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Frum, David  
... conservatives, much more than liberals, are worried about the problem of how do you reconcile democracy, and not just institutional democracy but the real feeling that the mass of the people should rule, with other values that are important. That is a thing that conservatives worry about a lot: How do you reconcile it with liberty and respect for property and respect for traditional religious values?

Oct. 30, 1994 - from an interview on the C-SPAN program Booknotes
As the Dead Sea Scrolls remind us, the impulse to declare that the End Is Nigh has been driving men to grow beards and retreat into the desert for millennia. One of the strange tendencies of modern life, however, has been the institutionalization of scaremongering, the willingness of the mass media and government to lend plausibility to wild surmises about the future.

Mar. 2000 - from How We Got Here: Life Since the Seventies for Better or Worse, Random House
Elections are like dictionaries: They're all about definitions. The candidate who succeeds in defining the contest -- and the contestants -- wins; the candidate who gets defined, loses.

May 27, 2000 - from "The race to define defines politics", published in the National Post
... it is social liberals, not social conservatives, who nowadays fine, blacklist, and even threaten to jail businessmen, broadcasters and mayors who dissent from their dogmas...

May 27, 2000 - from "The race to define defines politics", published in the National Post
Right now, the [actuarial] troubles of [the Canada Pension Plan] and the federal retirement system are tedious, abstract subjects. But in about a dozen years, the abstraction will be squeezed flat out of them, as taxes remorselessly rise to honour the easy promises made by glad-handing politicians when the Baby Boomers were young. ... the obligations of present and future taxpayers to the post-2011 retirees have already exceeded any reasonable - and most unreasonable - definitions of the taxpayers' ability to pay.

Aug. 28. 1999 - from "Taxpayers overpaid by $30B", published in the National Post newspaper
Economic conservatives of a certain sort get all twitchy when social conservatives nag them about the break-up of the family. Sophisticated people want to talk about capital formation and the deficit; they imagine that it is only the Savonarolas who would fret about divorce, illegitimacy, and the dwindling vitality of marriage and family in America. In fact, however, the cultural changes that worry social conservatives are likely to make it much more difficult for economic conservatives to win elections in the years ahead. What constituency can there be for Social Security reform and reductions in the welfare functions of government in a society where an ever-rising proportion of the female electorate -- which is 52 percent of the total electorate -- has come to depend on Social Security and welfare?

Feb. 09, 1997 - from a collection of essays published under the title "On the Future of Conservatism" by Commentary magazine
Historically, the Democrats have been the party of national particularism. A century and a half ago, Democratic particularism took the form of sectionalism: championing the interests of some states against the interest of the whole country. From the 1930's until the 1970's, the Democratic party flourished by using the power of government to favor some economic classes over others. Today, that same tradition of particularism takes the form of 'diversity': championing the particular interests of single women and favored ethnic groups. The more intensely ethnic groups resent one another, the worse the mistrust between women and men, the better the Democrats do.

Feb. 09, 1997 - from a collection of essays published under the title "On the Future of Conservatism" by Commentary magazine
If one proves one's patriotism by suffering for one's country, then Canadian medicare patients are among the most patriotic people in the world. Thousands of them every year endure unnecessary pain and danger because of our dilapidated national health-care monopoly.

Sep. 7, 1999 - from his column in the National Post
The crisis in medicare is creating something that Canada seemed to have lost decades ago: a constituency for freedom.

Sep. 7, 1999 - from his column in the National Post
... Canadians are determined to fray the bonds of nationhood. We are carving racially defined, quasi-sovereign mini-states out of the national territory for the benefit of Indians and Inuit, funded by Canadian taxpayers but not accountable to them. We actively discountenance the notion that there might be such a thing as a distinctly Canadian way of life to which newcomers to the country must adapt. Despite a tradition of fair-mindedness equalled in few countries on earth, we now seem bent on making amends for the prejudices of the past with a program of racial preferences in public- and private-sector employment. ... Of the world's ten largest free-market countries, Canada is the only one whose political stability is seriously in question.

Dec. 1999 - from "Too Many Solitudes", published in Saturday Night magazine

Canada's problems are often said to be far from unique: the nation-state is allegedly fading everwhere and Canada's unhappy binationality is even supposed to confer some advantage upon us, by introducing us early to difficulties that the United States, France, Germany, Britain, and other once-solid polities will sooner or later have to reckon with as well. Perhaps that is true, perhaps not. But whatever may lie ahead for those other countries, for the moment at least they can all show a strong sense of national identity and common citizenship. Canada cannot. And this, our greatest national failure, is what we endlessly insist ought to be our legacy to the rest of the world!

Dec. 1999 - from "Too Many Solitudes", published in Saturday Night magazine
[The Canadian constitutional Charter of Rights and Freedoms is] the opposite of a liberty-enhancing document.

Oct. 12, 2000 - from a column in the National Post
This [Canadian] Liberal government seems to be obsessed by the fear that unless carefully watched, somebody somewhere in Canada might start making money. Even now, after a decade of redistributing ourselves into poverty, this government's policies seem to be premised on the assumption that it is better for all of us to fail together than for any of us to succeed. ... the consequences of confiscation ought by now to be clear to us all: recession, devaluation, falling standards of living, the deterioration of public and private services, backwardness, stagnation and immiseration.

Oct. 21, 2000 - from "No more excuses from the Grits", published in the National Post
Social Programs are all very well, in moderation. But they hardly constitute a national identity. Medicare did not climb the cliffs to the Plains of Abraham in General Wolfe's knapsack. We copied it from Britain three years after we imported the twist...

from What's Right
... as government grows, the ambit for real community shrinks...

1996 - from What's Right
[Guaranteed annual income] ... is just about the worst idea that this [Liberal] government has had -- one that will accelerate Canada's trend toward a U.S.-style underclass all our own. We have always had poor people in Canada. But underclass poverty is different from the poverty of farm and fishing village. Underclass poverty is a poverty that separates people from the life of their society in an entrenched, permanent, helpless dependency, characterized by substance abuse, crime and suicide.

Dec. 16, 2000 - from "Chrétien's plan for a Canadian underclass", published in the National Post
Natives in Canada have profited from a ... disinclination on the part of non-natives to pay attention to the dreary details of treaty rights, negotiations and reserve administration. In this vacuum of attention, the courts and the Ottawa bureaucracy have been able to commit thousands of square miles of Canadian land and tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer funds to the control of a few hundred band-leaders exempt from any serious scrutiny or accountability.

Jan. 01, 2000 - from "Global warming, No; land claims, Yes", published in the National Post newspaper
Canada devalued its dollar from 89¢ to 66¢ in the 1990s because this forced reduction in labour costs was the only way our over-taxed economy could remain competitive with the surging American dynamo. We might have used the prosperous years since 1996 to re-engineer our economy in ways that would have encouraged young techies to stay home and that would have stimulated capital investment. Instead, the Chretien government has persisted in treating the tax issue as a selfish concern of the well-to-do.

Jan. 01, 2000 - from "Global warming, No; land claims, Yes", published in the National Post newspaper
Fry, Hedy  
 [Supporting her oft-repeated claim of widespread racism and hate in Canada] We can just go to British Columbia in Prince George where crosses are being burned on lawns as we speak.

Mar. 21, 2001 - from a speech in the House of Commons. Fry's subsequent attempts to bolster this false claim were described as "an outright lie" by the mayor of Prince George and contradicted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Frye, H. Northrop  
... an open mind, to be sure, should be open at both ends, like the foodpipe, and have a capacity for excretion as well as intake.

1982 - from The Great Code

If the world is becoming a global village, it will also take on the features of real village life, including cliques, lifelong feuds, and impassable social barriers.

Jul. 9, 1970 - from "Communications", published in The Listener
History is the social memory of human experience...

1991 - from The Double Vision
No human being or human institution is fit to be trusted with any temporal authority that is not subject to cancellation by some other authority.

1991 - from The Double Vision: Language and Meaning in Religion quoted in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo
The central fact of Canadian history: the rejection of the American Revolution.

Fulford, Robert  
Civilization begins with the consciousness of memory; it begins when we decide we must maintain a spoken, drawn or written account of who we are, what we have done, and why we did it. Conversely, when we abandon this enterprise, or neglect it, or wilfully distort it for the political needs of the moment, we grow less civilized. A society loses its way when it loses secure connections with the past. That possibility is one of the dangers facing us during this historic period.

1993 - from "The Future of Memory: Cultural Institutions in Time of Radical Change", published in Queen's Quarterly, Vol. 100, No. 4
My generation of Canadians grew up believing that, if we were very good or very smart, or both, we would someday graduate from Canada.

Oct. 1970 - from Saturday Night Magazine
Complaining about how newspapers thoughtlessly offend this or that cluster of humans has developed into one of the popular folk arts of this era... Those feeling aggrieved happily enlist in the ever-growing army of victims, people who love to insist that they are "hurt." ... It's dangerous to take such complaints seriously: Constant worry about offending will drain the life from journalism.

Sep. 4, 2001 - from "What's wrong with Welsh on a bet?", published in the National Post
The curious fact is that, in order to qualify as Canadians, we are not required to be loyal, even in theory, to the idea of Canada.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
I have seen the future and it doesn't work.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Gairdner, William D.  
[Statistics Canada no longer collects statistics on marriages and divorces] It can only be a political statement that the natural family is not an important organization. ... The philosophy of modern liberalism has penetrated so deeply into the public consciousness that it means nothing to Statistics Canada to throw out a statistic like this. To the government we are all individuals, and they are not interested in the institutions we form.

Jul. 22, 1996 - quoted in "In the eyes of God, but not of Ottawa", by Michael Jenkinson, published in Alberta Report

The really exciting educational fact here is that Darwin's theory of evolution has been attacked with increasing severity and power this century by prestigious paleontologists, geologists, transformed cladists, discontinuists, molecular biologists, creationists (religious as well as atheistic), and proponents of intelligent design... But you wouldn't know it to read most school textbooks or class notes. There you find more interest in confining students to stale theories, junk science, and politicized social theory, than offering the far more interesting and complicated truth. Too bad.

Jan. 01, 1997 - from "Educational Junkscience", published on The Canadian Conservative Forum
Modern democratic theory [includes] the almost hysterically naive idea that from the pooled votes of more free citizens will arise more goodness and truth.

Dec. 01, 1998 - from "Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Romantic Roots of Modern Democracy", published on The Canadian Conservative Forum
For the [modern liberal], Man is naturally good and is ultimately perfectible by human means and reason alone, with no particular help needed from God, transcendent moral standards, or, for that matter the next-door neighbour. Human failings and ignorance are ultimately said to be rooted not in the individual but in badly flawed human societies. That is why "progressive" regimes are needed to engineer human perfection.

Sep. 01, 1997 - from "Conservatism in a Nutshell", published on The Canadian Conservative Forum
[The true conservative is] prepared to defend the full range of natural differences that arise from the free expression of talent and effort in each human being, and thus will refuse in principle to forcibly equalize society. He generally seeks local solutions to human problems rather than any homogenizing state action. He is naturally anti-egalitarian, and finds poisonous and immoral the idea of forcibly levelling society, of trying to raise the weak by weakening the strong.

Sep. 01, 1997 - from "Conservatism in a Nutshell", published on The Canadian Conservative Forum
All government must be structured to protect man from his own worst proclivities. One man’s cruelty is bad enough, but multiplied by millions it produces tyranny. Therefore, because we know there is a wide range of abilities and intelligence, virtues and vices, the raw will of the people as a whole needs to be tempered, or "filtered," by the experience and prudence of the best and wisest among us.

Sep. 01, 1997 - from "Conservatism in a Nutshell", published on The Canadian Conservative Forum
Although democracy is really just a technique for the distribution of power, we have allowed it to become a new and dangerously unexamined belief system. In a sense, as faith in God and a law above the people weakened, they were replaced by a rising faith in the people and in the "progress" of secular society. The twentieth century was a battleground between warring concepts of democracy that had all become political religions of a sort.

Mar. 2001 - from promotional notes for The Trouble with Democracy
Canada would benefit from a cantonal form of government, such as the Swiss enjoy, rather than our present "executive federalism," or top-down form of government.

Mar. 2001 - from promotional notes for The Trouble with Democracy
Everybody uses the word "democracy" to defend all sorts of contradictory policies and points of view. ... It has become a cheap concept passed around to serve all needs.

Mar. 2001 - from promotional notes for The Trouble with Democracy
... it seems our fabulous material comfort has made it all too easy to abandon the first duty of free citizens: sincere, lifelong moral and intellectual interest in this greatest of all reflections [political philosophy]. We seem more subject than ever to to mass unconcern - or rather, to a kind of active apathy - and hence to gross ideological manipulation.

Apr. 2001 - from The Trouble with Democracy
... momentous shifts and changes in the ground of human society are usually very slow and seldom felt at the time. The ordinary citizens of ancient Athens or Rome had little inkling that their civilizations were already in deep decline as they lived their daily lives, raised their children, worked their slaves, went to a play, or the baths, or the bloody gladitorial matches ... It is a fact, and a seeming paradox, that the moral and social decay of any civilization may occur in the midst of a general material well-being that serves to mask the decline.

Apr. 2001 - from The Trouble with Democracy

... the most important civilizational ideals are ultimately weighed according to some publicly accepted notion of virtue and vice ... There can be no moral framework, and therefore no true community, without a judicious public intolerance. In other words, there can be no public sense of virtue without a public sense of vice.

Apr. 2001 - from The Trouble with Democracy
What is perhaps most ironic and extraordinary about our current sense of democracy ... is how its constituent words: freedom, choice, equality, and rights, are used to defend the blatantly contradictory notions of individualism and collectivism simultaneously. Although many Canadians died defending the former against the latter, we now embrace both with an equal fondness.

Jun. 25, 2001 - from Commentary, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
We think the word democracy has to do only with individual rights, and no longer with our larger responsibilities to the whole people. We seem to believe that individuals have all the rights, and governments have all the duties. The people are simply forgotten. Until we rethink these fundamental propositions, democracy will continue to deceive us.

Jun. 25, 2001 - from Commentary, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Galbraith, John Kenneth  
If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.

In economics, the majority is always wrong.

1968 - quoted in the Saturday Evening Post
One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.

1961 - quoted in TIME Magazine
The only way to get away from the influence of the American economy would be to float our half of the continent off somewhere else.

The liberal ... is better at inventing reforms than in insuring that they are well and honestly administered.

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.

It is now widely believed that God is a conservative.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.

Genuis, Dr. Mark  
Several public opinion polls conducted over the past few years have shown that most Canadian parents do not want more day care; they want more time to spend with their children. Yet the government seems to be persisting in its efforts to introduce programs that will separate children from their parents at ever-younger ages... A wealth of psychological research shows that, for the vast majority of families, the best child care program is a stable, nurturing home with a parent as a more or less full-time caregiver. Indeed, study after study shows that parents are the best developmentalists we have, and that early childhood development programs have little, if any, power to influence child development in the long run. So if our political leaders truly care for children, they will think twice before investing more tax dollars in programs that a majority of Canadian parents say they don't want and that science tells us are unlikely to produce lasting improvements in children's intellectual or emotional development.

Nov. 1, 1999 - from the weekly debate on the National Foundation for Family Research and Education Web site
George, Chief Dan  
One of these days every person in Canada will be a Canadian.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Gibbons, Roger  
... Prime Minister [Jean Chretien] has achieved for Quebec what the majority of Quebec nationalists have sought for the past 30 years - a distinct position within the Canadian federal system in which Quebec is not a province like the others but rather has the de facto status of a separate national community, dealing one-on-one with the government of Canada. This has been achieved, moreover, with no loss of political power in Ottawa. The new 9-1-1 form of federalism, in which the nine provinces other than Quebec negotiate as a group with Ottawa, which then negotiates bilaterally with Quebec, is reinforced by partisan dynamics. Quebec is not necessarily hurt in the division of spoils by the leverage provided by the ongoing threat of separation, and it is this threat that helps maintain the Liberal party's lock on national office. So long as the threat exists, the Liberals can run as the one national party that can hold the country together, just as the PQ can run as the party best able to ward off encroachments from Ottawa. It can be argued that this new model of federalism can only be sustained by a prime minister from Quebec, and here the Liberals hold all the trumps.

Feb. 1999 - from "Taking Stock: Canadian Federalism and Its Constitutional Framework", published in How Ottawa Spends: 1999-2000, edited by Leslie Pal
Gifford-Jones, W.  
Is compulsory pregnancy ever justified?

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Goar, Carol  
The only farewells that politicians handle well are deaths. You can hear some excellent eulogies in the House of Commons.

Dec. 14, 1993 - from her column in the Toronto Star
Goldfarb, Martin  
People vote for their dreams and fears.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Gordon, Walter  
Canada is like a farmer who maintains his high standard of living by selling off another piece of the farm every spring.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Grafstein, Jerahmiel (Jerry) S.  
 We want to employ the federal government's authority and unparalleled reputation ... to the question of clean drinking water. There is a moral imperative, a political imperative, to do that. There isn't a region in the country ... that hasn't got a serious problem.

Apr. 8, 2001 - Proposing that the federal government take over provincial responsibility for Canada's largely-excellent water systems, quoted in "Ottawa Asked to Regulate Drinking Water Safety" by Tim Naumetz, National Post

Granatstein, J.L.  
The key to understanding our civic institutions, British history, as been eliminated from the classroom because the British are seen as just another ethnic group deserving of no special attention.

from "History as Victimology" in Great Questions of Canada, Rudyard Griffiths, ed., Stoddard Publishing, Toronto
The values and traditions of Canadian life should be force-fed to [immigrants]; history should be explained in ways that demonstrate how and why we have regularly settled our disputes without force, how our political system has functioned, and why we have on many occasions gone to war or joined alliances, not for aggressive reasons, but to protect our democratic ideals. Those are the reasons immigrants come here, after all. But do we teach this past to our newcomers? Not a chance. ... Instead the history that is taught focuses on Canada's many sins: Canadian racism, Canadian sexism, Canadian abuses of human and civil rights - these are all studied at length in a well-intentioned, but misguided, attempt to educate children about the need for tolerance.

Aug. 28, 1999 - from "A politically correct history leads to a distorted past and a bleak future", published in the National Post newspaper
Our teaching of the past ... focuses on victimology ... Sometimes these tales [of historical abuse] are accurate, but only sometimes. Not everyone was or is a victim, despite the clamorous legal claims of the present.

Aug. 28, 1999 - from "A politically correct history leads to a distorted past and a bleak future", published in the National Post newspaper
Talk of separatism, and not only in Quebec, is in the air. The nation is fragile indeed, and one reason for this lamentable state of affairs might well be the lack of a history that binds Canadians together. It is not that we do not have such a history. It is simply that we have chosen not to remember it.

Feb. 01, 1998 - from Who Killed Canadian History
History is important ... because it is the way a nation, a people, and an individual learn who they are, where they came from, and how and why their world has turned out as it has. We do not simply exist in a contemporary world. We have a past, if only we would try to grapple with it. History teaches us a sense of change over time. History is memory, inspiration, and commonality - and a nation without memory is every bit as adrift as an amnesiac wandering the streets. History matters, and we forget this truth at our peril.

Feb. 01, 1998 - from Who Killed Canadian History
The Canadian experiment, for all our current preoccupations, has been one of success, not failure.

from Who Killed Canadian History
Gratzer, David  
Canada might not be a country of distinct culture or identity. Much of the last three decades we defined ourselves by what we opposed (Quebec sovereignty) and what we weren't (Americans). For this reason, we embraced a huge, intrusive welfare state - one that dictated language policy like bilingualism, regional transfers, and social programs. We attempted to social engineer ourselves into a post-colonial nation. Compassion and accommodation became the buzz words of the body politic; deficits and inflation, the fiscal realities of the policies.

Dec. 19, 1999 - from his column in the Halifax Herald
Greenland, Cyril  
I sincerely believe that massive social sanctions against irresponsible parenthood are absolutely essential; massive social sanctions against irresponsible parenthood should become the foundation of our social morality and our public policy.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Greenspan, Edward  
... politics has taken over the issues surrounding sexual assault. It is clear that the feminist influence has amounted to intimidation, posing a potential danger to the independence of the judiciary. I deplore any attempt to use the Canadian Judicial Council as an agent of the women's movement, through the filing of complaints against judges whose remarks do not accord with the feminist world view. Feminists have entrenched their ideology in the Supreme Court of Canada and have put all contrary views beyond the pale.... the feminists and their fellow travellers have created such a repressive and authoritarian world that certain words are not only unacceptable, but now constitute misconduct. The feminist perspective has hi-jacked the Supreme Court of Canada and now feminists want to throw off the bench anyone who disagrees with them...

Mar. 2, 1999 - from "Judges have no right to be bullies", published in the National Post
Grove, Frederick  
Land I've cleared is more my own land than land I've bought.

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

Grubel, Herbert  
The collapse of the Soviet Union has revealed that the officially pronounced superior economic performance of central planning was a sham. The miracle of Sweden’s economic and social performance has lost its luster with the release of recent statistics. In 1960, Sweden’s per capita income was 6 percent higher than that of Canada. In 1995, Sweden's per capita income was 14 percent lower than Canada's. Unemployment in Sweden has become a persistent problem. (see Lindbeck 1997). Japan’s stagnating economy of the 1990s is seen by many as evidence of the pitfalls of national industrial strategies.

Sep. 01, 1998 - from "Economic Freedom and Human Welfare: Some Empirical Findings", an essay published in The Cato Journal, Fall 1998
Gunter, Lorne  
The social union, largely negotiated away from the harsh light of public scrutiny, is nothing more than a political agreement... Witness the way it was sprung on Canadians full-grown. Having seen the last two efforts to alter profoundly the Canadian federation -- Meech and Charlottetown -- spin into the ground once the public had examined the details (and take several political careers with them), the leaders of Canada's 13 most senior governments chose to disguise their current effort as a simple federal-provincial cost-sharing agreement (Nothing of interest here citizens, please move along), and to reveal it only after the ink was dry (Too late folks; fait accompli).

Mar. 04, 1999 - from an essay for The Canadian Conservative Forum
Reformers believe the people should be the sovereigns in a democracy, while Tories cringe at the thought of sharing national decision-making with their children’s nanny, their chauffeur and secretary.

from his column in the Edmonton Journal
If we are to remain a truly self-governing people, we must insist that the will of the people - our will - can only be overturned by our will.

Mar. 14, 2000 - from his column in The Edmonton Journal
I have come to revile human rights commissions. They are not the guardians of equity and the defenders of freedoms; they are side-takers and poke-noses, worming away at the very rights they were established to defend and exercising great power to change our laws on behalf of politically fashionable interest groups.

Jun. 22, 2001 - from "The new Inquisitors take sides", published in The Edmonton Journal
Human rights commissions are the new Inquisitions. They will accept testimony in secret. They frequently flout standard rules of evidence. They often just declare what is in the minds of defendents. And they are a menace to true freedom for everyone, including gays.

Jun. 22, 2001 - from "The new Inquisitors take sides", published in The Edmonton Journal
[Non-governmental organizations] There are as many as 17,000 of them worldwide. They consume billions of dollars each year from governments and foundations. They cluster around the United Nations and its agencies like moths to flames and influence the public policies of sovereign states, sometimes profoundly, without ever seeking elective office. They claim to be deeply committed to the Third World, yet fewer than 15% of them have their headquarters there. They also fancy themselves champions of the people against imperialist governments and multinational corporations, yet few people have ever heard of them, much less given them their blessing.

Aug. 28, 1999 - from "Whose world is it, anyway?", published in the National Post newspaper
There is a danger of sounding Milhousian any time one seeks to pin nefarious global ambitions on the United Nations or its supporters. So let's be clear up front: The black helicopter crowd is wrong. The UN and the [non-governmental organizations] are not conspiring with the Bilderbergers, under the supervision of the Masons and the Trilateral Commission, to enslave the globe. To be sure, there are plenty of globalist dreamers among the ranks of the NGOs. ... But why would NGO executives want to take over the world? The governments of the industrialized democracies, and in particular the government of Canada, have proven themselves enthusiastic partners, heavily subsidizing NGO activities and affording these organizations easy access to the corridors of power where national priorities are set.

Aug. 28, 1999 - from "Whose world is it, anyway?", published in the National Post newspaper
Most [non-governmental organizations associated with the United Nations] are working to reduce the role of nations and expand that of the UN. In addition, they are pursuing the creation of a network of international organizations, such as their own, that parallels the existing UN framework, grants them a role in UN priority-setting and decision-making, and authorizes them to sit in judgement of national efforts to comply with UN directives, treaties and conventions. This they refer to as international 'civil society'.

28-Aug-99 - from "Whose world is it, anyway?", published in the National Post newspaper
Where once sovereign states were skeptical of surrendering sovereignty, social democratic governments (and often the bureaucracies serving conservative ones), especially in the developed world, have begun using the [United Nations/non-governmental-organizations] nexus the way they use the courts: to effect changes to domestic public policy that would be difficult or impossible democratically. In other words, they use the UN and the NGOs to circumvent democracy.

28-Aug-99 - from "Whose world is it, anyway?", published in the National Post newspaper

... the embarrassing fact is that very few people are involved in the [United Nations movement towards a globally-powerful People's Assembly]. Believing in the nobility of their intentions, however, most [global] civil society actors are convinced they speak for 'the people'. Suffused with their own magnanimity, they justify their lack of a popular mandate by claiming their actions are what the people would choose for themselves if conservative governments and transnational corporations were not keeping the truth from the masses.

28-Aug-99 - from "Whose world is it, anyway?", published in the National Post newspaper
Stifling dissent and keeping secret its dealings with the United Nations are but two of the ways the Liberal government is using the international body and non-governmental organizations to engineer domestic and international policy.

Aug. 30, 1999 - from "Playing with the world's agenda", published in the National Post newspaper
Ottawa spends millions annually subsidizing NGO [non-governmental organization] research on which provisions Canada should demand at [United Nations policy committees], an extraordinary sum considering NGO research often consists mostly of quoting the opinions of other NGOs, and being quoted by them, in a sort of circular celebration of non-proof.

Aug. 30, 1999 - from "Playing with the world's agenda", published in the National Post newspaper
This fall, Canada must submit its regular, five-year report on its compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Despite widespread support for it among the international establishment, the convention is controversial since its provisions would appear to grant governments and international agencies the right to provide sex education, contraceptives, abortion counselling and abortions, and sexual orientation counselling to minor children, even if the children's parent object.

Aug. 30, 1999 - from "Playing with the world's agenda", published in the National Post newspaper
[Re: the Canadian Supreme Court's reversal of its own two-month-old decision on Mi'kmaq fishing rights] Laws are meant to be greater than the men and women who write and administer them. Such a rule of law preserves individual rights and freedoms from the ideological fashion of the times, from the grasping government of the day and, in extreme cases, from tyrants. If our laws are merely what the Supreme Court say they are on any given day, subject to change without notice, then Canada has ceased to be a nation governed by laws and has become a nation governed by judicial fiat.

Nov. 21, 1999 - from his column in the Edmonton Journal
Here's a little tip for politicians everywhere: If you find yourselves with more time than issues on your hands, go home. We promise, we'll love you just the same. ... If you can find nothing more important to do than banning the use of cell phones while driving or outlawing riding in the back of pick-ups, do nothing. Go home. Go back to your families, your businesses, your farms, the real world and stop thinking up ways to micromanage the lives of your constituents. We're grown-ups. We can take care of ourselves.

Dec. 19, 1999 - from his column in The Edmonton Journal
By preserving the state health care monopoly, Canadians are actually speeding the two-tiered system so many claim to dread. More and more thousands every year are slipping over the line into the States for faster and, increasingly often, better treatment. That truly is an option only the well-heeled can afford.

Dec. 21, 1999 - from his column in The Edmonton Journal
At the beginning of [former prime minister Pierre] Trudeau's career in federal politics, Canada was a nation governed largely by consensus. By the end, it had been transformed into a nation where everything -- politics, relations between the sexes, individual rights, court decisions, and so on -- everything, was about politics: Who had the power, and who could use it to force their ideas upon all the others.

Oct. 1, 2000 - from his column in The Edmonton Journal
Gwyn, Richard  
Multiculturalism indeed may decay into multinationalism, and Canada will lose all sense of being a collective community.

Mar. 7, 1993 - from his column in the Toronto Star
Ham, James  
A [university] president has been defined as one who shakes the hands of one-third of the audience and the confidence of the other two-thirds.

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

Hansen, Rick  
Let's not concentrate on disabilities, let's focus on abilities

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Harris, Michael  
[A Clinton staff member] She perfectly symbolizes the cult of decadent loyalty that may sustain a bad man in a great office.

Harris, Mike  
We are not the government. We came here to fix the government.

Oct. 18, 1998 - PC Party of Ontario Annual General Meeting
Hatfield, Richard  
The notion that a free-enterprise system exists has got to be acknowledged as a myth. If I had a choice between believing in free enterprise and Santa Claus, I'd tell you I believe in Santa Claus.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Hayakawa, Samuel I.  
I believe in bilingualism but I don't want to see it subsidized by the taxpayer. It's for your own parents and your own community to provide.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Only an idiot would be against speaking two languages. I'm against bilingual education.

quoted in "Loco, Completamente Loco: The many failures of bilingual education" by Glenn Garvin, published in Reason Magazine, January, 1998
Hemingway, Ernest  
Never mistake motion for action.

Henrie, Maurice  
To achieve take-off, the senior bureaucrat's mind requires a strong headwind. A drawback due not so much to overloading as to problems in the basic design.

Jul. 8, 1996 - quoted in "Anatomy of the mandarinate", a review of the Mandarin Syndrome, published in Alberta Report
The integrity of the mandarinate [government mandarins] is like the yeti. Everyone talks about it, but no one can offer an eye witness account.

Jul. 8, 1996 - quoted in "Anatomy of the mandarinate", a review of the Mandarin Syndrome, published in Alberta Report
Among the mandarinate [government mandarins], dignity and certainty are diseases, pathological states, as are leprosy or herpes. They will not kill you, of course, but they make life miserable, and are a constant menace to others.

Jul. 8, 1996 - quoted in "Anatomy of the mandarinate", a review of the Mandarin Syndrome, published in Alberta Report