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Grattan O'Leary

1889 - 1976

Journalist and then editor of the Ottawa Journal, staunch member of the federal Conservative Party, appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in 1962


Conservatism today, national humanistic conservative thought, has nothing to do with hard, implacable, unyielding dogmatism; it is beholden to neither big business, super patriots, nor to technological materialism; but is actually a form of dissent, skeptical of liberalism with one foot planted firmly in the clouds and asking itself what are the tolerable limits of the state's activity.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
The Conservative is not the guardian of a cemetery but the custodian of an orchard, wisely pruning the dead branches but always nourishing the roots without which the trees cannot live.

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