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Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throat. Martin H. Fischer
We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us. Lucy Maud Montgomery
The medium is the message. Marshall McLuhan
I am not anti-American. But I am strongly pro-Canadian. John G. Diefenbaker
God has made Canada one of those nations which cannot be conquered and cannot be destroyed, except by itself. Norman Angell
Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it. Robertson Davies
We must have ideals and try to live up to them, even if we never quite succeed. Life would be a sorry business without them. With them it's grand and great. Lucy Maud Montgomery
The essential ingredient of politics is timing. Pierre Trudeau
I have always held those political opinions which point to the universal brotherhood of man, no matter in what rank of life he may have taken his origin. Alexander Mackenzie
Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects. Lester B. Pearson
A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world. Albert Camus
The metaphor of the king as the shepherd of his people goes back to ancient Egypt. Perhaps the use of this particular convention is due to the fact that, being stupid, affectionate, gregarious, and easily stampeded, the societies formed by sheep are most like human ones. Northrop Frye
We owe the Aboriginal peoples a debt that is four centuries old. It is their turn to become full partners in developing an even greater Canada. And the reconciliation required may be less a matter of legal texts than of attitudes of the heart. Romeo LeBlanc
Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder. John F. Kennedy
Canada was built on dead beavers. Margaret Atwood
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. Wayne Gretzky
That the late act of Parliament for establishing the Roman Catholic religion and the French laws in that extensive country, now called Canada, is dangerous in an extreme degree to the Protestant religion and to the civil rights and liberties of all America; and, therefore, as men and Protestant Christians, we are indispensably obliged to take all proper measures for our security... Continental Congress
You can only cure retail, but you can prevent wholesale. G. Brock Chisholm
The idea of good and evil is a myth created by the politicians, the priests, and all those who have an interest to keep it at their mercy. G. Brock Chisholm
In Canada we respect freedom of speech but we do not worship it. Canadian Broadcast Standards Council
We don't want something for youth at risk, we want something for black youth at risk. Jean Augustine
We cannot have homeless people in our society. It's just wrong. Adrienne Clarkson
The only way in which a European union, embracing Britain but excluding eastern Europe, could become economically healthy would be develop the closest sort of trading relationships either with this hemisphere or with Africa. George F. Kennan
Diplomacy is letting someone else have your way. Lester B. Pearson
I've been called worse things by better people. Pierre Trudeau
The small elite of federal civil servants and politicians made Confederation work by acting as if the whole country was as virtuous and as they. Michael Ignatieff
For the tidal wave of new immigrants Canada is more a land for the realization of private dreams than for maintaining a ... compact between founding races. No common identity was provided for the millions of new Canadian immigrants other than a week vision of mutual multi-cultural indifference. Michael Ignatieff
My mission was to save Rwanda. Their mission was to put on a show with no risk. Romeo Dallaire
The rise of democracy was driven by the citizens' desire to escape from the paternalistic and arbitrary charity of those with money. They accomplished this by replacing charity with a fair, balanced, arm's-length system of public obligation. The principle tool of that obligation was taxation. John Ralston Saul
Canada was built from its very beginnings on the belief that public leadership in the economy and on social issues would be as effective and cheap as anything done by the private sector. John Ralston Saul
The strength of representative democracy is its ability to slow down those in power who wish to govern by blank cheque, but also those not in power who wish to yank the state about on the sole basis of their self-interest. John Ralston Saul
All the lessons of psychiatry, psychology, social work, indeed culture, have taught us over the last hundred years that it is the acceptance of differences, not the search for similarities which enables people to relate to each other in their personal or family lives. John Ralston Saul
As you would expect when individualism is based only on opportunity, no one asks what happens to those who have neither the financial nor the political clout to exercise their tiny portion of that opportunity. John Ralston Saul
Questioning is the great strength of democracy; the ability to doubt without losing face John Ralston Saul
Socrates was executed … not for his megalomania or grandiose propositions or certitudes, but for stubbornly doubting the absolute truths of others. John Ralston Saul
Our elite is primarily and increasingly managerial. A managerial elite manages. A crisis, unfortunately, requires thought. Thought is not a management function. John Ralston Saul
Capitalism was reasonably content under Hitler, happy under Mussolini, very happy under Franco and delirious under General Pinochet John Ralston Saul
Civilizations do not collapse because the citizenry are corrupt or lazy or anti-intellectual. These people do not have the power and influence to either lead or destroy. Civilizations collapse when those who have power fail to do their jobs. John Ralston Saul
Elites quite naturally define as the most important and admired qualities for a citizen those on which they themselves have concentrated. John Ralston Saul
Societies either roll on blindly to disaster or they find the inner strength to stop themselves long enough to find ways for reform from within. John Ralston Saul
Neither Capitalism nor Socialism can pretend to be an ideology. They are merely methods for dividing ownership and income. John Ralston Saul
Canadian, adj. and n. An anti-American American. Jonathan Hayward
We are a nation of minorities. In a nation of minorities, you can’t cherry-pick rights. Paul Martin
Critics have their uses. They can crystallize a moment and bring into sharp relief the mistakes that have been made and what must be done to correct them. Paul Martin
In Islam's golden age, so much progress was made that it became the basis of the European Renaissance. We Muslims have to change ourselves, that's the main difference. We can't keep blaming America or Israel for our misery. Irshad Manji
Home is where my dignity lives, not necessarily where my ancestors put down roots. Irshad Manji
Canada cannot be the drugstore of the United States of America. Ujjal Dosanjh
Quebec will secede from Canada and form an independent republic. The 3 prairie provinces--Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba--will likewise secede and become part of the U.S. Emmet John Hughes
He was a Communist. He was a terrorist... Rob Anders
What happens if a boatload of immigrants comes over from wherever and decides that they want to cast ballots? Rob Anders
I'm not going to deprive my constituents of money that's out there. Bob Mills
If a community decides this is how you're going to dress and these are the punishments, who are we to say different? Phillip Mayfield
Women who become pregnant through rape or incest should not qualify for government-funded abortions unless their pregnancy is life-threatening. Stockwell Day
I would expect the support of the party no matter what happens... even if I were to kill my grandmother with an axe. Stockwell Day
God's law is clear: standards of education are not set by government, but by God, the Bible, the home and the school. Stockwell Day
Disarming the Canadian public is part of the new humanitarian social agenda. Lloyd Axworthy
The law is not just and is an infringement of our constitutional and treaty rights. Greg Ahenakew
History dictates that unresponsive governments force ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Bruce Hutton
We will govern as if we had a majority. You simply carry on with your agenda. David J. Anderson
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. Jean Chretien
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. Jean Chretien
Osama bin Martin Geoff Norquay
I'm not happy, frankly. Because I think in a civil society we don't need firearms David Collenette
I don't believe a handgun should be in the hands of anybody. Giuliano Zaccardelli
There's no evidence that registering guns reduces the level of gun violence. It's not that I don't think it's something worth doing, but it's something you do much later. Kim Campbell
This government does not believe that public safety is enhanced by carrying weapons. In fact, it has been a long-standing Canadian government practice to discourage the use of personal defense weapons. Once public possession of one type of weapon is condoned for personal defense, the situation of weapon possession for protection starts to spiral upwards towards more powerful and dangerous weapons Anne McLellan
I have no animosity towards those who object to the war. Regardless of which side of the fence you're on, just give a moment of thanks to the hundreds of thousands of our forefathers who gave themselves so we can live in a world where we can do this. Myron Thompson
It takes lives to save lives. Myron Thompson
Unfortunately, the horse racing industry is often penetrated by organized crime. Cheryl Gallant
Old age security is welfare for the aged. Paul Forseth
In the 1950s, buggery was a criminal offence. Now it's a requirement to receive benefits from the federal government. Garry Breitkreuz
Above everything, we are Canadian. Anonymous
Canadians distrust heroes, partly because heroism is always a kind of imposition; the hero is dominating us by his strength, by his brute courage, and we have become suspicious of such qualities. ... We suspect the sheer gigantic irrationalism of the heroic, for we like to consider ourselves a reasonable people. George Woodcock
Canada's top judges have become the supreme rulers of the land, and that has turned the [Supreme Court justice] selection process into a back-room brawl between competing interests. Joe Woodard
Religion is now a matter of private judgment and observance for a majority, and thus we have become a country of not a few hundred different creeds but a few million. Joe Woodard
Canada is divided by great mountains, great prairies, Great Lakes, and eleven governments that really grate. W. Hugh Arscott
You're considered to have a rare kind of social disease if you espouse neo-conservative ideas in Canada. Barbara Amiel
I don't expect my children to suffer much if Quebec should withdraw or Canada withdraw from Quebec. ... Yet it's been a lovely place to grow up in … Ralph Allen
North of the 49th parallel we value equality, south of it, they treasure freedom. Michael Adams
To create a housing shortage in a huge country, heavily wooded, with a small population—ah, that's proof of pure political genius. Richard J. Needham
He had no gifts for the compromises with human frailty which alone can grease the wheels of politics. John Bartlet Brebner
The safety of these children is the paramount issue. The ongoing situation is drastic, and we need to take drastic measures. We insist that these children be taken into care immediately Paul Rich
NAFTA is a deal made for the elites of America, Mexico and Canada leaving out the average people of all three companies. Jorge Casteneda
When we, the Workers, all demand: “What are we fighting for?’… Then, then we’ll end that stupid crime, that devil’s madness--War. Robert W. Service
Buxton is certainly a very interesting place. Sixteen years ago it was a wilderness. Now, good highways are laid out in all directions through the forest, and by their side, standing back 33 feet from the road, are about 200 cottages, all built in the same pattern, all looking neat and comfortable; around each one is a cleared place of several acres which is well cultivated. The fences are in good order, the barns seem well filled, and cattle and horses, and pigs and poultry, abound. There are signs of industry and thrift and comfort everywhere; signs of intemperance, of idleness, of want nowhere. There is no tavern and no groggery; but there is a chapel and a schoolhouse. Most interesting of all are the inhabitants. Twenty years ago most of them were slaves, who owned nothing, not even their children. Now they own themselves; they own their houses and farms; and they have their wives and children about them. They are enfranchised citizens of a government [Canada] which protects their rights … Samuel R. Howe
“If the United States…can pass laws to block media cross ownership within one market to protect the diversity of voices, then we in Canada must ask ourselves why we do not seem to attach the same importance to that important principle. Paul Schneidereit
I have been instructed by cabinet and caucus members at our last secret meeting that we need more openness in government, but, like, not too much. Ralph Klein
Citizens of Canada of whom any child has received or is receiving primary or secondary school instruction in English or French in Canada, have the right to have all their children receive primary and secondary school instruction in the same language. Canada
English and French are the official languages of Canada and have equality of status and equal rights and privileges as to their use in all institutions of the Parliament and government of Canada. Canada
Notwithstanding anything in this Charter, the rights and freedoms referred to in it are guaranteed equally to male and female persons. Canada
Their Lordships have come to the conclusion that the word "persons" … includes members both of the male and female sex, and that, therefore, the question propounded by the Governor General should be answered in the affirmative, and that women are eligible to be summoned to and become members of the Senate of Canada, and they will humbly advise His Majesty accordingly. Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Canada
The exclusion of women from all public offices is a relic of days more barbarous than ours. Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Canada
Now that women are persons, what's ahead? Emily Murphy
Canada for US—not for U. S. Anonymous
Every human being whose life is in peril has the right to protection. Anonymous
The Great White Mother Anonymous
Land for the settler—not the speculator! Anonymous
The last best West Anonymous
No looking to Washington. Anonymous
No Truck Nor Trade With The Yankees Anonymous
No Yankee Dictation! Anonymous
The Old Chieftan Anonymous
Peace Bridge Anonymous
The real owners of the land are not yet born. Anonymous
This tomb is erected to the memory of Thayendanegea, or Captain Joseph Brant, principal chief and warrior of the Six Nations Indians, by his fellow subjects, admirers of his fidelity and attachment to the British Crown. Anonymous
Tory times are hard times. Anonymous
We want to be citizens not transients. Anonymous
Keep what is yours, but leave the rest of the continent to us. John Quincy Adams
How could we restrain our fishermen, the boldest men alive, from fishing in prohibited places? John Adams
The State or the States. John Aird
I am a Canadian, a man and a Black man in that order. Lincoln Alexander
The only ill-treated groups in Canada I can see these days are hard-working Canadians of every socio-economic class who fork over a lot of their money to the Government. Barbara Amiel
When censorship is intelligent, it will stop a film before it is made. If not, it is too late. Denys Arcand
I remember when the feminist movement started. I was in Edmonton. There was no feminist movement in Edmonton. Margaret Atwood
Most Americans think that Canada is a part of the United States—a chilly part. Margaret Atwood
A country is not a business and a government should stand for much more than economic efficiency. Jack Austin
I was arrested because a computer entry said that I have been in Israel at one time … please tell me where the crime in this is. This is against all international law and moral code of every civilized country in the world. I need to get out of here now, every hour multiplies the possibility of my being moved to another location and disappearing forever. Bruce Balfour
Our cock won’t fight. Maxwell Aitkin Beaverbrook
Free competition and the open market system as they were known in the old days, have lost their places in the system, and that the only substitute for them, in these modern times, is government regulation and control. Richard Bedford Bennett
No other scheme than that of public ownership can insure to the peoples of this country, without regard to class or place, equal enjoyment of the benefits and pleasures of radio broadcasting .... this is not a correctable fault in private ownership; it is an inescapable and inherent demerit of that system. Richard Bedford Bennett
Selfish men, and this country is not without them, men whose mounting bankrolls loom larger than your happiness, corporations without souls and without virtue, those fearful that this government might impinge on what they have grown to regard as its immemorial right of exploitation will whisper against us. They will call us radicals. They will say that this is the first step on the road to socialism. Richard Bedford Bennett
This country must be assured of complete Canadian control of broadcasting from Canadian sources, free from foreign interference or influence. Richard Bedford Bennett
Government and business are simple. It's only people that make them complicated. W. A. C. Bennett
You may perhaps think me less for running away from slavery, but as to myself, I have but one apology to make for it, which is this: I have only to regret that I did not start at an earlier period. I might have been free long before I was. Henry Watson Bibb
To be compelled to stand by and see you whip and slash my wife without mercy, when I can afford her no protection, not even by offering myself to suffer the lash in her place, was more than I felt it to be the duty of a slave husband to endure, while the way was open to Canada. Henry Watson Bibb
It would be hard to avoid the conclusion that we are a society composed entirely of battered wives, molested children, humiliated ethnic groups, exploited workers, and other groups despised for their sexual preferences or cultural attributes, all spoiling in a festering environment. Conrad Black
I hope we shall never be disposed to offer to join the United States. They will display a great reluctance to take us but I believe we have a future of our own here. Edward Blake
The future of Canada, I believe, depends very largely upon the cultivation of a national spirit Edward Blake
We are four millions of Britons who were not free. Edward Blake
We early freed ourselves from the incubus of a State Church. Edward Blake
The government should not present the anomaly which it now presents—a government the freest, perhaps the most democratic in the world with reference to local and domestic matters in which you rule yourselves as fully as any people in the world, while in your foreign affairs, your relations with other countries, whether peaceful or warlike, commercial, financial, or otherwise, you may have no more voice than the people of Japan. Edward Blake
We shall yet place an iron belt from the Atlantic to the Pacific, a railroad from Halifax to Nootka Sound … Richard Bonnycastle
I have great admiration and affection for him—to the extent that one can have affection for others in politics. Lucien Bouchard
We're seeking sovereignty because it is absolutely essential, like the ripening of the fruit, like reaching adulthood, like the opening of river into the ocean. It is necessary because we are a people. Lucien Bouchard
The poor people drink water which is very good and very common in this country. Pierre Boucher
We are always in hopes that our good king [the King of France] will come to the assistance of this country [Canada] and will cause those rascally Iroquois to be destroyed. Pierre Boucher
The more I analyze the vital parts and lusty members of the political creation, the more my admiration of England has grown. I was always glad enough to be a British subject, but now I experience the full pride of my British citizenship. Henry Bourassa
A real danger threatens the unity of the Canadian people and the preservation of its political existence. This danger is the slow but sure penetration of Americanism into all phases of our national, political, and social life. Henry Bourassa
Men govern themselves by instinct much more than by laws and intellect. Henry Bourassa
Montreal is more Canadian and more British than Toronto. Toronto is more Canadian and more British than Winnipeg. Why? Because at Quebec thanks to the preponderance of the French language, you are better protected from the American invasion ... Henry Bourassa
The day a race ceases to express its thought and its sentiments in that language which has grown with it and which took form with its ethnic temperament, it is lost as a race. The preservation of its language is absolutely necessary to the preservation of the race, of its genius, its character and it's temperament. Henry Bourassa
Only in politics do resurrections occur. Robert Bourassa
Profitable Federalism Robert Bourassa
The distinct society were asking for is not a society of privileged citizens. Is a society with a different culture, a society with a different legal system, a society with specific institutions. Robert Bourassa
places the whole of Her Majesty's possessions on the Pacific [British Columbia] in the position of a piece of meat between two slices of bread, where they can be devoured in a single bite. British Colonist
Democratic politics involves both principals and power. To argue only for principles is narcissistically self indulgent. Edward Broadbent
Estranged from the powerful protection of the United Kingdom, you must be re-annexed to the dominion of France from which the provinces of Canada were wrested by the arms of Great Britain, at a vast expense of blood and treasure, for no other motive than to relieve her ungrateful children from the oppression of a cruel neighbor. Isaac Brock
They are men; and have equal rights with all other men and to defend themselves and their property when invaded. Isaac Brock
Governments interfere in the affairs of each other, when they conceive their own peace is endangered. George S. Brown
Because the shouts for European freedom at New York, and the poeans of the Fourth of July are drowned in the clanking of the chains in Washington and New Orleans, is the rising spirit or our free Canada to be drilled and broken down to suit the mock liberty of the model Republic. If they have no sympathy for their own oppressed children, they should feel indebted to those whose hearts are large enough to take in the oppressed of every land and of every color. George S. Brown
There is no standard for truth. We cannot even agree on the meaning of words. George S. Brown
Happily we do not idolize our public men. John Buchan
The only alternative is war or national dishonor; and between these two, what American can hesitate. James Buchanan
The United States is destined to have a special relationship with Mexico as clear and as strong as we have had with Canada and Great Britain. George W. Bush
... condescending SOBs Kim Campbell
I know that what you have faced. I know that you have faced disappointment and loss in your lives. I have, too. I wanted more than anything to be a concert cellist. Kim Campbell
I might run, or I might take up with the gigolo and move to Brazil. Kim Campbell
In Canada we have limits on campaign spending and public funding of campaigns. This makes it easier for people [candidates] who don't have access to huge amounts of money. Kim Campbell
The election campaign is no time to get involved in very, very serious issues. Kim Campbell
... unspeakably lonely. Kim Campbell
... a male person, including an Indian and excluding a person of Mongolian or Chinese race. Canada
The construction of the Intercontinental Railway is essential to the Consolidation of the Union of British North America. Canada
I am a Canadian, a free Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship God in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind. Canada
The term person means an individual other than an Indian. Canada
[We] must come to understand what it means to be a member of the minority or other small partner people, and to be ready to give that minority assurances which are necessary for a majority.. Canadian Royal Commission on Bilingualism
A sense of grievance can accumulate with the success of conflict no matter how it has been resolved. Canadian Royal Commission on Bilingualism
From the Indian point of view, French and English both have the same title to land—conquest. Canadian Royal Commission on Bilingualism
When the chips are down, the majority always wins. Canadian Royal Commission on Bilingualism
All guns are capable of killing and maiming. It follows that all guns are a threat to public safety. Canadian Supreme Court
From the beginning the Indian accepted the white man in Canada. We allowed him differences. We helped him overcome his weakness in trying to make his way in our environment. We taught him to know our world, to avoid the pitfalls and deadfalls, how to trap and hunt and fish, how to live in a strange environment. Is it too much to ask the white man to reciprocate? Harold Cardinal
The biggest of all Indian problems is the white man. Harold Cardinal
The white man believes in equality, but apparently believes the white man is more equal than the Indian. Harold Cardinal
The White man is a paradox. On the one hand, he professes almost fanatic commitment to high ideals; on the other, he disdains those same ideals in practice. Harold Cardinal
The White man seems unable to understand or perhaps he is unwilling to accept the fact that another man may believe differently—that another man's religion may be valid. Harold Cardinal
The democratic element has a fortunate effect in the political sphere when it is balanced by another force. We have this advantage over our neighbors, the Americans, who have extreme democracy. George-Etienne Cartier
The statesman's motto should be, "Keep your word until death. George-Etienne Cartier
French-Canadians have no need to be afraid of the English ... instead, let us admire their energy and perseverance; let us imitate them. To be excellent French-Canadians we need to have, along with the qualities of our race, the best qualities of the English-Canadians. George-Etienne Cartier
Our young men will marry your daughters and we shall be one people. Samuel de Champlain
I like to stand up to the Americans. It’s popular, but you have to be very careful because they’re our friends. Jean Chretien
We can not go back to a situation where we are cozy with the separatists. Jean Chretien
Anyone who can bring the Conservative Party together can bring the country together. Joe Clark
Political freedom is rare enough in the world, but the kind of social and cultural freedom which is the hallmark of Canada is even less common. Joe Clark
I think we made a mistake in limiting so severely the size of exempt staff. If we want to control policy and run the departments, Ministers need more staff. Joe Clark
[Concerning] the promotion of women. The system was designed by men and I am told constantly that "we have no women who are ready yet " for promotion. I can break that through perseverance—but it is an example of the system frustrating our purposes rather than serving them. Joe Clark
Ministers do not function well when they are unsure of their authority or of their standing with the Leader [ the Prime Minister] Joe Clark
Of course the national government has to be strong, particularly on economic questions. But it must also be sensitive to the damage that neat theories can wreck upon a diverse country. Joe Clark
Once Canadians get to know me better, they'll learn to like me. Joe Clark
Policy designed to make the nation grow must build upon and must not frustrate the instinct of most Canadians to build a stake for themselves. Joe Clark
The job of government must be to provide the rules and the climate that will let the system work. Joe Clark
They voted against us for a reason. They didn’t like what we had become. Joe Clark
We cannot separate politics from economics. Joe Clark
The conquest of Canada is in your power. Henry Clay
There is a perception of the general irrelevance of aboriginal culture….We haven't gone anywhere. We still exist. …. Get the hell out of our lives and give us our land back. Ernie Collison
Our land is our memory. Mathew Coon Come
There will be no annexation of ourselves or our territory to an independent Quebec without our consent. Mathew Coon Come
[Opposing Hydro-Quebec:] It is always us who are asked to pay. You say, "move over, move over Indian," and the only time you'll come to talk to us is when you want something. Mathew Coon Come
Once NAFTA is signed, U. S. lawyers will pour across the border in search of surrogate mothers' wombs to rent for their childless clients. Sheila Copps
What I don't understand about you chaps is that you are always objecting to things that are not being done in accordance with British justice, and at the same time you keep attacking us British. James Cross
This nation [Canada], without any hesitation or doubt, is capable and even expected by the less fortunate of this globe to lead the less developed counties beyond self-interest, strategic advantages, and isolationism, and raise their sights to the realm of the pre-eminence of humanism and freedom. Romeo Dallaire
I had never traveled in the United States and I was quite unprepared for the cultural gap. At the entrance to the large auditorium in the Statler-Hilton I discovered an honor guard waiting to march me up the center aisle to the platform, a ceremony I found altogether too military and pretentious for ordinary mortals and union leaders. Joe Davidson
When wage controls and other legal restrictions on Canadian workers of the government's only answer to that country's deepening economic problems, the labor movement's response has to be fundamentally political. Joe Davidson
When it comes to turning the other cheek, I draw the line at bosses. Joe Davidson
I wished only the well-being of my country in insurrection and independence. Francois Marie Thomas Chevalier de Lorimer
The wounds of my country will heal after the troubles of anarchy and bloody revolution. Francois Marie Thomas Chevalier de Lorimer
My execution, and the execution of my gallows companions, will be of use to you. May they show you what you can expect of the English government. Chavelier de Lorimier
The sorry path that remains for me to follow from an obscure prison to the gallows has been trodden by men with more merit than my own. Chavelier de Lorimier
The wounds of my country will heal after the troubles of anarchy and bloody revolution. The peaceful Canadian will see happiness and liberty on the St. Lawrence. Everything converges towards that end, even the executions; the blood and tears spilled on the altar of liberty today of watering the roots of the tree on which will fly the flag marked with the two stars of the Canadas. Chavelier de Lorimier
The Quebec government ought to require respect by law for the French language in the names of companies and in their advertising ... Manufacturers and big trading companies must at some time rather appear before the government to be registered or to be legally recognized. That's the time the government should lie in wait for them. Give yourselves French names, advertise yourselves in French, " we don't know you," it can say. Jean Paul Desbiens; Frere Untel
We want an independent Quebec within a strong and united Canada. Yvon Deschamps
To a more perfect Union embracing the whole of the North American continent. Daniel Stevens Dickenson
For the benefit of those who are not bilingual, I will now continue in English. John G. Diefenbaker
I'm not asking for the support of the powerful, the strong and the mighty—but of the average Canadian, the group to which I belong. John G. Diefenbaker
Our country should be all Canadian and all British. John G. Diefenbaker
They say I've made mistakes, but they've been mistakes of the heart. John G. Diefenbaker
Canada was conceived of by men of two different equally rich cultures, of two distinctive communities. Bilingualism and biculturalism are facts of Canadian life and should not be hidden or avoided. They're important, even vital to Canada as a nation, but they’re assets, not liabilities, positive factors, not negative ones. John G. Diefenbaker
I am first Prime Minister of this country of neither all together English nor French origin .... I am determined to bring about the Canadian citizenship that knew no hyphenated consideration. John G. Diefenbaker
Can we not now move to getting a more descriptive name other than " free trade ", such as "Canada's massively bigger market place. Gerald Doucet
Not many governments are reelected in Canada, against an adversarially hostile media, even when it's a government which has been as productive as yours. ... their power in Canada is as infuriating as it is real. Gerald Doucet
I would be the last person to argue that people do not have the right, if they want to commit to spend part of their rent, for either alcohol or tobacco or entertainment, or anything else. Thomas Clement Douglas
I am convinced that inside two or three years both the doctors who provide the service and the people who receive the survice will be so completely satisfied with it that no government would dare to take it way. Thomas Clement Douglas
If we can afford large sums of money or other such things as horseracing, and motion picture films, and we do—I'm not arguing against them—then I say we ought to have sufficient sense of values to say that health is more important than these things, and if we can find money for relatively non-essential things, we can find the money to give our people good health. Thomas Clement Douglas
When we're talking about medical care we're talking about our sense of values. Do we think human life is important? Do we think that the best medical care which is available is something to which people are entitled, by virtue of belonging to a civilized community? Thomas Clement Douglas
People's lives do not have to be drab and dreary and wrapped in old newspapers. The deserve something for the soul and noble visions. Jean Drapeau
Ottawa gives to foreigners, Duplessis gives to his province. Maurice L. Duplessis
I expected to find a contest between a government and a people: I found two nations (French and English) warring in the bosom of a single state: I found a struggle, not of principles, but of races. Philip Charles Henderson Calderwood Durham; Lord Durham
Those who have reflected on the powerful influence of language on thought will perceive in how different a manner people who speak in different languages are apt to think. Philip Charles Henderson Calderwood Durham; Lord Durham
The political misrepresentation of facts is one of the incidents of a free press in every free country. Philip Charles Henderson Calderwood Durham; Lord Durham
Every [political] contest is one of French and English in the outset, or becomes so ere it has run its course. Philip Charles Henderson Calderwood Durham; Lord Durham
No common education has served to remove and soften the differences of origin and language. Philip Charles Henderson Calderwood Durham; Lord Durham
The coming of age of Canadian culture may not depend on our ability to protect it at home, but to project it on the world’s stage. Art Eggleton
It is hereby declared and enacted by the authority aforesaid and, to all persons professing the Jewish religion being natural born British subjects inhabiting and residing in this Province, are entitled and shall be deemed, adjudged and taken to be entitled to the full rights and privileges of the other subjects of his Majesty, his Heirs or Successors. England
Canada is not another [American] State, and we don't want to be one. Ivan Fecan
This Empire has but one danger: it is the danger by the combination of the three names, Ireland, United States and Canada. William E. Gladstone
As a Mohawk from Kahnawake, I consider Montreal a suburb of our reserve. Dan Goodleaf
… an alien invasion Betty Grainger
Every church, however local, is holy ground, and equally so. John Grierson
Passport photos must have a neutral expression—that means no laughing, smiles, frowning. The mouth must be closed. Angence France-Presse
I'm against the idea of force-feeding all of Canada on two languages. Joe Fratesi
An identity to unity produces the empty gestures of cultural nationalism; assimilating unity to identity produces the kind of provincial isolation which is now call separatism ... Northrop Frye
Something deep in the Canadian spirit compels us to avoid direct statement and skate around confrontation. Robert Fulford
Language is at the root of Quebec nationalism. Lysiane Gagnon
When the laws lack clarity to the point where police officers who apply them have diverging opinions on their interpretation, can we reasonably expect that ordinary citizens can figure them out? Raymond Gauthier
Don't knock a man down and then ask him why he lives in the dirt.... Don't filch a man of his authority, his right to rule his home, his dignity as a man, and then ask him why his culture is substandard. Dan George
One of these days every person in Canada will be a Canadian. Dan George
When the white man came we had the land and they had the Bibles; now they have the land and we have the Bibles. Dan George
It can no more negotiate sovereignty-association then it can negotiate sour sugar, dry water, boiling ice, or stationary motion. Eugene Forsey
No Truck Nor Trade With The Yankees! George Eulas Foster
Free trade in energy with the Americans is like wife-swapping with a bachelor. Ramon Hnatyshyn
Free trade in energy with the Americans is life wife-swapping with a bachelor. Ramon Hnatyshyn
Nothing more than institutionalized pedophilia. Douglas Hogarth
Never shoot your customers. Hudson's Bay Company
Every man among you is a free will volunteer. Not one has been invited. No more typical are made of free man who ever marched to meet an enemy. Sam Hughes
Lust of power; the subjugation of inoffensive and law-abiding neighbors; autocratic aggrandizement, is the cause of this war. In its cause the allies have been guiltless. Sam Hughes
You war not on the innocent and lovely people of Germany. Your aim is the overthrow of tyranny and aggrandizement. Sam Hughes
No white man found fighting by the side of an Indian will be taken prisoner; instant death will be his lot. William Hull
You will be emancipated from tyranny and oppression … William Hull
It's time to bring dignity, honor, self-reliance, and self-government to people that have been held, not necessarily in bondage, but certainly as supplicants under an Indian Act that is archaic. Ron Irwin
The acquisition of Canada this year … will be a mere matter of marching and will give us experience for the attack on Halifax the next, and the final expulsion of England from the American continent. Thomas Jefferson
When you start exporting ideas, philosophy, behavior, products, ways of living, it becomes an assault on the culture. Americans have to understand that. Norman Jewison
Where the French Canadian nation finds its freedom, that too will be its homeland. Francis Daniel Johnson Sr.
Requiring this kneeling down of all languages before French is sheer linguistic imperialism. William Johnson
Treat them as a nation and they will act as a free people generally do—generously. Call them a faction, and they become factious. John A. MacDonald
If you would know the depth of meanness of human nature, you have got to be a prime minister running for a general election. John A. MacDonald
Parliament is a grand inquest which has the right to inquire into anything and everything. John A. MacDonald
He shall hang though every dog in Quebec bark in his favor. John A. MacDonald
I would be quite willing personally to leave the whole country as a wilderness for the next half-century, but I fear that if Englishmen do not go there, Yankees will. John A. MacDonald
Immediate. Private. I must have another ten thousand. Will be the last time of calling. Do not fail me. Answer today. John A. MacDonald
My course is clear. A British subject I was born, and a British subject I will die. John A. MacDonald
The old flag. The old policy. The old leader. John A. MacDonald
If men cannot find an opportunity in their own country to develop the skill and genius with which God has gifted them, they will go to a country where their abilities can be employed, as they have gone from Canada to the United States. John Alexander Macdonald
It might be, gentlemen, that the lion and the lamb would be down together, but ... the lamb would be inside the lion. John Alexander Macdonald
No man in his senses can suppose that this country can for a century to come be governed by totally unfrenchified government ... John Alexander Macdonald
We have quietly and almost without observation, annexed all the country between here [Ottawa] and the Rocky Mountains. John Alexander Macdonald
We must, by every reasonable means, import our people, not in one branch of industry, not merely as farmers, as tillers of the soil, but we must bring out of every kind of industry, must develop the minds of the people and their energies. John Alexander Macdonald
No nation owes more to the steel wheel on the steel rail though it is not always clear whether railways were built to unite Canada, or Canada was created to justify the rail building. Donald MacKay
Alexander Mackenzie, from Canada, by land, the twenty-second of July, 1793 Alexander Mackenzie
If I were you, I would start training your grandchildren as Bosnia peacekeepers. Lewis MacKenzie
We contend that in all laws made, or to be made, every person shall be bound alike—neither should any tenure, estate, charter, degree, birth or place, confer any exemption from the ordinary course of legal proceedings and responsibilities whereunto others are subjected. William Lyon Mackenzie
The bounty you must pay for freedom is to give the strength of your arms to put down tyranny. One short hour will deliver our country from the oppressor; and freedom in religion, peace and tranquility, equal laws and an improved country will be the prize. William Lyon Mackenzie
The promised land is now before us. Up then and take it. William Lyon Mackenzie
The misery of being under observation and being unduly criticized is what I remember most. Visitors in the gallery couldn't help seeing one woman among so many men, but they made no effort to disguise the fact that I was a curiosity... Agnes Macphail
Giving to the individual societal benefits such as free medical care breeds idleness, causing breakdown in the relationship with God. Earnest Manning
A revolutionary should neither look nor act like one to get ahead in Canada. Preston Manning
I was the father of Canada's social revolution; you will create the country's economic revolution. Paul Martin Sr.
This is a withdrawal by Canadians of their consent to be governed. Paul Martin Sr.
Central government's such as Canada's have become too small to deal with the big global issues, yet they remain too large and distant to deal with problems of local control. Paul Martin
The underground economy is not all smugglers. It is hundreds of thousands of otherwise honest people who have withdrawn their consent to be governed. Paul Martin
Come and try me. Forget the past, if it makes you sad. I am the Land of the Second Chance. I am the Land of Beginning Again. I will not ask who your ancestors were. I want You- nothing matters now but just you and me, and we will make good together" This is the invitation of the prairie to the discouraged and weary ones of the old lands, whose dreams have failed, whose plans are gone wrong and were ready to fall out of the race. Nellie McClung
We have no precedents to guide us, and that is a glorious thing, for precedents, like other guides are disposed to grow tyrannical and refuse to let us do anything on our own initiative. Life grows wearisome in the countries where precedents and conventionality is rule and nothing can happen unless it has happen before. Nellie McClung
There is room for everyone and to spare. Nellie McClung
I do not believe that is our destiny to being engulfed into a Republican union (with the United States), renovated and inflamed with the wine of victory, of which he now drinks so freely... D'Arcy McGee
It takes three-quarters of the world in these days to hold the Irish family, and is pleasant to know that some of the elder sons of the family are considered by their discriminating fellow citizens worthy to be entrusted with the liberties and fortunes of their adopted countries. D'Arcy McGee
A Canadian nationality—not French-Canadian, not British-Canadian, nor Irish-Canadian: patriotism rejects the prefix ... is what we should look forward to. D'Arcy McGee
There is room enough in this country for one great free people; but there's not room enough, under the same flag and the same laws, for two or three angry, suspicious, obstructive "nationalities. D'Arcy McGee
We Irishman, Protestant and Catholic, born and bred in a land of religious controversy should never forget that we now live and act in a land of the fullest religious and civil liberties. D'Arcy McGee
Welcome every talent, hail every invention, cherish every gem of art—foster every gleam of authorship, honor every acquirement and every natural gift, lift ourselves to the level of our destinies... D'Arcy McGee
You don't need brains for this job, just physical stamina. Audrey McLaughlin
The hardest thing in most Ottawa men's [politicians] pants is their cellular phone. Audrey McLoughlin
The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village. Marshall McLuhan
The old civic, state and national groupings have become unworkable. Marshall McLuhan
It is a crime now in my country to talk about the government's crimes. David McTaggart
Pluralism has run wild. We have become so blinded by the notion that there is no national interest, only special interests, that we are incapable of pursuing policies designed to be of general benefit. John Meisel
We want the same standard of life Canadians enjoy and take for granted. Ovide Mercredi
What we try to do is represent public opinion—and public opinion is anti oral sex. John Merner
The biggest advantage I have in this job is that I don't really want it. Dan Miller
A woman should pay the price for unplanned pregnancy. When the woman lays with a man, she has made her choice. Sexual intercourse isn't all fun and games. Ron Mix
Commonwealth has a right to the service of its citizens. James Monroe
We turn now to plotting our own destinies, setting our own agendas. We are determined. We know what we want. Nation to nation—a bilateral process with the Canadian government. Jerome Morin
The United States is engaged in an aggressive war which is heavy with racist overtones. It is not too much to suggest [that] the nation which has produced the widespread Alabama mentality will have little difficulty in persuading itself that the murder of great numbers of Asiatics does not really constitute a crime against humanity. If the Vietnamese were white, they would not get the treatment being meted out to them by the United States. Farley Mowat
The issue of race could benefit from a period of benign neglect. Daniel P. Moynihan
May peace forever be our lot, and plenteous store abound. Alexander Muir
Canada is our inheritance from our parents and our legacy to our children. Brian Mulroney
Hell, I can't even generate a good demonstration any more. Brian Mulroney
If you're unpopular, it means you've done the tough things. Brian Mulroney
I've learned a long time ago not to take polls too seriously. Brian Mulroney
When they're talking to Lucien Bouchard, they're talking to Brian Mulroney. Brian Mulroney
Statistics tell us that 10 percent of the population is homosexual. Since we in the Conservative party are representative of the population, there are at least 20 gays in this room. Am I wrong? … Are you ready to deprive these people of their rights? Brian Mulroney
Canada is open for business. Brian Mulroney
Free trade with the Americans …. is like sleeping with an elephant … If the elephant twitches and rolls over on you, you're dead. Brian Mulroney
Give us 20 years, and you'll not recognize this country! Brian Mulroney
I've always been a free trader. I trade freely on Bond street, Rodeo Drive, Fifth Avenue, Worth Avenue. Mila Mulroney
Political spouses don't announce that they're staying, only that they're leaving. And that I have no announcements to make here tonight, at this time, with you, on this occasion. Mila Mulroney
We have been placed at The Act of Union in an exceptional situation, a minority situation, in the distribution of political power. If we have to succumb, we would at least succumb, is such a way to that we will earn respect. Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine
It is asked of me that I give my first speech in this house in a language [English] other than my mother tongue [French.] …. Even if I knew English as intimately as I knew French, I would still give my first speech in the language of my French Canadian compatriots Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine
My clothes, my stockings, my wigs were a matter of public discussion …. Columnists asked me about anything and everything—except my job. Women's magazines and women's pages featuring articles about me—sometimes without bothering to interview me. Cartoonist delight in sketching me and my clothes and swelling girth. and always the whispers and speculation about my sex life—how much, and with whom. Judy LaMarsh
Scandal is the first weapon, the most continuous one, and the last weapon used against a woman anywhere, and particularly one of … prominence Judy LaMarsh
The curiosity of the public took the greatest toll on me of anything in politics Judy LaMarsh
Quebec is the Western world's last colonial nation. Bernard Landry
Professional bums! Mel Lastman
It's hard to pin down precise dates on these things. Floyd Laughren
If you want our aid, you must call us to your Councils. Wilfrid Laurier
Canada first, Canada last, and Canada always. Wilfrid Laurier
I am branded in Quebec as a traitor to the French, and in Ontario as a traitor to the English. In Quebec I am branded as a Jingo, and in Ontario as a separatist. In Quebec I am attacked is an imperialists, and in Ontario as an anti-imperialist. I am neither. I am a Canadian. Wilfrid Laurier
The meanest worm that crawls upon the earth, when trampled upon, will endeavor to recoil and strike back, and I say that the guilt of the rebellion does not rest with these men [the Metis rebels] so much as those who provoked them. Wilfrid Laurier
Quebec has no opinions, only emotions. Wilfrid Laurier
The moment we invite to our table men of another race ... we affirm that we acknowledge them as our fellow countrymen as they acknowledge we are theirs. Wilfrid Laurier
We [French Canadians] may not assimilate, we may not blend, but for all that we are still the component parts of the same country. Wilfrid Laurier
We of French origin have the sentiment of our own individuality. We want to hand down to our children the language we received from our forefathers. Wilfrid Laurier
We are incapable of maintaining peace and order and to enforce the law with the resources we have. Robert Lavigne
Section 251 [restricting abortion] of the Criminal Code would be immediately repealed if we could magically turn on the light in the House of Commons to see how many Members of Parliament, in one way or another, have been personally connected with abortion—for their wives, their daughters, or mistresses. Stuart Leggatt
Radio and films, and now television, open for us a window onto everything that goes on throughout the world: the events—and the ideas too—of all humanity invade our homes day after day Rene Levesque
In our history, America began with a French look. Rene Levesque
We are Quebecois. Rene Levesque
Then came the conquest. We were conquered people, our hearts set on surviving in some small way on a continent that had become Anglo-Saxon. Rene Levesque
Corporate welfare bums. David Lewis
Governments are elected by people; corporations are not. Governments that must answer to the people; corporations must answer only to their boards. David Lewis
What concerns you and me is simply who is putting the money in, who is getting it out, and what good it does David Lewis
Be prepared for mood swings. Liberal Party
Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion … and you allow him to make war at pleasure. … If today he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may see no probability he would say to you, “Be silent!, I see if you don’t.” Abraham Lincoln
For the moment it appeared to me that the United States was trying to save itself at the expense of Britain. William Lyon Mackenzie King
It is for Parliament to decide whether or not we should participate in wars in different parts of the world, and it is neither right nor proper for any individual, for any group of individuals, to take any step which in any way might limit the rights of Parliament in a matter which is of such great concern to all of the people ... William Lyon Mackenzie King
There is not only a right thing to do. There is a right time to do it. William Lyon Mackenzie King
How [can] 9 million people enter into such arrangements as are proposed with 90 million strangers on an open frontier of 4 thousand miles and at the same time preserve their national integrity?.... It is her own soul Canada risks today. Once that soul is pawned for any consideration Canada must inevitably conform to the commercial, legal, financial, social, and ethical standards which will be imposed upon her by the sheer admitted weight of the United States. Rudyard Kipling
In this place were a number of savages who had come for traffic in furs, several of whom came to our vessels with their canoes, which are from eight to nine paces long, and about a pace or pace and a half broad in their middle, growing narrower toward the two ends. They are very apt to turn over, in case one does not understand managing them, and are made of birch bark, strengthened on the inside by little ribs of white cedar, very neatly arranged. They are so light that a man can easily carry one. … . When they want to go overland to a river where they have business, they carry them with them. From Chouacoet along the coast as far as the harbor of Tadoussac, they are all alike. Samuel de Champlain
Canada is encompassed by many powerful Colonies of English who labor incessantly to ruin it by exciting all our Indians, and drawing them away with their peltries for which said English give them a great deal more merchandise than the French … Jean Baptiste Colbert; Marquis de Seignelay
We are informed you have already been called upon to waste your lives in a contest with us. Should you, by complying in this instance, assent to your new establishment, and a war break out with France, your wealth and your sons may be sent to perish in expeditions against their islands in the West Indies. It cannot be presumed that these considerations will have no weight with you, or that you are so lost to all sense of honor. We can never believe that the present race of Canadians are so degenerated as to possess neither the spirit, the gallantry, nor the courage of their ancestors. You certainly will not permit the infamy and disgrace of such pusillanimity to rest on your own heads, and the consequences of it on your children forever. We, for our parts, are determined to live free, or not at all; and are resolved, that posterity shall never reproach us with having brought slaves into the world. Continental Congress
I celebrate everyone’s opinion even if I disagree with it. Alanis Morissette
I see the FCC responding to an already repressive society and raw censorship is the result. Alanis Morissette
Music should never be harmless Robbie Robertson
Almost one-fourth of our children are living in poverty. No other western industrialized nation has anything close to that figure. This is not an act of God. There is no divine intervention that says children in America have to live in poverty more than children in Italy, or Denmark, or Great Britain, or Canada, or other western industrialized nations. It a result of flawed policy. It is a result of policy that panders to those who make campaign contributions rather than to needs Paul Simon
The object shall be to aid in the extinction of slavery all over the world by means exclusively lawful and peaceable, moral and religious, such as by the diffusing of useful information and argument, by tracts, newspapers, lectures and correspondence, and by manifesting sympathy with the houseless and homeless victims of slavery flying to our soil Canadian Anti-Slavery Society
… the settlement and moral improvement of the colored population of Canada, for the purpose of purchasing crown or clergy reserve lands in the township of Raleigh and settling the same with colored families resident in Canada of approved moral character Elgin Association
Perhaps your people do not know that the battle of Tippecanoe was the work of white men who came from Canada and urged us to make war. Shabonee
Canada has a choice when it comes to defending our sovereignty in the Arctic; either we use it or we lose it. Stephen Harper
… when we have the red man's consent, let the union spread from the east to the west sea; and if Texas petitions Congress to be adopted among the sons of liberty, give her the right hand of fellowship; and refuse not the same friendly grip to Canada and Mexico. Joseph Smith, Jr.
Schools in a democracy need to teach democratic values…. Schools are not doing that if they are trying to snuff out the spirit of inquiry ... Violating students’ rights is a poor way to teach them respect for rules. Toronto Globe & Mail
When you see yourself quoted in print and you're sorry you said it, it suddenly becomes a misquotation. Laurence J. Peter
English-speaking Canada, far from stifling Quebec, has acted...as a committed partner, a buffer, shielding its culture from the rest of an English-speaking continent that Quebecers perceive as a threatening force. Mordecai Richler
… superannuated bagmen Mordecai Richler
I did hold the language laws of Quebec up to ridicule because they are officious and ridiculous. Mordecai Richler
The truth is that we want nothing so much as to be American. I for one would rather that we chucked it all and joined the United States and stop defying the law of politics and geography…. The reality is that Canadians are Americans already without many of the advantages. Mordecai Richler
Nobody is sure what our culture is or whether we even have a national culture at all. Mordecai Richler
In South America governments are being overthrown all the time. In Canada, nobody is ever overthrown because nobody gives a damn. Also what the Canadian government does doesn’t really matter very much. We’re much more affected by what happens in Washington or Moscow, than what happens in Ottawa. Mordecai Richler
Quebec women are treated like sows. Mordecai Richler
So far as one can generalize, the most gracious, cultivated, and innovative people in this country are French Canadians. Certainly they have given us the most exciting politicians of our time: Trudeau, Levesque. Without them, Canada would be an exceedingly boring and greatly diminished place Mordecai Richler
Canada is not so much a country as a holding tank filled with the disgruntled progeny of defeated peoples. French-Canadians consumed by self-pity; the descendants of Scots who fled the Duke of Cumberland; Irish, the famine; and Jews, the Black Hundreds. Then there are the peasants from Ukraine, Poland, Italy and Greece, convenient to grow wheat and dig out the ore and swing the hammers and run the restaurants, but otherwise to be kept in their place. Most of us are huddled tight to the border, looking into the candy store window, scared of the Americans on one side and of the bush on the other Mordecai Richler
The trouble with half-truths is you never know which half you've got. Mike Gallay
Some voices are calling on America to circle the wagons. Some are even saying that our enemies do worse, so we should respond in kind. The problem here is that this is America. This is a constitutional republic based on the rule of law and equal respect for all persons. We can’t pretend that we can bend the rules any which way. We made the rules for ourselves. We have to live by them Michael Ignatieff
Being an American is not easy. It is hard. We are required to keep some serious promises. We are judged by a high standard, ones we crafted for ourselves in the founding documents of the republic, the ones that talk about the equality of all people, the ones that tell us that government is of the people, by the people and for the people. We need to live by this, at home and abroad, and it is just about the only thing we can do to face the hatred of those who want to destroy us. Our best defense is to stay true to who we are. Our best defense is to refuse to live in fear, of them, of ourselves, of anyone. Michael Ignatieff
I’m in politics to speak up for a Canada that takes risks, that stands up for what’s right. A Canada that leads. Michael Ignatieff
The Only cure for nihilism is for liberal democratic societies - their electorates, their judiciary, and their political leadership- to insist that force is legitimate only to the degree that it serves defensible political goals. Thus implies a constant exercise of due diligence... Michael Ignatieff
To defeat evil, we may have to traffic in evils: indefinite detention of suspects, coercive interrogations, targeted assassinations, even pre-emptive war. Michael Ignatieff
Why the hell do I want to go to a place like Mombassa?... I just see myself in a pot of boiling water with all these natives dancing around me. Mel Lastman
When have you ever heard the United States take the blame for anything? Mel Lastman
Whoever deviates from this policy that I have established, privately or publicly, will be expelled from the Union Nationale. Maurice L. Duplessis
It's misleading to suppose there's any basic difference between education & entertainment. This distinction merely relieves people of the responsibility of looking onto the matter. Marshall McLuhan
We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us. Marshall McLuhan
The dumbest secession movement in the world... the world's most pointless secession movement: They want to leave Canada in order to set up a country that looks exactly the same — confiscatory taxation, moribund health service, no mail service on weekends Mark Steyn
We're told the old-school imperialists were racists, that they thought of the wogs as inferior. But, if so, they at least considered them capable of improvement. The multiculturalists are just as racist. The only difference is that they think the wogs can never reform: ‘Good heavens, you can't expect a Muslim in Norway not to go about raping the womenfolk! Much better just to get used to it.’ Mark Steyn
What do these enemies of the human race look like? Do they wear on their foreheads a sign so that they may be told, shunned and condemned as criminals? No. On the contrary. They are the respectable ones. They are honored. They call themselves, and are called, gentlemen. What a travesty on the name, Gentlemen! They are the pillars of the state, of the church, of society. They support private and public charity out of the excess of their wealth. They endow institutions. In their private lives they are kind and considerate. They obey the law, their law, the law of property. But there is one sign by which these gentle gunmen can be told. Threaten a reduction on the profit of their money and the beast in them awakes with a snarl. They become ruthless as savages, brutal as madmen, remorseless as executioners. Such men as these must perish if the human race is to continue. There can be no permanent peace in the world while they live. Such an organization of human society as permits them to exist must be abolished Henry Norman Bethune
The Past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be worshipped. It is our future in which we will find our greatness. Pierre Trudeau
Nuclear weapons exist. They probably always will. And they work, with horrible efficiency. They threaten the very future of our species. We have no choice but to manage that risk. Never again can we put the task out of our minds; nor trivialize it; nor make it routine. Pierre Trudeau
Bilingualism is not an imposition on the citizens - it is an imposition on the state. Pierre Trudeau
I don't really know what a cyclotron is but I am certainly very happy Canada has one! Pierre Trudeau
In Quebec, people are moved too often by passion and too little by intelligence. Pierre Trudeau
Not a single one, not a single one among us [French Canadians], in 200 years, has won a battle... and this is what it is to be colonized! When we have but martyrs! How can we have aspirations!? How can we have the will to fight!? Pierre Bourgault
I don’t talk to the Taliban. Guy Laroche
Canada acceding to this confederation, and joining in the measures of the united states, shall be admitted into, and entitled to all the advantages of this union: but no other colony shall be admitted into the same, unless such admission be agreed to by nine states. United States
Peace, Order and Good Government. Canada
Unfettered free trade has been a disaster not only for Americans but for the working people of Mexico and Canada as well. Bernie Sanders
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. Jean Chretien
For what is life but deadly strife / Which knows no truce or pause ? / And what is death but want of breath / To curse their alien laws ? D'Arcy McGee
He is not seldom a dealer, by wholesale or retail, in spirituous liquors; sometimes a lawyer, sometimes an editor. He is always ready with his money subscription to the church, but seldom goes to church, He lies up on Sunday, after the toils of the week, reading a sporting journal or a police gazette. He has a ready rowdy sort of rhetoric, and is never at a loss, when called on, to propose or second a resolution. He is particularly savage on England, and grows quite pathetic, unprepared as he is, at the mere mention of " the old land." A fair share of mother wit-a sufficient stock of spending-money, and a vast deal of brass- complete the equipment of this very active, very important, and much courted individual. D'Arcy McGee
We are loyal, because our equal civil, social, and religious rights are respected by this [the Canadian] Government in theory and in practice. Were it otherwise, we would be otherwise. D'Arcy McGee
The inclinations of men differ according to their varied dispositions; and each one in his calling has his particular end in view. Some aim at gain, some at glory, some at the public weal. Samuel de Champlain
For the past several years the United Nations has proclaimed Canada to be "The Best Place In The World To Live." But if you value individual and economic liberty, you are not likely to agree…What is it about Canada that the UN sees as especially praiseworthy and, by implication, the model to be emulated by other regimes? Could it be high taxation, centralized power, wealth redistribution between regions, and social engineering? Adam Young
No-one wants polluted air, water or land, denuded forests or extinct animal species. But the error most people make is to trust the legislature to prevent these tragedies. What they don’t realize is how big a role the legislature has played historically in causing environmental destruction. Karen Selick
Visible minorities lead in education but trail in income. Globe & Mail
John F. Kennedy once said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." I have never understood why this utterance, which in essence urges everyone to volunteer themselves as unquestioning slaves, guinea pigs and cannon fodder to a grasping state, is quoted with such reverence. What Kennedy should have said is this: “Ask lots of very pointed questions about what your country promises to do for you, and don't forget to ask exactly what it proposes to do to you. Then pick the place that offers the best deal. You will be doing a favour not only to yourself, but potentially to all of mankind.” Karen Selick
In many cases, if the custodial parent decides to move across the country, or decides to make it difficult for the access parent to obtain access, the non-custodial parent has suffered a loss that, while not as severe as the death of a child, is certainly a severe loss. That parent gets no compensation whatsoever for the loss of that child through divorce. In fact, what we actually do is we turn around and kick him in the teeth one more time by saying that not only do you lose your child, but you now have the privilege of paying money every month to the person who did this to you. That is why, in my brief, I recommended changing the custody laws. Karen Selick
If I work 60 hours a week, for example, and I make much more money than someone who works 40 hours a week, is my standard of living higher? I suppose it depends on your values. If I do not have time, because I work 60 hours a week, to spend time with my children, I may not consider myself to have a high standard of living. Karen Selick
Parliamentarians would prefer to follow the path of least resistance and vote for the myths that the public opinion polls show their constituents believe in, instead of taking the trouble to educate themselves and their constituents. Karen Selick
From each according to his stability, caution and diligence, to each according to his instability, carelessness and lethargy Karen Selick
When property is owned communally, everyone has an incentive to use it up quickly, before someone else does. No-one bothers to maintain or improve it, because their efforts will simply benefit others Karen Selick
I think cultures that emphasize individualism, entrepreneurship, realism, liberty and private property are superior to cultures that emphasize collectivism, adherence to ancient ritual, mysticism, subjugation to the group, and communal property. Karen Selick
What is the basic unit of "self" in the expression "self-government?" How large does your group have to be before it can be a government unto itself? In fact, do you have to be part of a group at all? Karen Selick
About 36 percent of all homicides in Canada involve guns. By coincidence, about 34 percent of all homicides in Canada involve family members. One might conclude that families are just slightly less dangerous than guns. Karen Selick
Why attempt to keep drugs out of the country, or prevent them from being sold? After all, police can't be everywhere at once. Since choices have to be made, it will be tempting to let the drug trade proceed unmolested, then just go after the cash. Karen Selick
Once the state becomes the ultimate beneficiary of crime proceeds, how different is it, really, from being simply the most powerful gang in a battlefield of gangs? Karen Selick
Neither our present-day natives nor their ancestors ever surrendered their sovereignty…. Frankly, I don't recall ever surrendering my sovereignty either. I was never asked whether I accepted the rule of federal, provincial or municipal governments over me. I was simply born here, like a Mohawk or an Inuit, and successive groups of people calling themselves the government have taken it upon themselves to claim that they rule me. Karen Selick
When men and women were running around in a state of nature (by which is meant an absence of government, not an absence of clothing), … Karen Selick
The legal profession has been built by men for men in a man’s world. Women find it distinctly uncomfortable. Adrienne Clarkson
The Law Society should be more of a mirror of society. Adrienne Clarkson
Every new law enforcement measure in recent years has been met with increasingly sophisticated evasive techniques on the part of organized crime. Karen Selick
Law is the only direct product of democracy. Paul McKeever
The existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada are hereby recognized and affirmed. Canada
Subsection (1) does not preclude any law, program or activity that has as its object the amelioration of conditions of disadvantaged individuals or groups including those that are disadvantaged because of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age, or mental or physical disability Canada
Every citizen of Canada has the right to enter, remain in, and leave Canada. Canada
History is the record of an encounter between character and circumstances. Donald Creighton
Honor does not have to be defended. Robert J. Sawyer
The right things to do are those that keep our violence in abeyance; the wrong things are those that bring it to the fore. Robert J. Sawyer
You can't choose the ways in which you'll be tested. Robert J. Sawyer
Canada reserves 35% of its immigration slots for skills they need. We reserve 6%. We educate the (foreign) doctors, but don’t give them a green card. Michael Bloomberg
The slaveholders are publishing, as in so many legibly written volumes, in the faces of their mulatto offspring, the sad, sickening evidences of their abominable immoralities…What a religion must that be, which declares that the system, of which these deeds are part, is ordained, sanctioned, owned and blest, of God! Samuel Ringgold Ward
The way to get elected was to keep the market economy humming while cushioning people against its inevitable risks through ever more lavish social programs. David Frum
Canada appears content to become a second-tier socialistic country, boasting ever more loudly about its economy and social services to mask its second-rate status, led by a second-world strongman appropriately suited for the task. Stephen Harper
The time has come to recognize that the U.S. will continue to exercise unprecedented power in a world where international rules are still unreliable and where security and advancing of the free democratic order still depend significantly on the possession and use of military might. Stephen Harper
… weak nation strategy Stephen Harper
While all branches of government are responsible for the delivery of justice ...the judiciary has a different relationship with the public. It is accountable less to the public's opinions and more to the public interest. This means that the occasional judgment will collide with some public expectations, which will, inevitably, create controversy. But judgments that are controversial are not thereby illegitimate or undemocratic; they are, in fact, democracy at work. Rosalie Silberman Abella
Fervor outweighs numbers. Simcha Jacobovici
There is a profound unfairness embedded in the economic system. Irshad Manji
I get sick ... not because of drink but because I am forced to listen to the ranting of my honourable opponent. John A. MacDonald
I want to govern provincially no more. I want national independence … I took time for this decision because I know all the perils of this mission. I want to ask you to struggle also in order that our country can be born in the near future Bernard Landry
In Canada and abroad, the linguistic policy of Quebec is too often negatively perceived. The business community and the media in particular know it very little. For their part, the Americans remain opposed to a legislation that appears to them to reduce individual liberties and limit the use of English. For them, language and culture are two separate elements, they do not see how the protection of Quebec culture also includes the protection of the French language, even though 35 American States have adopted declarations proclaiming English the official language. Thus, must be developed the perception that Quebec culture is a part of the North-American heritage and that it is necessary to preserve it. It is also important to correct the erroneous perceptions regarding the Quebec language policy and its application Estates-General on the Situation and Future of the French Language in Quebec
After having defeated and dispersed them ... it will be necessary to winter troops at that and some other posts, to prevent the Iroquois returning and reestablishing themselves there, and to people those beautiful countries with other Indians who will have served under us during this war. Jean Baptiste Colbert
We have a clear right to expect, therefore, that no European Government will seek to establish colonial dependencies upon the territory of these independent American States. Benjamin Harrison
Greed has been severely underestimated and denigrated—unfairly so in my opinion. … there's nothing wrong with avarice as a motive as long as it doesn't lead to dishonest … conduct. Conrad Black
If any citizen or citizens of the United States, or person inhabiting the same, shall transport or attempt to transport, over land or otherwise, in any wagon, cart, sleigh, boat, or otherwise, naval or military stores, arms or the munitions of war, or any article of provision, from any place of the United States, to any place in Upper or Lower Canada, Nova Scotia or New Brunswick the wagon, cart, sleigh, boat, or the thing by-which the said naval or military stores, arms, or munitions of war or articles of provision are transported or attempted to be transported, together with such naval or military stores, army munitions of war or provisions, shall be forfeited to the use of the United States, and the person or persons aiding or privy to the same shall severally forfeit and pay to the use of the United States a sum equal in value to the wagon, cart, sleigh, boat, or thing by which the said naval or military stores, arms, or munitions of war or articles of provision, are transported, or are attempted to be transported; and shall moreover be considered as guilty of a misdemeanor, and be liable to be Sued in a sum not exceeding five hundred dollars, and imprisoned for a tern not exceeding six months, in the discretion of the court United States Congress
American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's-license age than at voting age. Marshall McLuhan
Jews are the brothers of the monkeys and the swine. Verily behind me is a Jew. Then come and kill him Unfortunately we hear too many people saying we must build bridges with them. No. They understand one language. It is the language of the sword, and it is the only language they understand., In order to establish security on this earth …, the word of Allah will be the superior word. Younus Kathrada
You can't bring Saudi Arabia into Canada. Zijad Delic
I don't know why we need so many more prisons when the crooks seem so happy in the Senate. John Gilbert Layton
The inhabitants are hardly barbarous, they have a ...marvelous faculty for remembering places, and for describing them to one another. They ...can recall things that a White could not rehearse without writing Francesco Giuseppe Bressani
Put simply, we must always remember that separate but equal is not equal. Paul Martin
Canada can't be preaching about human rights and democracy elsewhere until it starts dealing with its aboriginal people in Canada. Elijah Harper
This is one victory that Canada cannot deny to aboriginal people. Elijah Harper
It is only puny secrets that need protecting. Great secrets are protected by public incredulity. Marshall McLuhan
You will, this night, set out with the detachment, as ordered yesterday, viz., of two hundred men, which you will take under your command and proceed to Missisqui Bay. From thence you will proceed in such a manner as shall most effectually disgrace and injure the enemy, and redound to the honor and success of His Majesty's arms. Remember the barbarities committed by the enemy's Indian scoundrels on every occasion, where they have had opportunities of showing their famous cruelties towards His Majesty's subjects. Take your revenge; but remember that although the villains have promiscuously murdered women and children of all ages, it is my order that no women or children should be hurt. When you have performed this service, you will again join the army, wherever it may be. Jeffery Amhurst
… a long time ago, in the future … Anonymous
We send our peacekeepers off to some disputed zone, full of local intrigue and power blocs and uncertainty and danger, and they are supposed to save lives not with their weapons, but through their competence and their character. And they do it. Romeo LeBlanc
They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. And unfortunately, it is also the definition of Canadian politics. Rick Mercer
I've spent my energy on some reasonably exciting causes, but I've run out of new ideas. Brian Mulroney
The corporate welfare state derived from an approach to economic development which worships at the shrine of the gross national product. David Lewis
The purpose of privilege is not to place parliamentarians above the law, but rather to allow them to carry out their duties independently and effectively, in the national interest. John Allen Fraser
Question Period is not part of the legislative process, and has nothing to do with it. It is a means of monitoring the Executive that the Government cannot evade. John Allen Fraser
While the American Constitution was the child of war, ours grew out of discussion, bargaining and negotiation. John Allen Fraser
Democracy is not a form of government. It is a political philosophy that can be embodied in various systems of government. John Allen Fraser
The House Of Commons has never been a tea-party. It consists of strong-minded, often very idealistic people, who are trying to accomplish something for our country. We are inheritors of an adversarial system and that, in itself, fosters conflict. John Allen Fraser
Public opinion can become polarized into a bimodal distribution with only a few people in the center and many more lying toward the extremes. But under such circumstances, democracy will probably break down … Thomas Eugene Flanagan
The very existence of a bicameral legislature is itself another defense of the status quo. Thomas Eugene Flanagan
If politics is an art, it is not like sculpture or painting, where one side acts and the other is passive material. It is more like drama without a script, or dance without choreography - in other words, improvisation. Thomas Eugene Flanagan
'Canadian society' or the 'Canadian nation' cannot decide anything, because no one is in charge. Thomas Eugene Flanagan
In Washington they have their hawks and doves and in Ottawa we have our parrots. Thomas Clement Douglas
Those who want to burn books are either afraid of the ideas contained within the covers or they haven't the courage to stand up for the views which they themselves profess to hold. Thomas Clement Douglas
No nation can survive politically free but economically enslaved. Thomas Clement Douglas
The greatest way to defend democracy is to make it work. Thomas Clement Douglas
The capitalist system did not produce the machine age; the machine age produced the capitalist system. The material prosperity that the world has enjoyed for the last seventy-five years or one hundred years has been due to the introduction of power; steam power, then electric power and the internal combustion engine. The capitalist system or the free enterprise system - the terms are synonymous and interchangeable - was the product of the power age. The capitalist system did not produce the power age. Thomas Clement Douglas
Will it be a great source of comfort to certain Canadian boys to know that the bullet that maimed them for life was made from Canadian nickel sold by the International Nickel Company? Thomas Clement Douglas
You can tell the values of a nation by its advertisements George Norman Douglas
By leveraging their freedom from the bonds of location, corporations could now dictate the economic policy of governments. Joel Bakan
No one's reputation is quite what he himself perceives it ought to be. Christopher Vokes
Command is often not what you do but the way you do it…. one can't command sitting on one's ass in the rear. Christopher Vokes
Generals do not always run wars the way they would like to, nor the troops under them. Christopher Vokes
The meek are a hell of a long way from inheriting the earth. Christopher Vokes
In opposition, there's not much one can do. One doesn't have the carrot and one doesn't have the stick. One can't promote and one can't fire. And persuasion has its limits. John Napier Wyndham Turner
In any democracy, there is always a tug-of-war between policies to achieve equality and policies to promote excellence. I am certain that Canada can achieve both equality and excellence. John Napier Wyndham Turner
Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it. Stephen Leacock
The atomic bomb is too dangerous to be loose in a lawless world. That is why Great Britain, Canada, and the United States, who have the secret of its production, do not intend to reveal that secret until means have been found to control the bomb so as to protect ourselves and the rest of the world from the danger of total destruction. Harry S Truman
There is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation. Pierre Trudeau
If you want to see me again, don't bring signs saying "Trudeau is a pig" and don't bring signs that he hustles women, because I won't talk to you. I didn't get into politics to be insulted. And don't throw wheat at me either. If you don't stop that, I'll kick you right in the ass Pierre Trudeau
Liberalism is the philosophy for our time, because it does not try to conserve every tradition of the past, because it does not apply to new problems the old doctrinaire solutions, because it is prepared to experiment and innovate and because it knows that the past is less important than the future. Pierre Trudeau
A country, after all, is not something you build as the pharaohs built the pyramids, and then leave standing there to defy eternity. A country is something that is built every day out of certain basic shared values. Pierre Trudeau
The state has an active role to play in ensuring that there is equilibrium between the constituent parts of the economy, the consumers and the producers. Pierre Trudeau
What is considered sinful in one of the great religions to which citizens belong isn't necessarily sinful in the others. Criminal law therefore cannot be based on the notion of sin … Pierre Trudeau
A constitution can permit the co-existence of several cultures and ethnic groups with a single state Pierre Trudeau
We peer so suspiciously at each other that we cannot see that we Canadians are standing on the mountaintop of human wealth, freedom and privilege. Pierre Trudeau
A society which emphasizes uniformity is one which creates intolerance and hate. Pierre Trudeau
With the growing urgency of climate change, we cannot have it both ways. We cannot shout from the rooftops about the dangers of global warming and then turn around and shout even louder about the "dangers" of windmills. David Suzuki
Our concepts of ballot-box democracy may need to be modified to produce strong governments capable of making difficult decisions Maurice Strong
It is simply not feasible for sovereignty to be exercised unilaterally by individual nation-states, however powerful. It is a principle which will yield only slowly and reluctantly to the imperatives of global environmental cooperation. Maurice Strong
What if a small group of world leaders were to conclude that the principal risk to the Earth comes from the actions of the rich countries? And if the world is to survive, those rich countries would have to sign an agreement reducing their impact on the environment. Will they do it? The group's conclusion is 'no'. The rich countries won't do it. They won't change. So, in order to save the planet, the group decides: Isn't the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn't it our responsibility to bring that about? Maurice Strong
If we don't change, our species will not survive... Frankly, we may get to the point where the only way of saving the world will be for industrial civilization to collapse. Maurice Strong
In some countries the effort to debate and legislate the social and ethical implications of the new biological and genetic technologies often precedes their application. This observation confirms the realization by the public that biotechnological applications will interfere with all the basic and profound value systems considered by every human being Calum MacKellar
I am not a racist, only a culturist. I believe Western culture - rule of law, universal suffrage - is preferable to Arab culture. That's why there are millions of Muslims in Scandinavia, and four Scandinavians in Syria. Follow the traffic. Mark Steyn
In the multicultural West, our values are that we have no values: we accord all values equal value Mark Steyn
One of the glaring failures of capitalism is the continuing widespread existence of poverty - often extreme poverty. Even in the advanced economies, many millions of people endure terrible economic and social deprivation, despite the incredible wealth all around them. Jim Stanford
Competition—ruthless, unforgiving, to-the-death competition—is a crucial feature of capitalism. Jim Stanford
Employers crave the power to fire workers whose performance is judged inferior-not just to get rid of those particular workers, but more importantly to motivate and discipline the rest of the workforce. Jim Stanford
With … corporations, investors can place bets on the success of many different companies, without having to play a central management role in any one of them. Jim Stanford
Capitalism … has existed for fewer than 300 years. If the entire history of Homo sapiens was a 24-hour day, then capitalism has existed for two minutes … Economic systems come, and economic systems go. No economic system lasts forever. Capitalism is not likely to last forever, either. Jim Stanford
Everyone has an interest in the economy: in how it functions, how well it functions, and in whose interests it functions. Jim Stanford
Deficits of that size are foreign to my thinking. Mike Harcourt
The mistakes you made you tend to conveniently forget Kenneth D. Taylor
The Crown as a symbol of sovereignty encourages British Canadians to ignore their own failure to build a united nation by allowing them an illusory participation in a history and a greatness not properly theirs. John F. Conway
… to the Canadian, the American is an absolutist in his political philosophy. His history from the beginning has made him so. The first Puritan settlers had crossed the ocean to found their city set upon a hill, an example to other nations, a chosen people, the grain that God had sifted from a whole nation to plant in the empty continent. This sense of special selection, of possession of a new and higher truth, became secularized, but it did not diminish. John F. Conway
The break with and the rejection of Europe, decisive in the making of the American people, did not take place in Canada. In the formative period of Canadian history the immigrant's arrival in North America represented not a rejection of Europe and its values but an affirmation of them. This is the deepest and most meaningful difference between Canada and the United States. John F. Conway
Our development as a people has for many years been overshadowed in our own eyes and in the eyes of the world by the remarkable growth, and achievements of the American Union. John F. Conway
The growth of New England was a result of the aggregate efforts of a busy multitude, each in his narrow circle toiling for himself, to gather competence or wealth. The expansion of New France was the achievement of a gigantic ambition striving to grasp a continent. It was a vain attempt. Francis Parkman
Children raised in families at the high end of the socioeconomic scale are more likely to be exposed to a stimulating environment and set upon an advantageous path in life with respect to health, cognitive development and social skills. If the brain does not receive the requisite environmental stimulation at certain critical periods, the window of opportunity closes and development fails to occur. Miles Corak
The capacity of children to become self-sufficient and successful adults is compromised not only by monetary poverty, but by poverty of experience, influence, and expectation Miles Corak
As income inequality increases, social mobility falls. Miles Corak
Like Venice’s oligarchs, America’s super-rich are destroying the social mobility that creates wealth. Chrystia Freeland
It is no accident that in America today the gap between the very rich and everyone else is wider than at any time since the Gilded Age. Now, as then, the titans are seeking an even greater political voice to match their economic power. Now, as then, the inevitable danger is that they will confuse their own self-interest with the common good. Chrystia Freeland
Elites that have prospered from inclusive systems can be tempted to pull up the ladder they climbed to the top. Eventually, their societies become extractive and their economies languish…. it is the danger America faces today, as the 1 percent pulls away from everyone else and pursues an economic, political and social agenda that will increase that gap even further — ultimately destroying the open system that made America rich and allowed its 1 percent to thrive in the first place. Chrystia Freeland
Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing. Lucy Maud Montgomery
Let America add Mexico to Texas, and pile Cuba upon Canada; let the English overswarm all India, and hang out their blazing banner from the sun; two thirds of this terraqueous globe are the Nantucketer's. For the sea is his; he owns it. Herman Melville
Some information has to remain in the privy of the office of the Prime Minister and the ministers for the proper administration of government. Jean Chretien
The overarching purpose of access to information legislation … is to facilitate democracy. It does so in two related ways. It helps to ensure first, that citizens have the information required to participate meaningfully in the democratic process, and secondly, that politicians and bureaucrats remain accountable to the citizenry. Gerard Vincent LaForest
Bureaucracy always seeks the path of least disclosure. Darrell P. W. Evans
Circumstances alter cases. Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Canada is not so much a country as a continental suburb, where Little Leaguers govern ineffectually, desperate for American approval. Mordecai Richler
By tradition the Conservatives are, as the name shows, the party of laissez-faire, the opponents of change, the 'go-slows.' The Liberals are the party of change, the 'go-quicks.' Ramsay Traquair
Canada did not have a financial crises just because the Canadian Government said “No” to their bankers. Chrystia Freeland
Politics is about the persuasion required to move people to judgment. Bob Rae
We do not yet have a politics that is equal to the economics around us. Bob Rae
Change is the cliché of our time. It also happens to be the prevailing truth. Bob Rae
Many on the right confuse the "is" of globalization with the "ought" of simply accepting all its effects. They preach a political quietism that is really just a cloak for greed. Bob Rae
As I grow older, I have had to discard some ideas and policies because they no longer make sense. This strikes me as entirely healthy. I would invite others to do the same. Bob Rae
When America passed the Fugitive Slave Law compelling men to catch their fellows more brutally than runaway dogs, Canada, aristocratic, unrepublican Canada, still stretched her arms to those who might reach her. But there is no refuge upon earth for the enslaved sex. Right where we are, there we must dig our trenches, and win or die. Voltairine de Cleyre
America’s super-elite has been particularly effective at using the tools of a political democracy to protect its minority privilege. Chrystia Freeland
Today’s super-rich are increasingly a nation unto themselves Chrystia Freeland
I know it seems improbable to your divinely guided master in the White House that mere mortals might disagree with participating in a missile-defense system that has failed in its last three tests, even though the tests themselves were carefully rigged to show results. But, gosh, we folks above the 49th parallel are somewhat cautious types who can't quite see laying down billions of dollars in a three-dud poker game. Lloyd Axworthy
Coming to Ottawa might also expose you to a parliamentary system that has a thing called question period every day, where those in the executive are held accountable by an opposition for their actions, and where demands for public debate on important topics such as missile defense can be made openly. You might also notice that it's a system in which the governing party's caucus members are not afraid to tell their leader that their constituents don't want to follow the ideological, perhaps teleological, fantasies of Canada's continental co-inhabitant. Lloyd Axworthy
Some wonder why I have such a feeling of concern over the imposition of the death penalty. I ask those who wonder how would you feel if you defended a man charged with murder, who was as innocent as any hon. member in this House at this very moment, who was convicted; whose appeal was dismissed, who was executed; and six months later the star witness for the Crown admitted that he, himself, had committed the murder and blamed it on the accused? That experience will never be effaced from my memory. John G. Diefenbaker
A government may only govern so long as the people, through their representatives, vote it the money to carry on. Judy LaMarsh
Pity the Party without enough woman power - there will always be dreamers and leaders, but the dreams won't come true, nor will the leaders reach their goal, without the ready doers. Judy LaMarsh
Being a part of a political party is something like being a partner in a marriage -- work at it and stay loyal to it, and when you can't stomach it any longer, leave it. Judy LaMarsh
Whenever Canada moves to protect its own industries and people, it is subjected to violent attacks in the U.S. Congress and to threats of economic retaliation. Judy LaMarsh
One of the signs of natural leaders of men (and women) was their readiness to take the necessary pains to keep their followers with them. Judy LaMarsh
I had, in my legal practice, often encountered really shocking examples of the devastating impact of the costs of long-term medical care on meager incomes. And, just before I was elected, I had my own personal experience in paying very considerable bills for my mother's terminal illness. Judy LaMarsh
The unexpressed aim of every politician is to influence events that history books will record his name - and spell it right. Judy LaMarsh
Our kids now face pressures that didn’t exist when I was growing up…. As parents, it’s very hard to help our children because their experiences are so different to anything we had. Laureen Harper
The Government in the US has become responsible for farmers’ income, leaving the big (transnational) buyers in the market free to exploit their oligopolistic position Sophia Murphy
Belief in the panacea-like qualities of free trade amounts to ‘collective insanity’. David Suzuki
Canadians often define themselves as having a better public health system than the Americans, this is not mere cultural preference. Besides being a resistance to American ideology, the advocacy for public health is a response to the North American Free Trade Agreement, to globalization. Jeremy Agar
The media are a bunch of maggots…. I don't smoke crack cocaine! Robert Ford
The oceans have shrunk, until today both Europe and Asia border the United States almost as do Canada and Mexico. Hoyt Sanford Vandenberg
The human word is neither immortal nor invulnerable; but it is the power that orders our chaos, and the light by which we live. Northrop Frye
Biological science is a tool, and like all tools, it can be used for good or bad. It’s like a knife blade with three edges: The edge that cuts, the dull edge that does not cut well and the edge that cuts what you do not want it to. Margaret Atwood
Massachusetts we look at as the home of liberal democracy. In the 16th century, it was the home of repressive theology. Margaret Atwood
People do not like to be confronted with unpleasant possibilities of their own futures. Margaret Atwood
Exert the greatest vigilance in discovering and defeating any British attempt to take over California. James Buchanan
Learn, Earn, Serve Mark Carney
Let Those Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark Anonymous
Financial institutions risk becoming socially useless unless they focus on the real economy and help businesses invest and create jobs. Mark Carney
Today’s fear mongering about international crime frequently relies on dire warnings about “broken borders”. But those who claim that U. S. borders are out of control now forget that those borders were never effectively controlled in the first place. In fact, the United States has always had highly permeable borders. Border smuggling has defined the U. S. Mexican economic relationship from the start; the same is true of the U. S. Canadian relationship. Peter Andreas
.. the amount of sensitive information held within the national security apparatus is immensely larger than it was a generation ago. Technological change has caused an explosion in the rate of information production within government agencies, as everywhere else. Alasdair Roberts
Central bankers swooped to the rescue only once it became clear that the leaders we had elected were unwilling or unable to do the job. Technocracy trumped democracy—and probably saved it. But how many central political functions can democracies farm out to unelected superheroes while still remaining democratic? Chrystia Freeland
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend Robertson Davies
All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values Marshall McLuhan
Knowledge is potential power. It transforms itself into actual power the moment you decisively act on it. Robin Sharma
Incarcerating people for their [drug] consumption choices has the consistency of arresting a survivor of suicide for attempted murder. Ilana Mercer
A brave nation fights because it must; a cowardly nation fights because it can. Ilana Mercer
In a free society, the ‘vision thing’ is left to private individuals; civil servants are kept on a tight leash, because free people understand that a ‘visionary’ bureaucrat is a voracious one and that the grander the government... the poorer and less free the people. Ilana Mercer
Islamic terrorism is the handiwork of people who’ve heeded, not hijacked, Islam. Ilana Mercer
Distinguish we must between the right of the people the world over to be free and our obligation to free them. We have a solemn [negative] duty not to violate the rights of foreigners everywhere to life, liberty and property. But we have no duty to uphold their rights. Why? Because the ostensible upholding of the negative rights of the world's citizens involves compromising the negative liberties of Americans—our lives, our liberties and our livelihoods. A just government’s duty is to its own citizens first. Ilana Mercer
Now we have the hacker kids playing politics. Frank Work
The data on worker displacement after NAFTA reads like a funeral program for the middle class. David Bonior
Vision is not political rhetoric Jean Chretien
Yes, Internet gambling is illegal in Canada but we are not Canadians. We’re members of the Haudenosaunee--5 Nation Confederacy… the Kahnawake. We’re not Canadian. Michael Ahríhron Delisle Jr.
… to go at once and establish a perfectly despotic government in Quebec, contrary to the genius and spirit of the British Constitution, carries with it the appearance of a love of despotism, and a settled design to enslave the American people. Charles James Fox
The injuries of Boston have roused and associated every colony from Nova Scotia to Georgia. Your Province is the only link that is wanting to complete the bright, strong chain of union. Continental Congress
We should have mastered Quebec and been in possession of Canada. John Adams
… if some unforeseen assistance does not speedily arrive, I am afraid that this City and Province [Quebec] will soon be in the hands of the Rebels. John Hamilton
None of the U. S. Navy’s current surface ships are powerful enough to navigate in the Arctic…. Russia owns 30 icebreakers, some nuclear powered. Canada has 13. Even South Korea and China which lack Arctic coastlines, own new icebreakers, The U. S. Coast Guard has only 3. 1 is inoperative. 1 … is on its last legs, and 1 is a floating research lab. Scott Borgerson
My defense of the province [Quebec] would have succeeded had not this wretched people[the French Canadians] been blind to honor, duty, and their own interest. Guy Carleton
Had I been 10 days sooner, Quebec must inevitably fallen into our hands, as there was not a man there to oppose us. Benedict Arnold
The idea [of the Quantum Computer] is to create a machine that is as intelligence as humans, and probably much more so. Geordie Rose
Under the George W. Bush Administration…, the United States was generally seen as having the capacity and resolve, to pursue its own agenda in complete disregard of other states’ preferences. Carla Norloff
Growth can also involve producing services instead of goods. In particular, a major expansion of public and caring services (like child care, education, elder care, and other life-affirming programs) would generate huge increases in GDP and incomes, with virtually no impact on the environment. Jim Stanford
Since 1840 the United States has had 12 systemic banking crises and Canada has had none …. It all has to do with politics. Liaquat Ahamed
History cannot be erased, although we can soothe ourselves by speculating about it. Margaret Atwood
As a psychopathic creature, the corporation can neither recognize nor act upon moral reasons to refrain from harming others. Joel Bakan
The rights to life, liberty and property were not meant to be subject to the vagaries of majority rule. Ilana Mercer
Party politics in modern democratic society means pandering to a wide variety of different groups and sympathizing with their often quite base motives, such as revenge, power, booty, and spoils, to maintain the necessary level of support. Randal Marlin
De Gaulle was more responsible with his troublesome interventions into our domestic politics, for unifying our country than we will ever give him credit for. Judy LaMarsh
… politics is about wanting power, getting it, exercising it, and keeping it. Jean Chretien
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. Jean Chretien
We would be in trouble as a society if there wasn't a constant pressure to make reforms and to be just. Jean Chretien
Over the years, I have seen too many politicians ruin their careers because they could not accept defeat graciously. Jean Chretien
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. Jean Chretien
To be frank, politics is about wanting power, getting it, exercising it, and keeping it. Jean Chretien
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 Jean Chretien
I've never believed in seeking perfection at the risk of losing everything. Jean Chretien
U.S. imperialism will be compelled to withdraw its troops, and to allow the people of Vietnam to settle their national affairs as they wish. Tim Buck
What I compare bike lanes to is swimming with the sharks. Sooner or later you're going to get bitten... Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks, not for people on bikes. My heart bleeds for them when I hear someone gets killed, but it's their own fault at the end of the day Rob Ford
In reality, bias against ‘heretics’ is felt today just as it used to be. Many give way to it as much as their forefathers used to do. Only, they have turned it against political adversaries. Those are the only ones with whom they refuse to mix. Sectarianism has only changed its object and taken other forms, because the vital interest has shifted. Should we dare to say that this shifting is progress? Henri de Lubac
I have an intensive hatred for discrimination based on color. John G. Diefenbaker
Everyone is against me - except the people! John G. Diefenbaker
There can be no dedication to Canada's future without a knowledge of its past. John G. Diefenbaker
Politics is a game of friends. Jean Chretien
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. Jean Chretien
These Yankee politicians are the lowest race of thieves in existence. John Sparrow Thompson
What the masses want are monuments. Jean Drapeau
In the course of waging that war, the people of Canada had shown that it was possible for them to maintain nearly a million men in uniform and at the same time expand all the facilities for production within Canada at an unprecedented speed, including building industries which had never existed in Canada before... and by and large the cost of production in Canada compared favorable with the cost of production anywhere else among the Allies... All of this was accomplished without any foreign investment, without and foreign loans... We were quite capable of self-development. Tim Buck
The French, in 1763, gave up Canada rather than Guadeloupe to the British, who accepted the former instead of the latter with hesitating reluctance. David Hunter Miller
Why did they pick the [Indian] Reservations to lay down their pipeline? They were probably thinking the indigenous people were not going to stand up. Michaelynn Hawk
If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn't get AIDS probably, that's bottom line...those are the facts. Rob Ford
I used crack cocaine probably in one of my drunken stupors Rob Ford
Those Oriental people work like dogs. They work their hearts out. They are workers non-stop. They sleep beside their machines. That's why they're successful in life. I went to Seoul, South Korea, I went to Taipei, Taiwan. I went to Tokyo, Japan. That's why these people are so hard workers (sic). I'm telling you, the Oriental people, they're slowly taking over Rob Ford
Free speech is meaningless if the commercial cacophony has risen to the point where no one can hear you. Naomi Klein
The American Revolution produced two new countries—The United States and Canada Gordon S. Wood
The United States does not tolerate distant great powers deploying military forces anywhere in the Western Hemisphere, much less on its borders. Imagine the outrage in Washington if China built an impressive military alliance and tried to include Canada and Mexico in it. Logic aside, Russian leaders have told their Western counterparts on many occasions that they consider NATO expansion into Georgia and Ukraine unacceptable, along with any effort to turn those countries against Russia. John J. Mearsheimer
Individuals deserve the right to control what happens to their personal data at any given moment -- not only after someone else has obtained it, perhaps even without consent. Ann Cavoukian
In this era of massive online connectivity, the majority of privacy breaches and data leaks remain unknown, unchallenged, and unregulated. Regulatory compliance alone cannot ensure privacy. Ann Cavoukian
Consent allows individuals to set conditions for the use of their data, access the information relating to them that others have obtained, verify the accuracy of that information, check to make sure companies comply with the rules, and seek redress for any harm that results from the misuse of their data. Remove consent, and the other privacy checks and balances collapse. Ann Cavoukian
Today, it’s the little guy who looks to be in danger. The Internet service providers—like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T—have long pushed to create “speed lanes” online. If you run a website and want to make sure your connection moves swiftly to the end user, you’d need to pay these companies an extra fee. If you don’t pay? Your signal might not move as fast as you’d like. The Federal Communications Commission this spring drafted rules that would allow for fast and slow lanes. If they take effect, it would be the end of “net neutrality” … Clive Thompson
We have not done those things that are necessary to lower emissions because those things conflict with deregulated capitalism. We are stuck, because those things that would give us the best chance of averting catastrophe … are extremely threatening to an elite minority that has a strangle-hold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media outlets. Naomi Klein
Canada is your home!. Anonymous
You must remember that the Union saved Scotland. Scotland was bankrupt and the English opened us up to their American and Canadian markets, from which we just flowered Billy Connolly
Conservatives are not our enemies. They are our neighbors. Justin Trudeau
Canadians understand that our Senate, as it stands today, must either change or … vanish Stephen Harper
The unaccountable irregular behaviour of these fellows [New England Militia Volunteers]...is the greatest fatigue I meet with. When the New Hampshire troops arrived, they all be taught how to use the firelock. At that first training, one of them fired his musket by accident, the Bullet went thro a mans Cap on his head. William Pepperrell
You’re twice as likely to realize the American Dream if you’re growing up in Canada rather than the U.S. Raj Chetty
We have two borders--one with Mexico and the other with Canada, I've done a lot of looking, but I have never seen an illegal Canadian .... Canada has a sound, stable economy, and that's what you need to solve the border problem. That that's why a wall by itself will never work. Lindsey Graham