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Sterling Lyon
Former Premier of Manitoba

The only difference between a Communist and a Socialist is that they are both bears but one has its claws removed.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Throughout our history, Mr. Prime Minister, our rights have been protected by those people whom we elect, that the people elect to represent them. I can see no reason to transfer that function and responsibility to appointees who, however capable in their own areas, are not involved with the consequences that recognition of rights has on economic resources, on social activities, nor with the need for pragmatic compromises...

Sep. 8, 1980 - from remarks at the Federal-Provincial Conference of First Ministers on the Constitution, Ottawa (from conference papers, vol. 1, pp 476-481)