Jean Chretien

(Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien)

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… politics is about wanting power, getting it, exercising it, and keeping it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A lot of mistakes [in government] are made by people with little experience. Propaganda & Disinformation
Canadian federalism is more than a form of government. It's also a system of values that allows different people in diverse communities to live and work together in harmony for the good of all. Minorities & Women
Criminal justice should not be a show for citizens. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I like to stand up to the Americans. It’s popular, but you have to be very careful because they’re our friends. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If it must come to war, I argue that the world should respond through the United Nations. This is the best way to give legitimacy to the use of force in these circumstances. War & Peace
If you look at only one aspect of life [taxes], maybe you would prefer living elsewhere. Taxes
It is not one government or another that can solve all of the problems. It's you. Miscellaneous
It is the duty of any member of Parliament to create jobs in his riding [district.] Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I've never believed in seeking perfection at the risk of losing everything. Legislating & Legislative Process
Leadership means making people feel good. Leaders & Leadership
Most Canadians don't understand the House of Commons. They turn on their televisions, see us yelling at one another, and dismiss us as a bunch of fools. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
One thing I've learned in politics—you have to make time for your family, no matter how busy you are. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Over the years, I have seen too many politicians ruin their careers because they could not accept defeat graciously. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Politicians of all stripes are always in danger at looking at every problem from an abstract point of view or being briefed by officials, academics, or economists who know every science but the science of human nature. Human Nature
Politics is a game of friends. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Some information has to remain in the privy of the office of the Prime Minister and the ministers for the proper administration of government. Secrecy & Transparency
Taken to its logical extreme, the Laffer curve makes no sense because, if you lower your taxes to zero, how are you going to get higher revenues? In practice, every government that toyed with this theory ended up with larger deficits, higher interest rates and greater social inequality. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The art of politics is learning to walk with your back to the wall, your elbows high, and a smile on your face. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The best way to unite the country is to have a good national government. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
The Liberal (Party) mentality is very different from the Tory mentality, because the Tory mentality is orientated to serve the big business interests. Political Parties & Machines
The media are much better at keeping politicians honest and accountable. They are not willing to look the other way as they sometimes have in the past. Media, Journalism & The Press
The public is moved by mood more than logic, by instinct more than reason, and that is something that every politician must make use of or guard against Public Opinion & Polling
There is nothing in our experience that can capture the fear that Israelis now live with every hour of every day, where allowing your children to go to a pizza parlor or a disco or just to play in the park can be a choice between life and death. Terrorism
To be frank, politics is about wanting power, getting it, exercising it, and keeping it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Trade agreements are what you make of them. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Vision is not political rhetoric Leaders & Leadership
We believe in multilateral organization. It's very important for countries like Canada to be great promoters of multilateral organizations. We have only one superpower, it happens to be a friend of ours, but to maintain the equilibrium in the world it is very important that we have these multilateral organizations like the UN or others. United Nations
We can not go back to a situation where we are cozy with the separatists. Miscellaneous
We would be in trouble as a society if there wasn't a constant pressure to make reforms and to be just. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
When it comes to budget cuts, everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die. Budgets & Budgeting
A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof. And when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven.
Deficit reduction is not an end in itself. It is the means to an end. Canadians must now decide what kind of country they want to build with the hard-won dividend.
You have to look at history as an evolution of society. Society ;History