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Lester B. Pearson

1897 - 1972

First Secretary of the Canadian Department of External Affairs, Canada's first ambassador to Washington in 1945, elected in 1948 as a Liberal Member of Parliament for Algoma East, president of The Seventh UN General Assembly, winner (in 1957) of the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in sending peacekeeping forces to the Middle East, fourteenth prime minister of Canada (1963-68). Responsible for introducing the Canada Assistance Plan, Medicare, the Canada Pension Plan, and bilingualism and biculturalism to the government of Canada.


I had as comrades in my [World War I army] section men whose names were: Cameron, Kimora, English, Gleidenstein, de Chapin, O'Shaughnessy. We didn't fall in or fall out as Irish Canadians, French Canadians, Dutch Canadians, Japanese Canadians. We wore the same uniform, with the same maple leaf badge, and we were proud to be known as Canadians, to serve as Canadians and to die, if it had to be, as Canadians.

1964 - from the debate about changing the Canadian flag, quoted in Canada: Our Century by Kingwell and Moore
What we need is a soldierly pride in Canada, that confident, passionate pride in Canada that men had who wore the uniform and put the maple leaf badge on it. What we also need is the patriotism that will put Canada ahead of its parts. We are all or should be Canadians -- and unhyphenated; with pride in our nation and its citizenship, pride in the symbols of that citizenship.

1964 - from the debate about changing the Canadian flag, quoted in Canada: Our Century by Kingwell and Moore
Foreign policy is merely domestic policy with its hat on.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Diplomacy is letting someone else have your way.