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Morris C. Shumiatcher

1917 -

Barrister, civil libertarian, educator. Dr. Shumiatcher was policy advisor to the C.C.F. government in Saskatchewan in the 1940's, drafter of the Farm Security Act, the Trade Union Act, and legislation establishing Crown corporations. He was also the author of the Saskatchewan Bill of Rights, the first statute of its kind in Canada and a model for the Canadian Bill of Rights of 1960. In 1981, he was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada.


A country in which everyone demands his rights is like a house in which everyone is shouting for his supper with no one in the kitchen to cook it.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Scarcity has always been the hallmark of the state-controlled economy, scarcity of everything, that is, except compulsion.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Legislation cannot alter the human body by a single centimetre - except to destroy it. It cannot improve the human brain - except to inhibit it. It cannot affect human compassion - except to institutionalize it.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
A 'right' is a coin with only one side. Unless it has another side on which the word 'duty' appears, the coin is as worthless as a Czarist ruble.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
What needs restating is not the right to an education, but the duty of every child to learn.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo