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