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Camp, Dalton  
Politics is made up largely of irrelevancies.

The essentials of Canadian politics are few: the system needs enough good men to make it work and enough fools to make it interesting. Of all the parties, none is more interesting than the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
The danger of democracy has always been the danger of an electorate seized by passivity.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
I sensed that power is a blind and omnipresent force, that it is indiscriminate and immoral, and that men who wield it are also prisoners of it.

1970 - from his book Gentlemen, Players and Politicians
Campbell, Charles M.  
[Canadian, U.S. and Australian studies] show that little or no connection exists between immigration and the welfare of the receiving population.

Jun. 1997 - from a speech in Vancouver
Campbell, Kim  
In a democracy, government isn't something that a small group of people do to everybody else. It's not even something they do for everybody else. It should be something they do with everybody else.

Mar. 25, 1993
Campbell, W.W.  
Save the community and you will save the individual. Teach the man his responsibilities, and his rights will take care of themselves.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Canadian Bill of Rights  
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.

Canadian Broadcast Standards Council  
 [Description of homosexuals as 'abnormal' is] of a critical and discriminatory (although not abusively discriminatory) nature. ... In Canada we respect freedom of speech but we do not worship it.

May 10, 2000 - from a statement censuring popular radio host Laura Schlessinger, as quoted in the National Post
Carman, Bliss  
What are facts but compromises? A fact merely marks the point where we have agreed to let investigation cease.




Casselman, Leah  
 If they move this far with a threat of a [strike] vote, imagine how far they will move with a vote [to strike].

Feb. 26, 1999 - quoted in the National Post by John Ibbitson, gloating after the Ontario government made major concessions to try to settle a contract, but refused union demands for pay increases of 12% - 20% over two years
Champion, Chris  
A landmark 1992 study by Quebec researchers Andre Raynauld and Jean-Pierre Vidal estimated the cost of smoking to non-smokers was $24 million in 1986. But because smokers die earlier, they showed a net transfer to non-smokers of $1.4 billion in saved pensions alone. Add smokers' excise taxes and there was a $4.3 billion net transfer from smokers to non-smokers.

Jul. 8, 1996 - from "The price of golden eggs", Alberta Report
Chan, Raymond  
As I learned more about the history of Canada, I was convinced that if we have to start redressing everyone there is no end to it.

Chard, Donald  
John Ralston Saul points to Thomas Jefferson's analysis that men are divided into two groups: on the one hand there are those who fear and distrust the people; on the other hand there are those who identify with the people and have confidence in them. Our civilization has increasingly put those who fear and distrust, in power over the people. We must stop this, we must listen to the people...

May. 29, 1998 - from Hansard Nova Scotia
Chigbo, Okey  
The antispanking movement of the last 15 years has done a brilliant job propagating the view that spanking is just another form of child abuse. Today, normal parents are not just frightened of appearing abusive; they also fear that an occasional swat to the behind can turn their little darling into a dangerously aggressive adolescent and an incorrigibly criminal adult, as the "scientific evidence" says. In fact, the antispanking movement, and its agents in the mainstream media, has used this weak, and in some cases simply non-existent, evidence to beat parents into submission. Antispanking advocates have given us nothing more than a smattering of half-truths along with heavy smacks of propaganda.

Jul. 1998 - from "Bum rap", published in The Next City Magazine, Summer 1998
Even without a PhD in sociology, the average person, using his common sense, should be suspicious of studies that claim spanking increases societal violence. The first question the skeptic asks: Was there more violence and crime in the '50s and '60s than there is now? The answer, of course, is no.

Jul. 1998 - from "Bum rap", published in The Next City Magazine, Summer 1998
For many of the black intelligentsia, especially those from the Caribbean, all roads lead to racism, which is both a starting point and an end point for endless discussions about black problems. Racism wields tremendous religious power in that, like a belief in the malignant, pervasive and invisible workings of Satan, it so clearly and simply explains why so much evil and misfortune contaminate black existence.

May 1997 - from "Reading, writing and racism", published in The Next City Magazine, Spring 1997
In the U.S. the teaching of African and Afrocentric history in schools with black populations has been going on for literally decades. American blacks have even set up separate school systems. Do we observe significant improvement in the performance of African-Americans? No, we don't. Similar changes have been occurring in Toronto schools since the 1970s in response to demands by the growing black community and its white supporters. ... a plethora of multicultural policies target the schools with equally dismal results.

May 1997 - from "Reading, writing and racism", published in The Next City Magazine, Spring 1997
Chrétien, Jean  
 I am not a lawyer.

Dec. 30, 2000 - evading a legal question by reporters; Chrétien is a lawyer. Quoted in "2000: The year the music died", by Peter C. Newman, National Post
 If you look at only one aspect of life [taxes], maybe you would prefer living elsewhere.

Jul. 25, 1999 - quoted in Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaper while he was Prime Minister, encouraging critics of high taxation to leave Canada



[At Juno Beach, France] On the beach behind us, Canadians gave their lives so the world would be a better place. In death they were not anglophones or francophones, not from the West or the East, not Christians or Jews, not aboriginal people or immigrants. They were Canadians.

Jun. 06, 1994 - from his speech, as quoted by the Toronto Star
Some people think that the American culture is a problem. It's not a problem... don't be afraid to be citizens of the world.

Nov. 31, 2000 - from a post-election speech in Ottawa, repudiating the stance he used through most of his political life to curry favour with nationalists, quoted in "The End of Canada?", by Peter Newman, published in Maclean's magazine, Jan. 8, 2001
The art of politics is learning to walk with your back to the wall, your elbows high, and a smile on your face. It's a survival game played under the glare of lights.

1985 - from Straight from the Heart
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.

1985 - from Straight from the Heart
 The problem with cutting taxes is the people don't realize, because they think they have more cash is because they have a pay increase and so on. ... It's not very visible because it's not a huge sum of money on every pay...

Sep. 8, 2001 - quoted in "No more tax cuts, PM says" by Shawn McCarthy, published in the Globe and Mail
 I'm not interested in patronage because I'm a Liberal.

Feb. 2, 1990 - quoted in the Ottawa Citizen, reported in Quotations From Chairman Jean by van Wegen and Wood
 Why buy automatic rifles, nuclear arms, to have fun with. It's dangerous, and when they're in the house, there could be a child who will use that, and sometimes the family circumstances are not very happy, and they could use them.

Nov. 1997 - quoted in Saturday Night Magazine, reported in Quotations From Chairman Jean by van Wegen and Wood
 I promise that [transfer payments] will not go down, and I hope the we will be able to increase them... I really do not intend to lower the level of transfer payments, not at all...

1993 - from a leaders' debate during the federal election campaign, reported in Quotations From Chairman Jean by van Wegen and Wood. Chrétien subsequently won the government, and immediately cut more than seven billion dollars from annual transfer payments to Canada's provinces for health care and education.
 I have never been doctrinaire on issues. That is one of the great things about being a Liberal; you can base your decisions on the circumstances without having to worry about your established public image.

1985 - from Straight from the Heart
 [Government social engineering in northern Canada] gives us a chance to build the kind of society we want, without repeating the mistakes of the past.

1970 - quoted in Trade Secrets by Pat Carney, when Chrétien was Minister of Indian Affairs



Terrorism should not stop us. Terrorism should motivate us.

Sep. 27, 2001 - from a speech delivered in Halifax during a nationwide storm of criticism that his government was not responding effectively to terrorist threats
 They know that I am a Liberal and they know that the Liberal mentality is very different from the Tory mentality, because the Tory mentaility is orientated to serve the big business interests.

Jan. 11, 1993 - quoted in the Ottawa Citizen while his party pandered to businesses and raised more money from big business than all other parties in Canada combined
Chwialkowska, Luiza  
Contradicting fears that Canada's poor are a permanently entrenched underclass, a new study shows low incomes are a transitory phase for many Canadians. Roughly half of Canadians who earned low incomes in any year from 1993-96 earned normal incomes the following year, according to a Statistics Canada study... Up to 20% of Canadians were in a low-income situation for at least one year between 1993-96, says the study, but only 5% experienced low income for all four years.

Mar. 26, 1999 - from her report in The National Post
Clark, Glen  
[When I entered politics] I had a much stronger faith that government could be used to solve problems than I have now. ... [The New Democratic Party] We have become the new conservatives. We're the defenders of the status quo. We don't want to change health care or education or government - we support it. So ironically, innovation, change, new ideas seem the preserve of the right wing.

Aug. 4, 2001 - quoted in "Clark sees new light in neon sign business", published in the National Post
Clark, Joe  
I'm not the greatest. I'm the best available.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Anyone who can bring the Conservative Party together can bring the country together.

The goal of economic progress is the extension of human liberty, not, as the critics allege, the open-ended servicing of human greed.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Does our economic system work? My answer is that the market system, based on free decisions and fair rules, does work better than any other system yet devised. And the job of government must be to provide the rules and the climate that will let the system work.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
[After his confidential dictation was included on a promotional tape sent to a radio station] I've been trying to find a way to demonstrate that this government isn't perfect and I've been finding some success at it.

quoted by Michael Gratton in his book So, What Are The Boys Saying? page 88
 ...there are enough natural divisions in the country without political parties creating new ones. And I think Britain, quite legitimately, has ideological politics. Europe legitimately has. Canada and the United States have not historically had ideological politics.

Jul. 29, 1998 - interview in The Edmonton Sun



 The number of true believers in the electorate is diminishing. People don't make commitments, they make judgments from time to time on which party, set of policies or person, best suits them. So I'm not finding a lot of ideological talk in the [Progressive Conservative] party.

Jul. 29, 1998 - interview in The Edmonton Sun
Clarkson, Adrienne  
 I think in the world today there isn't a situation like this, with somebody in my place and somebody in hers. Because of this uniqueness, because of our being women, I think that Canada is very well assured to go into the 21st century looking ahead and doing the right thing.

Jan. 12, 2000 - from remarks at the swearing-in ceremony of female Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin of the Supreme Court, quoted in the National Post
 We cannot have homeless people in our society. It's just wrong. As long as there are any, it will be on our agenda.

Apr. 1, 2000 - quoted during a tour of Nunavut
 I sometimes characterize Canadians as a sullen people addicted to doing good.

Oct. 14, 1999 - in an interview on CBC television, quoted in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo
 I have become governor-general of this country. I understand what this country represents. ... What you've seen [from me] is what you're getting [as governor-general].

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Activists to move into Rideau Hall", by Robert Fife, published in the National Post
 [Advocating hiring policies that favour women] Ninety-nine times out of 100 it's going to happen the other way around so a little bit of redress doesn't hurt.

Sep. 9, 1999 - from a speech to Women in Educational Administration in Ontario, quoted in "Broadcaster has lived her life in the public eye", by Jonathon Gatehouse, published in the National Post
 [The government of Ontario's decision to merge seven city bureaucracies in the Toronto area into one city of Toronto, saving $300 million] ... is a manifestation of a kind of cruelty women are best able to understand. We are basically being bashed. We are being abused in the worst possible way.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Couple used to taking political centre stage", by Luiza Chwialkowska, published in the National Post
 We [are] more like the Europeans ... in our ability to understand and employ state capitalism, our ability to distinguish between social democracy and communism, our social programs, and our lack of urban violence. I think if we go through with this [North American Free Trade] deal, those arguments are going to be no longer possible to put forth to Europeans.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Broadcaster has lived her life in the public eye", by Jonathon Gatehouse, published in the National Post
 Our problem with the U.S. is not insufficient access; it is debilitating dependence.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Broadcaster has lived her life in the public eye", by Jonathon Gatehouse, published in the National Post
 In this [North American Free Trade] agreement I am very concerned because we have given to potentially the most powerful partner, and the one that already has the most influence on us, what they have always wanted, and we get nothing in return.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Couple used to taking political centre stage", by Luiza Chwialkowska, published in the National Post



 As a woman, I fear that the gradual Americanization of our society might mean that I could not get on a subway alone.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Couple used to taking political centre stage", by Luiza Chwialkowska, published in the National Post
 ... European countries are basically tribal. The French, Germans, and Italians are tribes... racism can arise in a country like that. ... We [Canadians] are not a tribe. We are a series, a group, a conglomeration of people. ... That is a positive thing in many ways.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Couple used to taking political centre stage", by Luiza Chwialkowska, published in the National Post
 [On being appointed president of Canadian publisher McLelland and Stewart] I'm going to hire people and fire people. I'm going to do all sorts of stuff and really have fun.

1987 - quoted in "Couple used to taking political centre stage", by Luiza Chwialkowska, published in the National Post
Cohen, Dian  
We've never had an economic policy that's lasted longer than two years.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Collins, Gary  
If we don't get the spending under control in health care, four or five ... or six years from now, all government will do is health care and a little bit of education. And everything else will have been crowded out of the budget.

Jul. 30, 2001 - quoted by Paul Wells in an interview in the National Post
Collison, John  
The rise in youth crime since the Young Offenders Act's passage has often been dismissed by professionals as 'non-violent': break-and-enters and car theft. Numerous cases from the last two years provide evidence, however, that adolescent criminals are becoming as vicious as the most depraved adult outlaws.

Jun. 17, 1996 - from "Violence with a youthful face", Alberta Report
Columbo, John Robert  
Canada could have enjoyed: English government, French culture, and American know-how. Instead it ended up with: English know-how, French government, and American culture.

from Oh Canada
Cook, Ramsay  
The consciousness of belonging to a nation, whether politically consecrated or merely yearned for, provides nationalists with a principle around which to organize the past, to criticize the present, and to construct the future.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Cools, Anne  
The evidence indicates that the child support guidelines [for Canadian courts] were never about the best interests of children but were instead about a transfer of wealth from support-paying parents, mostly fathers, to support-receiving parents, mostly mothers, under the guise of child support. The child support guidelines used a design model intended to punish support-paying parents and intended to drive non-custodial parents, mostly fathers, out of their children's lives, and reinforced the fracturing of relationships between children and parents in divorce. The child support guidelines were bad economics, bad public policy and bad family law. That a purely feminist ideological theory on economic relations between men and women should be constructed into regulations under the Divorce Act, under the guise and title of child support, is a serious matter and deserves study.

Apr. 6, 2000 - from a speech in the Canadian Senate
Benefits are always welcome but obligations are not always equally welcome...

Jun. 14, 2000 - from a speech in the Canadian Senate



Gender feminist ideology has driven much law in Canada, and consequently has driven much injustice. It has ravaged law, justice, many careers, and many human lives. It worked for many years. It was even lucrative. It resulted in positions, jobs, grants, and even appointments to the bench. It created a terrible silence as it inflicted obvious injustices on many. It was buttressed by feminist terrorism and aggression, ready to pursue to destruction anyone who gets in its way, while chanting its mantra that all evil and violence are men's, and that all goodness, virtue, and truth are women's.

Mar. 4, 1999 - from a speech in the Canadian Senate
The political divide on the bench between the activist judges - some charter, some feminists - and the traditionalist judges, supported by their corollary divide at the bar, has erupted into public consciousness with the force that attends the eruption of a longstanding, fomenting social problem.

Mar. 4, 1999 - from a speech in the Canadian Senate
Corcoran, Terence  
Whether leftist or radical-feminist, the consequences of state-forced gender equality are now in: The cost is exorbitant, the means absurd, and there's no end in sight.

Corey, Peter  
Trial judges in Canada exercise wide powers. They enjoy judicial independence, security of tenure and financial security. Most importantly, they enjoy the respect of the vast majority of Canadians. That respect has been earned by their ability to conduct trials fairly and impartially. These qualities are of fundamental importance to our society and to members of the judiciary. Fairness and impartiality must be both subjectively present and objectively demonstrated to the informed and reasonable observer. If the words or actions of the presiding judge give rise to a reasonable apprehension of bias to the informed and reasonable observer, this will render the trial unfair...

1997 - from R. v R.D.S.
It is right and proper that judges be held to the highest standards of impartiality since they will have to determine the most fundamentally important rights of the parties appearing before them. This is true whether the legal dispute arises between citizen and citizen or between the citizen and the state. Every comment that a judge makes from the bench is weighed and evaluated by the community as well as the parties. Judges must be conscious of this constant weighing and make every effort to achieve neutrality and fairness in carrying out their duties. This must be a cardinal rule of judicial conduct.

1997 - from R. v R.D.S.
Coxe, Donald  
The absurdity of the anti-globalist campaign is that no one and no group is actually in charge - either of the economies or of the stock markets. The World Trade Organization, the G-8 and other international organizations are facilitators, regulators and spectators in processes driven by a myriad of public and private sector forces, not by the dictates of some cabal.

Aug. 6, 2001 - from "Downfall of the elites", published in Maclean's Magazine
Coyne, Andrew  
There's nothing inherently subversive of democracy or national sovereignty in a trade agreement. It is as much an act of sovereignty, after all, to renouce trade barriers as it is to put them up. In many ways, morerover, free trade gives individual citizens more contol over their lives, not less: When corporations are beating a path to your door from half-way around the world, when consumers are liberated from the tyranny of local monopolies, then in the economic sphere, at least, the power of the ordinary citizen is enhanced.

Apr. 18, 2001 - from "Free trade's 'democratic deficit'", published in the National Post
Politics is a business that inverts all the normal rules of human conduct. In most walks of life, it is thought dishonourable - personally shaming - to lie, or even to shade the truth; to boast of one's own achievements, and sneer at others'; to flatter and connive in private, to mock and rage in public. Yet these and worse are the daily work of those we elect. ... If that is the price of power, of seeing your ideals enacted into law, perhaps it is a price worth paying, as statesman have since politics began. But our MPs, especially those on the government side, must endure another humiliation: that of impotence. Having compromised themselves ... they soon learn they have done all this for nothing. They are not legislators. They have no power. All they have is a job, and that dependent on keeping nice with the leader.

Jun. 6, 2001 - from "Honourable Members? Which ones?", published in the National Post
The Liberals are a party with a built-in common denominator: power. Those who love power, who are used to power, and who are willing to do without certain things - principles, conscience, personal dignity - for power are inevitably drawn to the Natural Governing Party. Opposition parties in Canada are hence at an automatic disadvantage. As they are necessarily coalitions of vastly different groups who, for one reason or another, have been excluded from power, they will be forever beset by fractiousness. They can only be unified by a common enemy, that is by a Liberal party that has become so corrupt, so doctrinaire, so bloated with power as to persuade the oppositions warring factions to drop their differences long enough to defeat them.

Jan. 24, 2000 - from a column in the National Post
The thing to remember about any Supreme Court ruling upholding freedom of speech is that the Supreme Court does not actually believe in freedom of speech. It believes in some freedom for some speech.

Dec. 18, 2000 - from "Some freedom for some speech", published in the National Post



This is the paradox of monopoly, political or economic: the more decrepit it is, the more entrenched it becomes. The reason is apparent in the latest election results. Without competition, innovation lags, standards deteriorate. Yet without being presented with a clear alternative, the public cannot imagine how things could be any better. The Liberals have succeeded by lowering expectations, not only of themselves, but of government.

Nov. 29, 2000 - from a column in the National Post
Creighton, Donald  
We respect our ancestors' achievements by standing on their shoulders and seeing farther, not by crouching in their shadows and seeing less. Let's do something to inspire our own grandchildren. That's what the ancestors did.

Sep. 27, 1999 - from a column in the Globe and Mail, quoted in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo
[Canada] Well, it is still a good place to live. But that's all Canada is - just a good place to live. Canadians have lost their destiny, you know.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Crombie, David  
Canadians live with liberal rhetoric, but we conduct our lives as social conservatives.

1982 - quoted in Radical Tories, by Charles Taylor
Crosbie, John  
The problem with [fellow Newfoundland MLA Tom] Burgess was that his support could never be bought. At best, he could be rented, and perhaps only by the hour.

1998 - from No Holds Barred: My Life in Politics
The public doesn't want, won't accept and will not support honest, forthright and truthful politicians. They love to look down on politicians for not being truthful and straightforward. This is the underlying hypocrisy of Canadian politics and it is fed by the news media, who understand perfectly well that they are the agents for the destruction of trust and candour in public life.

1998 - from No Holds Barred: My Life in Politics
There is no society that has no privately owned economic sector that has any human or civil liberties enshrined within.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
 If we told you what we were going to do, you'd never have elected us.

1975
Crowfoot, Chief  
From nowhere we came, into nowhere we go. What is life? It is a flash of a firefly in the night. It is a breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is as the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

Apr. 25, 1890 - reputed to be his dying words
Dafoe, John W.  
Even majorities have rights.

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



Politics in its more primitive and vigorous manifestations is not a game or a sport, but a form of civil war, with only lethal weapons barred.

1931 - from his book Clifford Sifton
Danson, Barney  
[Bilingualism] We have made the mistake of turning a Canadian opportunity into a Canadian problem.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Davey, Keith  
We have the press we deserve, not the press we need.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
It should be noted that two points recur in any survey. The majority of Canadians always want lower taxes, and conversely, more and better services.

quoted in Canadian by Conviction, Brune and Bulgutch, Gage Educational Publishing Company
Davies, Robertson  
... in a time when the individual has lost significance (despite loud assertions to the contrary), an informed, rational, and intellectually adventurous individuality must take precedence over all else.

Sep. 1990 - from A Voice From the Attic
It is not my intention to denounce modern education. If it is bad, it may be said that all education is bad which is not self-education, and quite a lot of self-education is going on today -- some of it in our schools, under the very noses of the teachers!

Sep. 1990 - from A Voice From the Attic
Not all readers are prepared, at all times, to make independent judgments. But the failure of modern education to equip them to do so even when they have the inclination creates a serious gap in modern culture.

Sep. 1990 - from A Voice From the Attic
Our age has robbed millions of the simplicity of ignorance, and has so far failed to lift them to the simplicity of wisdom.

Sep. 1990 - from A Voice From the Attic
We mistrust anything that too strongly challenges our ideal of mediocrity.

from his essay "The Noble Greeks"
I once had a dispute with a group of Swedish professors at the University of Uppsala as to which country, Sweden or Canada, was the dullest in the world. It was a draw; they claimed superiority because of their long history, and I claimed it because of Canada's immense land mass, which gives us space for tremendous expansion, even of such things as dullness.

from Opera and Humour



I don't regret economic and educational advance; I just wonder how much we shall have to pay for it, and in what coin.

1970 - from Fifth Business
... in the modern world freedom grows rarer the more we prate about it.

from Osbert Sitwell
The simplest form of stupidity - the mumbling, nose-picking, stolid incomprehension - can be detected by anyone. But the stupidity which disguises itself as thought, and which talks so glibly and eloquently, indeed never stops talking, in every walk of life is not so easy to identify, because it marches under a formidable name, which few dare attack. It is called Popular Opinion...

Nov. 18, 1984 - from his Gilman Lecture at Johns Hopkins Medical School entitled "Can a Doctor Be a Humanist?"
Be sure to choose what you believe and know why you believe it, because if you don't choose your beliefs, you may be certain that some belief, and probably not a very creditable one, will choose you.

1972 - quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Everybody says Canada is a hard country to govern, but nobody mentions that for some people it's a hard country to live in. Still, if we all run away, it will never be any better. So let the geniuses of easy virtue go southward; I know what they feel too well to blame them. But for some of us there is no choice; let Canada do what she will with us, we must stay.

from his play Fortune, My Foe
I am convinced that Canada has a soul, and should get on better terms with it, because at the moment it is a sadly neglected aspect of our inheritance.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Let me confess at once that I think Canada has a soul, but it is a battered child among souls; it needs nourishment, exercise, and fresh air, and, above all, love, if it is to reach maturity.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Everything has its astonishing, wondrous aspect, if you bring a mind to it that's really your own - a mind that hasn't been smeared and blurred with half-understood muck from schools, or the daily papers, or any other ragbag of reach-me-down notions.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

We [Canadians] don't go for heroes. As soon as a man begins to achieve some sort of high stature, we want to cut him down and get rid of him, embarrass him.

Dec. 15, 1994 - quoted in the New York Times