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Levant, Ezra  
History will likely record Baby Boomers as the one anomalous generation to receive transfers from both its parents and its children.

1997 - from Youthquake
Lewis, David  
I would hate to think that I should ever have to choose between socialism and democracy, but if I had to, I would choose democracy.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Lewis, Keith  
[Re: government claims that the Canadian Wheat Board maintains wheat export quality] It's our farmers, not our marketing system, that creates our quality. There's no canola board, but the Japanese still say ours is the best in the world.

Jul. 29, 1996 - quoted in "The report is in and everyone's furious", by Schafer Parker Jr., published in Alberta Report
Lewis, Wyndham  
[Canada] The most parochial nationette on earth.

Dec. 1996 - quoted by C.J. Fox in The Beaver
Loney, Martin  
Both the Liberals and Tories cultivated dependent minorities for years, and as a result, our 'vis-min' [visible minority] population has gone from 6.8% in 1986 to 9.3% in 1991 to maybe 12% today. That's what happens when you have an immigration rate of 250,000 per year - or 1% of the population.

Jul. 1, 1996 - quoted in "Canadians Go Home", by Joe Woodard, published in Alberta Report
The absence of effective management and monitoring [of federal government grant programs] is not accidental. The rationale for many funding programs lies in the opportunity they afford for the creation of mutually beneficial relations between politicians, bureaucrats and grant recipients. ... Success for civil servants is measured not in what is achieved in economic or social development but in spending target sums win ways that accord with the interests of their political masters. Since the purpose of the grants is old-fashioned pork-barrel, the absence of accurate accounting is scarecely a surprise. Reform requires not a review of supervisory procedures but a termination of the programs.

Jan. 24, 2000 - from "Another day, another slush fund", published in the National Post
The race industry enthusiastically supports the collection of extensive racial data with one striking exception - crime data. This allows the discussion about ethnicity and crime to proceed unencumbered by basic facts. ... Some sources of information do provide insight into the involvement of individuals from different ethnic backgrounds in crime and they suggest that, far from racializing crime, the media reflect real concerns. The Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada, in it's 1997 report on organized crime, noted the role of Jamaican Posse's in the distribution of crack cocaine in Southern Ontario. The Rae Government's Commission on Systemic Racism showed black adults were admitted to prison at five times the rate of white adults, but that Asians were admitted at only half the rate of white adults. The disparity in some offences was striking: The black-white ratio for drug trafficing and importing was twenty-two to one, for weapons offenses, black-white remand rates were nine to one. The race industry claims such figures result from differential policing, but black admisions for drinking and driving offences, a charge in which the police have considerable discretion, are half those of whites.

Oct. 2, 1999 - from "Reporting on the Colour of Crime", published in the National Post
The great advantage of the whacky world of pay equity is that among employees, there are only winners. If Jane is paid too little, Dick is never paid too much. In a world where spiralling public-sector debt has finally reined in public-sector pay awards, pay equity legislation is starting up a new gravy train.

Oct. 20, 1999 - from "Equity ruling shows courts in grip of radical feminism", published in the National Post
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation bargainers are the shock troops of Canada's teachers' unions. A 1996 Ontario Ministry of Education report found the province's salaries were 15% higher than those of the nine other provinces following a decade of increases that outstripped the rest of the country ... The Ontario Teachers Pension Fund is one is one of the largest in North America. The OSSTF executive travels the province in a private jet. ... The salary on offer in Toronto is effectively for a 10-month year; pro rated it is around $85,000 [and] the benefits of Toronto teachers are in a class of their own with semi-private hospital care and dental benefits up to $10,000 annually ... Ontario's teachers work in Canada's most expensive public school system. The per capita cost in Alberta is $5,898 - nearly $1000 lower than Ontario ... Yet Ontario's results are alarming.

Feb. 8, 2001 - from "Ontario teachers' union gives lessons in greed", published in the National Post
In the recent province-wide testing of [Ontario's] Grade 3 and 6 students, 51% of Grade 3 and 50% of Grade 6 students failed to meet the provincial reading standard; 48% of Grade 3 and 52% of Grade 6 students failed to meet the provincial writing standard. Math results were little better: 43% of Grade 3 and 49% of Grade 6 students failed to meet the provincial standard. International and inter-provincial comparisons are scarcely more encouraging. The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) ranked students in a number of countries into three groups. Ontario consistently made the middle ranking, behind such countries as Korea, the Slovak Republic, the Netherlands, Taiwan and Hungary. Alberta students scored in the first rank.

Feb. 8, 2001 - from "Ontario teachers' union gives lessons in greed", published in the National Post



Canadian schools have the highest dropout rate in any G7 country apart from the United States. Our schools' feminist bias also engenders a growing gender gap; Canada's ratio of girls to boys graduating from high school is 81:70, the largest gender difference in the G7. In contrast, France and Germany not only have much better overall success rates, they exhibit no significant gender differences. In France the ratio is 86:85 in Germany 86:86.

Feb. 8, 2001 - from "Ontario teachers' union gives lessons in greed", published in the National Post
School swimming pools are emptied to save money, speech therapists laid off and budgets for teaching materials savaged while Ontario teachers continue to set new benchmarks for salaries. Until the province compels province-wide bargaining, the hemorrhage will continue. Alternatively, with per capita costs pushing $7,000, the government could simply by-pass school boards and give parents of school-aged children an equivalent voucher.

Feb. 8, 2001 - from "Ontario teachers' union gives lessons in greed", published in the National Post
The pay equity decision [to award $4B in back pay to 'underpaid' women in the Canadian federal civil service] is the latest in a line of ill-researched, no-expense-spared interventions by the Human Rights Commission. [It] is not proof of gender discrimination. It is imaginative use of pay-equity legislation to inflate public-sector salaries. The astronomical cost of the pay-equity farrago may finally bring home to Canadians the extraordinary folly unleashed in the name of equity.

Aug. 24, 1998 - from an essay in Time Magazine, August 24th, 1998
Many allegations of racial discrimination rest on no more than the claim that visible minorities lack proportional representation. Problems of appropriate numerical representation for visible minorities have been compounded by pervasive confusion over the numbers involved. It might be thought that those who were obsessed with issues of race would have apprised themselves of basic factual data, but this was frequently not the case.

1998 - from The Pursuit of Division: Race, Gender, and Preferential Hiring in Canada
The proposition that women in the federal public service experience pervasive discrimination should have been laid to rest in 1990 with the publication of the report of a task force set up by Pat Carney, then Treasury Board secretary. The task force -- specifically charged with finding evidence of discrimination, staffed by feminists, and supported by a multi-million-dollar budget -- failed to deliver the goods. In contrast to the mysterious practices of pay equity experts, Statistics Canada provided the task force with the results of cohort studies that asked a straightforward question: Do women in similar occupations, with the same age and length of service as men, receive smaller pay increases over the years? The studies revealed no such pattern.

Oct. 20, 1999 - from "Equity ruling shows courts in grip of radical feminism", published in the National Post
[Re: the politics of gender and race identity] Canadians have financed an increasingly destructive agenda whose outcome is not unity, equality or fairness, but division.

The lack of any convincing evidence that racial minorities or women experienced the contemporary systemic discrimination so frequently claimed on their behalf raises ... questions. How did an industry based on a proverbial stack of cards become so well entrenched? How did Canada, a country which on any international scale appears to enjoy considerable racial harmony, come to be portrayed as profoundly racist, a country in which colour is said to be the defining issue in the life experience of every visible minority? The search for answers leads time and again to the action of politicians and bureaucrats in endorsing the agenda of politics based on group identity.

1998 - from The Pursuit of Division: Race, Gender, and Preferential Hiring in Canada
Preferential hiring advocates regale Canadians with specious comparisons betweeen men's and women's earnings with ... scant regard for whether apples are being compared with apples. The leaders of the movement, women in their mid-thirties and beyond, might be thought representative of a group that has experienced some marked hardship. In contrast, they represent the only group in the Canadian labour force that can boast striking gains. For many Canadians the last two decades have seen little progress in earnings, with any gains quickly absorbed by tax increases; some have experienced a sharp fall in earnings. A study reported in the Statistics Canada's Canadian Economic Observer (October 1997) highlighted the marked decline in income ... In contrast, the group categorized as "Prime Women" (aged 35 to 54) recorded large increases in employment and striking increases in earnings.

1998 - from The Pursuit of Division: Race, Gender, and Preferential Hiring in Canada
Porous borders make mean streets.

Jan. 2, 2000 - title of his essay in the National Post newspaper
Lower, Arthur R.M.  
In every generation, Canadians have had to rework the miracle of their political existence.

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



Myth establishes its own version of history, partly by the colouring of fact, partly by the deliberate suppression of unwelcome facts.

Lynch, Charles  
After all, it was the Conservatives who invented the game of 'Swallow the Leader'.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
I even said a few prayers on the subject - Dear Lord, let me just once see a government that is not Liberal... just give someone else a try, just once, for the country's sake as well as my own.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Lyon, Sterling  
The only difference between a Communist and a Socialist is that they are both bears but one has its claws removed.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Throughout our history, Mr. Prime Minister, our rights have been protected by those people whom we elect, that the people elect to represent them. I can see no reason to transfer that function and responsibility to appointees who, however capable in their own areas, are not involved with the consequences that recognition of rights has on economic resources, on social activities, nor with the need for pragmatic compromises...

Sep. 8, 1980 - from remarks at the Federal-Provincial Conference of First Ministers on the Constitution, Ottawa (from conference papers, vol. 1, pp 476-481)
MacDonald, John A.  
When fortune empties her chamberpot on your head, smile and say, 'we are going to have a summer shower.'

1874
... our aim should be to enlarge the bounds of our party so as to embrace every person desirous of being counted as a progressive Conservative, and who will join in a series of measures to put an end to the corruption which has ruined the present government and debauched its followers.

1864 - quoted in The Conservative Party, by Heath Macquarrie, Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1965
Canada is a hard country to govern.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
I do not say that all Grits are horse thieves, but I feel quite sure that all horse thieves are Grits.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
MacDonnell, James J.  
Accountability of public servants to government, of government to Parliament, and of Parliament to taxpayers can be achieved only if the MPs of all parties support these goals. Parliamentarians must never lose sight of the fact that in a democracy, accountability is the price exacted for the gift of power.




MacGillivray, Royce  
We come now to one of the most distinctive characteristics of the Ontario mind. This way of dealing with ideas distinguishes us from the four founding nations. This is, that ideas are, in general, considered as orthodox or heretical, not as true or false. They fail or pass the test not of facts or logic, but of some dogmatic system, normally constructed by the user out of bits and pieces of the other dogmatic systems lying around. This way of dealing with ideas is naturally most evident in those classes of people who use ideas, the intelligentsia, academics, school teachers, journalists, and so forth.

1985 - from The Mind of Ontario, Mika Publishing Company
Mackasey, Bryce  
I happen to believe in a Canada where profits is not a dirty word. Without profits, there would be no money for social reforms.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
MacLennan, Hugh  
The trouble with this whole country is that it's divided up into little puddles with big fish in each one of them.

MacNeil, Robert  
Parents can plant magic in a child's mind through certain words spoken with some thrilling quality of voice, some uplift of the heart and spirit.

MacPherson, C.B.  
We are supposed to have a rwo-or three -party system in Canada, yet one party has been in office, with only two intervals, ever since 1896, and continuously since 1935. This has led one observer to speak of Canada as a one-party state, and to attribute the phenomenon to the skill of the Liberal party in representing the lowest common denominator of political opinion in a country with an unusual dispersion of racial, religious, and sectional interests. The one party, it is said, has been so successful at this that it is now widely considered to be the only party able to form a government; consequently, the greater the threat that it may lose an election, the more voters rally to it from protest parties.

1952 - from Democracy In Alberta: Social Credit and the Party System
... in the very near future our problem will be not to get people to work but to find something for them to do, not to make the most efficient use of scarce means but to start repairing the scarcity of human values that have been submerged in the struggle against material scarcity.

1972 - from The Real World of Democracy
Magner, Mark  
Public ignorance is an essential tool in the socialist's toolbox

Dec. 15, 2000
Magnet, Joseph  
[Social activist Supreme Court Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dube] Some people in the legal community think that she is not tremendously faithful to the law, that she stretches the law. Some people think that she is too reckless in imposing her views, which are iconoclastic.

Apr. 09, 1999 - quoted in The National Post
Mahoney, Kathleen  
 Formal equality is based on the notion that equality will be achieved as long as all people are treated the same under the law. Substantive equality is based on the notion that equality will be achieved by ensuring the impact of laws is fair.

from a column in the National Post
Manfredi, Christopher  
To infringe on individual rights in the name of a social good you have to be able to show compelling evidence that there will be benefits. Gun control does not meet that standard. ... If the government can successfully trample on personal rights behind the smoke screens of gun control and, presumably, crime control, this enhances the power of the government to do the same thing in other areas. Anyone concerned with personal liberty should be bothered by [Canadian Bill C-68, the gun registration law].




Manley, John  
 Arguably high tax levels, if anything, should increase productivity because it would drive innovation in order to lower other costs.

Dec. 04, 1998 - quoted in The National Post while Minister of Trade and Economic Development
Mann, Edward  
We would defend our open society by becoming an even more open society. Bureaucratic secrecy is not only corrosive of liberty, it is ultimately inefficient.

1979 - from The RCMP vs. The People, quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo (with John Alan Lee)
Manning, Preston  
...the fathers of Confederation worked to create new constitutional arrangements and structures, which sought to bypass the discredited concept of a partnership between the English and the French, rather than perpetuate it.

If subsequent generations of politicians had left the problem of French-English tension within the provincial confines to which the Fathers of Confederation had relegated it, and expanded and built upon the new foundation of Canada as a federation of provinces rather than a federation of founding peoples, Canada might not be in the dilemma it is today.

In the case of Canada's aboriginal peoples, special status in federal law based on race has been the governing principle since before Confederation. Surely no one would argue that this approach has led to the social, economic, or cultural benefit of aboriginal Canadians. It has been an unmitigated disaster.

The role of the federal government should be neutral towards culture just as it is towards religion.

As special interest groups are given more status, privileges, and public funding, they use their bargaining power to exact concessions from governments that are both economically inefficient and politically undemocratic.

Effective representation in a modern democracy ... is not a matter of representing constituent interests only, or party principles and platform only, or member's judgement only, but a judicious and practical combination of the three in accordance with well-understood principles and practices.

...there is less freedom of speech and freedom of political action in the Canadian House of Commons than there is in any other political forum in the country.

A revolutionary should neither look or act like one to get ahead in Canada.

1995 - quoted in The Canadian Revolution, by Peter Newman



Some people ... want their MP to represent their views on a particular issue in the Parliament ... the 'delegate view of representation.' People say ... that they expect politicians to keep their promises and implement the program on which they sought public support in the first place ... the 'mandate theory of representation' ... People say ... they expect you to use your judgement on the issues that come up in the Parliament, ... the 'trusteeship theory of representation.' ... The challenge for modern democratic parties and institutions is to integrate these three into one coherent theory of representation and develop guidelines for voting in caucus and voting in Parliament in accordance with that model.

from "Obstacles and Opportunities for Parliamentary Reform", published in the Canadian Parliamentary Review
Margolis, Eric  
The Liberals are the party of big government. Under their patron saint, Pierre Trudeau, the federal government went from consuming 30% of national income to 53%. When government devours more than half of a nation's economic output, government no longer serves taxpayers, taxpayers serve government. Other countries call this socialism. In Canada, it's termed 'justice and compassion.'

Nov. 26, 2000 - from "Does Canada Need its Bloated Federal Government?"
Seventy percent of taxes Canadians pay on average - 70% - go to support the vast federal government in Ottawa. Provincial governments, which very ably conduct the real business of running Canada, get only a paltry 30%.

Nov. 26, 2000 - from "Does Canada Need its Bloated Federal Government?"
This enormous loss of national wealth [the 40% decline in the value of the Canadian dollar] was purposely engineered by Canadian governments, Liberals and Tories, in order to keep exports competitive on world markets. Without currency devaluation, the government would have had to cut social spending, sharply reduce personal and business taxes, and slash regulation. Unions would have had to accept wages competitive with the USA. But a falling dollar also means all imported raw and finished goods, from chemicals and lettuce to cars, rise in cost. Because much of this increase is hidden, and comes over years in small increments, most people don't see the government's depreciation shell game.

Nov. 19, 2000 - from "Canada: From Riches to Rags in Only 30 Years"
Martin, Diane  
Children and women are treated as truth tellers for the purposes of their claims... A trial is not a determination of what happened anymore. The presumption of innocence has taken a major hit over the last 15 years under the guise of offering protection to vulnerable witnesses.

Apr. 18, 1998 - from "Lawyer says top court deserves tough criticism", published in the Globe and Mail
Martin, Paul  
When [Ontario Premier] Mike Harris says you should do tax cuts, I essentially say, well, why don’t you go read Alice in Wonderland?

Aug. 27, 1998 - quoted in The Toronto Star newspaper
For years governments have been promising more than they can deliver, and delivering more than they can afford.

Feb. 22, 1994 - from his budget speech, quoted in the Globe and Mail and in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo
Martin, Robert  
[Supreme Court] The judges are treating the Constitution as if it were their own possession.

Aug. 27, 1998
Martin, Roger  
... the [Chretien] Liberal government ... has presided over the worst decade in living memory for Canada's relative prosperity. After many decades occupying third place in the world in gross domestic product per capita ... Canada slipped to the fifth spot in 1991. We have vacillated between fifth and seventh ever since. Ireland, which in 1987 had half our standard of living, is set to become a more prosperous county than Canada in 2000. Canadians have long consoled themselves by characterizing the U.S. as sacrificing socal spending in order to create high levels of wealth. Now we must face the fact that the wealthy U.S. is spending more per capita on social programs than Canada does.

Feb. 28, 2000 - from "How to Judge the Budget", published in TIME magazine
Martinuk, Susan  
Less than a third of native children attended [Canadian parochial] schools. Yet they have seemingly become the root cause of all the poverty, alcoholism, suicide, and violence that exists on reserves today. ... The race to collect compensation now seeks to push the boundaries of victimhood even further. Claimants are set to proceed on a $2.4-billion class-action suit against a residential school in Ontario. They are claiming financial damages for plaintiffs who never even attended the school - yet claim their lives were destroyed because their parents did. ... Welcome to victimhood - the cash cow of our age.

Feb. 18, 1999 - from "Cashing In on Victimhood", published in Reader's Digest Magazine, originally published in the National Post



A fundamentally wrong assumption now governs our society: No one should have to endure difficult circumstances. Every aspect of our human situation has become the responsibility of society at large, and when one has a difficult life, one is instantly transformed into a victim of evil societal forces. Where there is difficulty, there is a victim; where there are victims, there must be compensation. ... Sadly, if we continue to rely on a monetary balm to heal every injustice, healing will eventually cease as we run out of the balm that heals.

Feb. 18, 1999 - from "Cashing In on Victimhood", published in Reader's Digest Magazine, originally published in the National Post
Many [people] now believe public education has become largely unaccountable to those who have the most at stake in using it -- parents. The system's approach to issues such as homosexual conduct, sex education and religion have heightened concerns by parents that public education is imposing an alternative agenda on our children. But these issues are only a symptom of a much deeper problem in our education system -- the outright dismissal of teachings related to morality and virtue. In the past, public education played an important role in modelling and developing character and moral standards. This has steadily diminished over the past two decades and many parents and educators now encounter opposition and confusion over whether it is possible or even desirable to teach children about morality.

Oct. 1997 - from a column in Christian Info News
Massey, Vincent  
I believe in Canada, with pride in her past, belief in her present and faith in her future.

1948 - from his book On Being Canadian (1948)
Nothing is more characteristic of Canadians than the inclination to be moderate.

Matthews, Robin  
Inside Canada ideologies contend with so much continuity that many Canadians often fail to see the outlines of the differences.

from "Ideology in Canada" in Canadian Foundations, published by the Open Learning Agency
Fundamental ideological structures in a society are rarely changed - unless by violent revolutionary overthrow - once they have taken shape ... people who gain state power through the predominance of one political ideology are loath to see the free and healthy development of ideologies that question existing predominance ... The fact that radical ideological change may result in instability is not only a fact, it is a political weapon used to support injustice and to maintain the dominant ideology. In many cases instability is forced upon what otherwise would be fairly peaceable ideological transitions.

from "Ideology in Canada" in Canadian Foundations, published by the Open Learning Agency
Mazankowski, Donald  
I think it would be totally inappropriate for me to even contemplate what I am thinking about.

McCabe, Michael  
The future of Canadian television... depends on persuading more viewers to choose Canadian programs... [But] today the tools used by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission only put more hours of Canadian TV on the air, and channel more money to the production industry. It's a system that cries out for an answer to the question, "Is anybody watching?"... The Field of Dreams mentality ("Show it and they will watch") is fiction.

Oct. 19, 1998 - Column in The Globe and Mail
McClung, Nellie  
Disturbers are never popular - nobody ever really loved an alarm clock in action - no matter how grateful they may have been afterwards for its kind service.

quoted in Canadian by Conviction, Brune and Bulgutch, Gage Educational Publishing Company
Never retreat, never explain, never apologize. Get the thing done and let them howl.

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



Democracy has its faults; the people may run the country to the dogs, but they will run it back again.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
McDonald, Kenneth  
... In his sixteen years of office Pierre Elliot Trudeau made himself a nuisance by inserting the tentacles of government where they had no place to be: in the lives of private citizens. The man who declared that there was no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation set about making its presence felt in every room in the house.

1995 - from His Pride, Our Fall
McDonough, Alexa  
 The spectator sport in Canada is hockey, not the sexual activities of our leaders. ... The Canadian people aren't nearly as starry-eyed in believing politicians are perfect. They hold a more healthy notion of their politicians as human beings.

Sep. 19, 1998 - quoted in the Toronto Globe and Mail responding to a question about U.S. president Bill Clinton's lying under oath about his sexual affair with a young intern in the Oval Office
McElroy, Wendy  
Sexual correctness is a dogma that permits no dissent. Gender feminists have no scruples about silencing and dismissing the voices of women who disagree. Thus - though individualist feminism is a rich tradition with deep roots in American history - it is virtually ignored.

Mystification is the process by which the commonplace is elevated to the level of the divine by those who have a vested interest in its unassailability. Government is a perfect example of mystification at work. Government is a group of individuals organized for the purpose of extracting wealth and exerting power over people and resources in a given geographic area. Ordinarily people object to and resist thieves and robbers; but in the case of government, they do not because the government has created a mystique of legitimacy about its activities.

from "Demystifying the State"
Past governments used the divine right of kings, by which monarchs claimed the divinity of being appointed to rule by God, as a means of instilling this respect; rebellion against the king became rebellion against the will of God. Contemporary governments have replaced this with the legitimacy derived from such concepts as "democracy," "equality," the "motherland," or the "American way of life." Such patriotic concepts have the ability to rouse feelings of awe and reverence in the population. These reactions are ingeniously channeled to support the government, and in turn help create the mystique of legitimacy which governments need to survive.

from "Demystifying the State"
McLachlin, Beverly  
The day I wake up and look in the mirror and say, 'I decided a case to please this interest group or that interest group' ... that's the day I'm not fit to be a judge.

Aug. 23, 1999 - quoted in "McLachlin v. Iacobucci for job of chief justice", published in the National Post
McLean, Al  
 [Asked about his conduct and chances for being elected] My conduct has nothing to do with me.

Jun. 15, 2000 - quoted in "Possible Alliance candidate? McLean’s musings cause stir", published in the Orillia Packet and Times
McLellan, Anne  
 Despite what Canadians might say, putting kids in jail, though necessary, is not an effective response to youth crime. ... the get tough approach isn't really what Canadians want.

Feb. 24, 2000 - from a speech to youth delegates at a conference on justice
McLuhan, Marshall  
Art is anything you can get away with.




Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity.

I wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't believed it.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
... youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's-license age than at voting age.

[Asked to explain Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's long 15 years in power] Trudeau has a French name, he thinks like an Englishman, and he looks like an Indian. We all feel very guilty about the Indians here in Canada.

quoted in Hooking Up, by Tom Wolfe
The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favour of his image, because the image will be so much more powerful than he could ever be.

quoted in Canadian by Conviction, by Brune and Bulgutch, Gage Publishing
McMurtry, Roy  
The fight to preserve freedom of the press is not a fight to preserve freedom for the publishers. It is a fight to preserve the freedom of us all. Freedom of the press fuels and keeps alive the flame of democracy.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
McRuer, James Chalmers  
The law gives a dog more rights than the person he bites.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Meighen, Rt. Hon. Arthur  
One great secret of successful debate: when you have a man under your hammer, never be tempted into doubtful ground and give him a chance to disgress. How often I witnessed men in the House who had a case, and who really had their opponents cornered, doddle off into other ground and give the enemy a chance to change the subject and come out not too badly worsted.

1943
One great secret of successful debate: when you have a man under your hammer, never be tempted into doubtful ground and give him a chance to disgress. How often I witnessed men in the House who had a case, and who really had their opponents cornered, doddle off into other ground and give the enemy a chance to change the subject and come out not too badly worsted.

Mercer, Ilana  
The CBC is an undisputed enemy of self-government. Its multimedia tendrils, nourished with taxpayer dollars, choke the national psyche and propogate the Nanny state.

Jun. 25, 2001 - from "The Aspers are not threatening free expression, the government is", published by Report Newsmagazine



Like that other dubious abstraction, "the public good," national unity has become a totalitarian term, inimical to freedom. The human condition is simply too genuinely diverse to be able to unite nationally. For some, national unity is destined to be a coerced state of being: As soon as the pathology of an overreaching federal government starts to fuel that regional fever of freedom, governments let this ideological cobra out of its sack so that it can mesmerize citizens into submission.

Mar. 26, 2001 - from "In Canada Only the Mediocre Survive", published on LewRockwell.com
Miljan, Lidia  
... even if one could overcome the problem of access to technology, there is no compelling evidence to show that people would be interested in or able to vote on public policy issues. Over time, there has been a consistent decline in voter turnout not only in Canada, but in the US as well. The problem becomes more acute at the local level. In some municipal elections, a turnout of 30 percent decides government. Why should we expect the public to become involved and interested in the multitude of policy issues that are put before provincial and federal government legislatures?

Dec. 2000 - from "Can Technology Lead to Parlimentary Reform?" published in Fraser Forum
It is appealing to think that some technological advances can overcome the many flaws that exist in representative democracy. What this hope ignores is that the problems with representative democracy are not entirely or even mostly technological, and therefore do not, for the most part, have technological solutions. Representative democracy provides for specialization in the governing process. The business of government is complex; we elect people who will spend the time to make issues and policies their full-time occupation. The internet does not change this. While the internet and new technologies can improve access to the political system, they do not make people any more informed, any more interested, or any more capable of making governance decisions.

Dec. 2000 - from "Can Technology Lead to Parlimentary Reform?" published in Fraser Forum
Milligan, Frank  
[Describing the mindset of Ottawa bureaucrats] Whether it works in practice is neither here nor there. Will it work in theory?

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Monahan, Patrick J.  
The debate over Meech Lake ... brought to the surface ... fundamentally contradictory ideas of the nature of the country. Having come into public view, they could no longer be ignored or forgotten. Canadians now seem resigned to the need to arrive at some generally accepted common understanding of the nature of their country -- or else to abandon once and for all the historic experiment commenced in 1987.

1991 - from Meech Lake: The Inside Story (1991, University of Toronto Press)
Moore, Charles W.  
Striking a balance is often a necessary thing in politics, and Tories are justly proud of their capacity to do it. According to traditional caricature, Tories strike a balance, Liberals strike an attitude, and Labour just strikes.

1994 - from a column in the London Spectator
Morgan, Gwyn  
We, in what I call "functional" Western countries, have this mindset that governments will act in the interests of their people. And I have found through experience that that's a bad assumption. In some cases, what you would think is an obvious decision doesn't happen at all. I guess that's why probably 80% of the countries in the world and their people never reach their potential.

Nov. 2005 - from an interview with Financial Post Business
Morton, Desmond  
Canadians, like their historians, have spent too much time remembering conflicts, crises, and failures. They forgot the great, quiet continuity of life in a vast and generous land. A cautious people learns from its past; a sensible people can face its future. Canadians, on the whole, are both.

Morton, Ted  
Canadians are just beginning to discover just how much of our public life is now dictated by unelected judges. But given the trust most of us still place in the courts and the charter, the educational process is too slow.

Jan. 19, 1998 - quoted in "The makings of a counter-revolution", an essay in Alberta Report
The Supreme Court is no longer a court, but an overtly political censor, an oracle ready to second-guess disputable political judgments whenever it sees the need.

Apr. 2000 - from The Charter Revolution and The Court Party (with Rainer Knopf)