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858 Canadian quotations of 6,095, showing Davies to Frum

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Davies, Robertson  
The past is only partly irrecoverable. The clerisy should accord it at least as much courtesy as they offer to the future.

Sep. 1990 - from A Voice from the Attic
Sometimes for us in Canada it seems as though the United States and the United Kingdom were cup and saucer, and Canada the spoon, for we are in and out of both with the greatest freedom, and we are given most recognition when we are most a nuisance.

Sep. 1990 - from A Voice from the Attic
Why are so many people ashamed of having intelligence and using it? There is nothing democratic about such an attitude. ... No man has ever won commendation for standing at less than his full height, either physically, morally, or intellectually.

Sep. 1990 - from A Voice from the Attic
If you don't hurry up and let life know what you want, life will damned soon show you what you'll get.

1970 - from Fifth Business
Education is a great shield against experience. It offers so much, ready-made and all from the best shops, that there's a temptation to miss your own life in pursuing the lives of your betters. It makes you wise in some ways, but it can make you a blindfolded fool in others.

1975 - from World of Wonders
In a modern university if you ask for knowledge they will provide it in almost any form -- though if you ask for out-of-fashion things they may say, like the people in shops, "Sorry, there's no call for it."

1982 - from The Rebel Angels
One of the really notable achievements of the twentieth century has been to make the young old before their time.

1951 - from Tempest-Tost
... in the modern world freedom grows rarer the more we prate about it.

from "Osbert Sitwell"
Understanding and experiencing are not interchangeable. Any theologian understands martyrdom, but only the martyr experiences the fire.

Nowadays if you're funny at anybody's expense they run to the UN and say, 'I must have an ombudsman to protect me.' You hardly dare have a shrewd perception about anybody.

1981 - in an interview

... when a man has become a great figure in society ... we must not be surprised if he regards the laws of society as the laws of Nature -- but we need not respect him for it.

Sep. 1990 - from A Voice from the Attic
Davis, William  
The people of Ontario have never been spoiled by perfection in government.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Day, Stockwell  
... why [do] we need to spend $1.2 billion and have a staff of over 3,000 in a federal Department of Health that does not administer a single hospital, pay a single nurse or fund a single surgical procedure.

Jun. 7, 2000 - from a speech to the Nepean Chamber of Commerce
The Liberals believe that people exist for the state. We believe that the state exists for the people.

from a speech during the 2000 election campaign
I believe that a government that does not protect the children of the land from the predators of the land should forfeit the right to govern the land.

Nov. 25, 1999 - from a statement on his personal Web site
Desbiens, Jean-Paul  
Freedom isn't a gift, it's a task.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Dewey, Douglas D.  
The takeover of education by the states in the mid-19th century and the resulting abdication of authority by the family set in motion a crippling concatenation of usurpation and surrender that continues to this day.

Nov. 01, 1996 - from his essay "An Echo, Not a Choice", published in Policy Review No. 80
Government schooling reduces parents to the role of assistants who ensure the completion of homework, help with occasional projects, and get the kids to soccer practice on time. Government schooling is the very linchpin of the welfare state...

Nov. 01, 1996 - from his essay "An Echo, Not a Choice", published in Policy Review No. 80
In every other area of welfare reform, from health care to food stamps to housing to social security, the essential question is finally being asked: Is this the proper role of government? Not so with education. Until we acknowledge that government schooling is welfare, real education reform is impossible.

Nov. 01, 1996 - from his essay "An Echo, Not a Choice", published in Policy Review No. 80
There was a time when Americans knew the difference between rights and entitlements. A right used to be understood as a claim in justice, our concept of which flowed from tradition and natural law.

Nov. 01, 1996 - from his essay "An Echo, Not a Choice", published in Policy Review No. 80

Dickson, Brian  
... the law has two faces. It is, firstly, a practical craft and one whose texture is highly technical and precise. It is, secondly, a human process whose polar star is the protection and development of human dignity.

1980 - from "The Role and Function of Judges", published in The Law Society Gazette No. 14
Diefenbaker, John George  
I do not say that everything I did was right, but what I do say, Mr. Speaker, is that what I did was honest.

Mar. 24, 1966 - from Hansard, Canadian Parliament
My friends, you say, 'Give 'em hell, John!' I never do that. I tell the truth and it sounds like hell. It simply sounds that way to the Grits.

Mar. 13, 1963 - speech in Moncton, New Brunswick
[The Liberals] Never in Canadian history has there been a government so prone to be prone.

Jan. 20, 1966 - Hansard, Canadian Parliament
Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.

I was criticized for being too much concerned with the average Canadians. I can't help that; I am one of them!

Sep. 1967 - from a speech to a Progressive Conservative convention
Everyone is against me - except the people!

1963 - used often during the 1963 election campaign
I modeled myself from the beginning on Theodore Roosevelt. He was a remarkable man, and did more than anyone else to express the true concept of Americanism. My concept of Canadianism is modeled after that.

Jun. 8, 1962 - quoted in Time Magazine
Governments propose, and oppositions dispose.

Nov. 2, 1962 - from a speech in the Canadian Parliament
Parliament is more than procedure - it is the custodian of the nation's freedom.

Sep. 22, 1949 - from a speech in the Canadian Parliament

I would never have been Prime Minister if the Gallup poll were right.

Feb. 25, 1970 - quoted in the Toronto Star newspaper
Those were the days when the only protection a Conservative enjoyed in the province of Saskatchewan was under the provision of the game laws.

Apr. 29, 1966 - from a speech in the Canadian Parliament
You cannot deny an individual the right to think as he will. The offence is not in being wrong, the offence is in doing wrong.

Oct. 16, 1970 - from a speech in the Canadian Parliament
Some say to me: 'History? What does it mean? What are you concerned about the past for?' And my answer to that is a simple one - he who does not know the past can never understand the present, and he certainly can do nothing for the future.

Nov. 1, 1971
The object of Confederation was not to produce Siamese twins in this nation.

Sep. 1967 - from a speech at a Progressive Conservative leadership convention
I am the first prime minister of this country of neither altogether English or French origin. So I determined to bring about a Canadian citizenship that knew no hyphenated consideration ... I'm very happy to be able to say that in the House of Commons today in my party we have members of Italian, Dutch, German, Scandinavian, Chinese and Ukrainian orgin - and they are all Canadians.

Mar. 29, 1958 - from a speech in the Canadian Parliament
... dogs know best what to do with polls.

Parliament is more than procedure - it is the custodian of the nation's freedom.

We shall never build the nation which our potential resources make possible by dividing ourselves into Anglophones, Francophones, multiculturalphones, or whatever kind of phonies you choose. I say: Canadians, first, last, and always!

Jun. 04, 1973 - Hansard, Canadian Parliament
As long as there is a drop of blood in my body they won't stop me from talking about freedom.

Jun. 3, 1962 - from a speech in Sudbury, Ontario

Freedom includes the right to say what others may object to and resent. ... The essence of citizenship is to be tolerant of strong and provocative words.

Apr. 9, 1970 - Hansard, Canadian Parliament
I cannot visualize Canada without French Canada. I cannot visualize French Canada without Canada. National unity based on equality must be the goal.

There can be no dedication to Canada's future without a knowledge of its past.

Oct. 9, 1964 - quoted in the Toronto Star newspaper
[Upon the retirement of Newfoundland MP and fierce opposition thorn Jack Pickersgill] Parliament without Pick will be like hell without the devil.

The day that Parliament becomes a slot machine into which you may drop a slug and out comes legislation, freedom ends.

quoted in Canadian by Conviction, by Brune and Bulgitch, Gage Publishing
When the Prime Minister of Canada went to Washington he was treated with about the same consideration by the president as his two dogs were except that he was not lifted by his ears.

Mar. 21, 1967 - from a statement in the Canadian Parliament
Whoever has charge of commenting on the news controls the future thinking of the nation.

Aug. 24, 1946 - from a statement in the Canadian Parliament
What is the difference between the Conservative caucus and a porcupine? Well, you see, a porcupine has all of its pricks on the outside.

Dion, Leon  
A nation may be considered as a community of communities. The nation is an organic entity of goals and resources.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Dobbs, Kildare  
Canada is a society, rather than a nation. ... There is no central and controlling myth to focus Canadian diversity and foster its distinctiveness: the Crown, which in theory symbolizes the State, is an absentee landlord.

1964 - from the introduction to Canada

Dodge, David  
I think the costs of going down to [zero inflation] are high, and there are real asymmetries when you get into price deflation. We haven't got much evidence that things work a lot better at zero than they do at one or two.

Feb. 2, 2001 - quoted in "The costs of getting to perfection", by William Thorsell, published in the Globe and Mail
Douglas, Tommy  
The [Liberal] federal government's trouble is that they have a wishbone where they should have a backbone.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Drew, George  
We have to build up a big blue machine that will steamroll over the liberals and socialists in this province.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Liberalism is socialism in a silk hat.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Dudek, Louis  
There is no democracy of values, there is only democracy of rights.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
There is enlightenment in questions, but only barbarism in belief.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
The measure of a civilization is how much you can take for granted.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Durham, Lord  
I expected to find a contest between a government and a people: I found two nations warring in the bosom of a single state: I found a struggle, not of principles, but of races; and I perceived that it would be idle to attempt any amelioration of laws or institutions, until we could first succeed in terminating the deadly animosity that now separates the inhabitants of Lower Canada into the hostile divisions of French and English.

1839 - from Report on the Affairs of British North America
Edinborough, Arnold  
Canada has never been a melting-pot; more like a tossed salad.

Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly.

The heart of the Liberal Party is in the right place. If we could only get the head there, too, it would be such a good thing.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Edwards, Bob  
Most of any government's troubles come from trying to uphold the blunders it makes.

Apr. 19, 1919 - from his editorial in the Eye Opener
Some people are too good to be interesting.

Oct. 25, 1911 - from the Eye Opener, quoted in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo
Probably the saddest thing about Ottawa is the number of fourth-rate intellects applied to first-rate problems.

Sep. 21, 1918 - from his editorial in the Eye Opener
A little learning is a dangerous thing but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.

from the Eye Opener
Field, J. Fraser  
Promiscuity among the homosexual population, as one researcher noted, 'would boggle the heterosexual mind.' In one study 28 per cent of male homosexuals reported having more than 1,000 sex partners during their lifetime, 41 per cent reported more than 500, and 74 per cent more than 100. As a direct consequence, male homosexuals are 5,000 times more likely to contract AIDS than their heterosexual counterparts. The level of HIV infection today among homosexual men is approximately 30 per cent of the population. In addition to all of this, substance abuse, depression, and suicide are all widely acknowledged to be epidemic problems among the homosexual population. While revisionists will argue that at least some of these problems are the direct result of heterosexism and homophobia, the fact remains that the life of the average gay person is far from the healthy happy alternative now being romanticized so vigorously in the media and in our schools. Public anxiety about homosexuality is predominantly a concern about the vulnerabilities of the young. Because educational efforts to eliminate homophobia and heterosexism have sought to leave a positive impression of homosexuality with students, they have tended to ignore the darker, more distorted aspects of the gay lifestyle. Parents would be well advised to take an active part in overseeing and approving the development of any curriculum which might end up enticing their children into a lifestyle that can kill them.

May, 1998 - from "Truth must be part of ‘homophobia’ teaching", published in the Vancouver Sun newspaper and The Interim online journal
Finlay, J. Richard  
[Canadians] ... we are content to elect a prime minister with the appointment powers of an autocrat for the duration of his term. It is a curious anomaly of an otherwise sensible people in accepting such an archaic governance system. Louis himself couldn't have asked for anything more.

Nov. 15, 2000 - from Our Prime Minister Has Too Much Power
Until the nation rouses itself from its dreamy state of complacency and adopts a more mature approach to its governance, one of the highest taxed people in the industrialized world can look forward to paying yet one more tax: that of a lower C$, brought on by leaders who have not yet awakened to the political realities of a 21st-century economy.

from a column in the Financial Post
What is happening to Canada's economic image in the world results in no small part from the paucity of political ideas and underdeveloped leaders of all parties that have been the bane of the nation for too long. It is this climate that has allowed flawed policy decisions to go unchecked, either by public opinion or by counterbalancing political mechanisms. Canadians must accept responsibility for their fate...

from a column in the Financial Post
Fisher, Douglas  
The media has trumpeted the invariable failure of 'social conservatism' in Eastern Canada, but this overlooks the history of the country's public opinion, and the way it can sway from one pole to another.

Dec. 17, 2000 - from "It couldn't happen here, could it?", published by Sun Media

People tend to cherish the Charter of Rights without appreciating the impact it has had on the Parliamentary system. It has increased the power of the Prime Minister's office ... that's the most deleterious consequence.

Oct. 5, 2000 - from a public chat session on www.canoe.ca
[Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau] I think he was the most unsuccessful PM ... in modern times. He Americanized us more than any other because of the Charter and the removal of the Parliament as the ultimate place ... giving the ultimate power to the Supreme Court.

Oct. 5, 2000 - from a public chat session on www.canoe.ca
I think remembrance of the fallen should be primarily for those who knew them or were of their generation. Meanwhile, for children and young people and the generations without personal experience of Canada at war, Remembrance Day should or could recall much more of what Canadians did collectively, and of course, politically, economically and culturally in the wars. ... [It is worth remembering] how much only 11 million Canadians did together in "the good war" and how they emerged from it so much stronger and more diversified in institutions, skills, products, schooling, culture and recreations, with an entwined readiness and confidence to be bolder in the world as a whole. ... And this, I argue, we should focus on remembering on Nov. 11: We did it. We did so much of it well. We kept together. And we can do it again. Not, one prays, in wars, but fortified by the legacy created for us in and following the war of 1939-45.

Nov. 9, 1997 - from "Just how, and what, should we remember?", published by Sun Media
The finest aspect of the parliamentary system of government for the executive in office ... is its penchant for systemic secrecy.

Feb. 6, 2000 - from "Stewart spared to save face", published by Sun Media
Flanagan, Tom  
It seems unlikely that all prior human cultures have been completely wrong-headed. It is far more plausible that we, in departing from historical models of the family, condemn ourselves to unhappiness, impoverishment and - ultimately - replacement by people from less foolish societies.

Jun. 3, 1996 - from "Reassembly will be the really tough part", Alberta Report
Foot, Richard  
... constitutional scholars say the governor-general is an institution in decline, not because of a growing republican spirit here, but thanks instead to a string of poor and partisan appointments and an office that demands individuals of the highest calibre. A governor-general must command the respect of of all political parties and also win the hearts of Canadians if they are to prove a success.

Sep. 9, 1999 - from "Challenge for Clarkson is to win hearts of Canadians", published in the National Post
Foster, Peter  
One criticism of Helms-Burton is that it threatens to derail a more gradual transition towards democracy in Cuba, but such a view is hard to square with the facts. No gradual transition appears in sight, either to democracy or to capitalism. The notion that foreign investment will somehow 'reform' Castro seems either naïve or self-serving.

Fox, Bill  
... what happens to society's ability to organize itself when commercial considerations clash with the concept of journalism as a public service? Bluntly put, can healthy self-government survive on a steady diet of editorial "junk food"? News, at least in theory, set both the political and the public policy agenda. News determines the context within which political events will be perceived, and assigns responsibility to politiccal leaders for resolving, or failing to resolve, policy problems.

Apr. 1999 - from Spinwars
The diversionary nature of much of today's political coverage promotes government by risk avoidance. Today's cabinet is being ruled by the doctrine of "plausible deniability".

Apr. 1999 - from Spinwars
... corresondents - either foreign or regional - look at life through a telescope, but Ottawa reporters look at life through a microscope. ... every utterance by a public figure is carefully parsed, every shading in language or nuance of phrase signals something of significance.

Apr. 1999 - from Spinwars

... the media are, arguably, the central nervous system of today's wired world.

Apr. 1999 - from Spinwars
Because most reporters lack the expertise to assess policy issues on their merits, they tend to shape their coverage to focus on the element of a policy they are expert in - the politics of it.

Apr. 1999 - from Spinwars
Fox, Terry  
I just wish people would realize that anything is possible if you try; dreams are made if people try.

Francis, Diane  
About 30% of immigrants who come to Canada each year are sponsored. Agreements are that they will support them for up to 10 years. One Immigration spokesman guessed that at least 10% of sponsors default, but no one knows for sure. Ontario got 120,000 of the 236,000 immigrants in 1996 and ended up with a huge tab. Its Social Services Ministry spends up to $160-million a year supporting 17,000 welfare recipients whose sponsors have reneged.

Oct. 16, 1999 - from "Immigrant Boondoggles", published in the Financial Post
Fraser, Matthew  
Only in Canada do regulators pick winners in the broadcasting marketplace by selecting who will own, operate and profit from television channels. In most other industrial countries, markets make those decisions. But Canada stubbornly persists - in the name of preposterous bureaucratic prerogatives disguised as high-minded cultural policy - in obliging market belligerants to compete for regulatory favour.

Feb. 19, 2001 - from "Salter Street sale reveals cracks in media regulation", published in the Financial Post
Fraser Commission  
There is no systematic research evidence available which suggests a causal relationship between pornography and morality...There is no systematic research which suggests that increases in specific forms of deviant behaviour, reflected in crime trend statistics (e.g., rape) are causally related to pornography...There is no persuasive evidence that the viewing of pornography causes harm to the average adult...that exposure causes the average adult to harm others...that exposure causes the average adult to alter established sex practices.

1984 - from Working Papers on Pornography and Prostitution
Fraser Institute  
The estimated combined cost of federal, provincial, and municipal regulations reached 83.4 billion dollars in 1995-96, which translates into a burden of $11,272 for a family of four.

Nov. 14, 1998 - quoted in The National Post
By and large, the US experienced an across-the-board increase in the number of taxpayers who donated to charities from the previous year. ... Canada, on the other hand, continued its own worrisome trend in which the proportion of taxpayers donating to charities is continuing to decline.

Dec. 2000 - from "Canadian & American Monetary Generosity"
Once more, the Canadian provinces rank dead last, without exception, in terms of the average dollar value of charitable donations when compared with US states.

Dec. 2000 - from "Canadian & American Monetary Generosity"
Regulations are ostensibly enacted to protect the public. But, while their intent may be laudable, governments often fail to consider whether a new regulation will meet its stated goal, whether it is the most cost-effective method of protecting the public, and what its unintended consequences are. It is inherently risky to breathe, eat, drive, walk, work, invest, and play. As our tolerance for the risks associated with these activities continues to decrease, governments have responded by introducing an increasing number of new regulations affecting almost every facet of our lives. Regulation of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food, transportation, and environment are often governed by political response to public fear and hysteria rather than careful, objective, scientific evaluations of actual risks.

Apr. 02, 1999 - from marketing literature promoting their conference on this subject

Friedenberg, Edgar Z.  
In a world as empirical as ours, a youngster who does not know what he is good at will not be sure what he is good for.

1959 - from The Vanishing Adolescent
Canadians... have had less practice than almost any nation in the world in learning to view their government as a real or potential evil from a consistent ideological point of view.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Canadians are not good at Final Solutions but they are much better at defining and attacking specific and legitimate problems. Indeed, one of the greatest threats to the Canadian way of life lies, I think, in the fact that Canadian success in solving problems within the limits of its political system may lead Canadians to retain their faith in liberalism, and even Liberalism, to resolve pressing moral dilemmas related to welfare and liberty.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
... Canadians... [may] have the kind of government, and as much freedom, as they want. What is absent here is not just the conditions of liberty, but the desire for it. Liberty may be... a controlled substance in Canada; but its street value is damned low.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Canadian society is deficient, not in respect for law but in respect for liberty.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
The shock of knowing how their country is really run would, it is assumed, be too great for Canadians to bear; and they, themselves, avert their eyes.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Enlightened institutions are like...the alimentary canal. One can accept the necessity, and even marvel at the intricacy of the process, without, however, admiring its end product.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Frum, David  
There are large and continuing divisions among conservatives. In my view, the gravest and most intractable of them involve issues of nationality, such as immigration, trade, and America's overseas commitments. Compared to those splits, the disagreements between religious or cultural conservatives and economic conservatives loom small.

Feb. 09, 1997 - from a collection of essays published under the title "On the Future of Conservatism" by Commentary magazine
Bernard Landry's claim that English-Canadians ought to welcome [Quebec premier] Lucien Bouchard's ... re-election because of Mr. Bouchard's record of superior economic management is obviously laughable. [Quebec has] North America's highest taxes, Louis XIV-style dirigisme, and the constant threat of political upheaval: It's not exactly a formula for prosperity.

Nov. 30, 1998 - The National Post
Thanks to the Quebec Model [that Quebec Premier Lucien] Bouchard so noisily champions, Quebec's gross domestic product per capita lags 20% behind Ontario's and hovers only barely ahead of Spain's. If the growth rates for the past two decades were to continue, Quebec will be overtaken by South Korea before the first of the baby boomers retires, and will be overtaken by Malaysia before today's newborns turn 30.

Nov. 30, 1998 - The National Post