it appeared in a slightly larger size than the previous 3 values. This larger-size was used on subsequent definitives until 1997, when the size was reduced.

All of the sheet stamps were printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company in panes of 100; the booklet stamps appeared in panes of 10 or 25. One stamp, the 34c value, has the distinction of being the only Canadian stamp to be printed by three different printers (CBN, BABN, AP). Top


  Sheet   Booklet
  13 1/3x13 13.1x13.6   13 1/3x13 13 1/3x14 13.1x13.6
Value Harrison Rolland Slater Peterborough   Harrison Rolland Harrison Slater
34c Jun 21/85         Aug 1/85 Jul 4/86    
36c Mar 30/87 Mar 30/87         Mar 30/87
May 19/87
37c Dec 30/87           Jan 5/88
Jan 15/88
Jan 5/88
Jan 15/88
38c     Dec 29/88 Nov 6/89         Dec 29/88
Jan 18/89
Mar 17/89

    34c Parliament: Printing differences
      Format Perf Sky colour Tag width
    CBN sheet 13 1/3x13 purple 3 1/2mm
    BABN booklet blue 4mm
    AP 13 1/3x14 3 1/4mm

    38c Parliament: Printing differences
    CBN windows are purple
    AP windows are blue

The date shown is the date of issue of that specific variety. A "blank" means the item does not exist. Top


Various errors exist on these 4 values: missing tag (34c), imperforate at left margin and half of stamp in 2nd column (36c), and printed on the gum side (38c - 2 types exist). Top

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