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858 Canadian quotations of 6,095, showing Morton to Rae

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Morton, William L.  
Finally there is what I would call the end of philosophic individualism, or the extinction of the true liberal. The radical survives, and the socialist, but the liberal who was an individualist, a nationalist, and an internationalist -- who was also, be it acknowledged, at his best a humanitarian, and a man of generous instincts and magnanimous mind -- that kind of liberal is gone with the top hat and the frock coat. The world is the poorer for his going, and it behoves conservatives to remember that they are in fact his residuary legatees, and that the liberal spirit now finds almost its sole dwelling place in conservative minds.

1982 - quoted in Radical Tories, by Charles Taylor
The Canadian frontier is a northern frontier and is an extension overseas of the northern frontier and northern economy of the North Lands of Europe.

Canadian history ... is ... one history, not one French and one British, but the entire history of all Canada. There are not two histories, but one history, as there are not two Canadas, or any greater number, but one only. Nor are there two ways of life, (1) but one common response to land and history expressed in many strong variants of the one, it is true, but still one in central substance.

Jun. 11, 1960 - from an address to the Canadian Historical Association
Muldoon, Francis  
Canada proclaims itself to be a democratic country, but democracy itself is imperiled when judges arrogate the role of legislators.

1998 - from his decision in Re Ten
Mulroney, Martin Brian  
I know full well that if you let a lie go around the world, you spend the rest of your life chasing it.

Apr. 1996 - wisdom from the least honest Prime Minister in Canadian history, quoted in the Toronto Star
 [On the patronage appointment of one-time Liberal cabinet minister Bryce Mackasey by short-lived Liberal prime minister John Turner] There's no whore like an old whore. If I'd been in Bryce's place, I would have been the first with my nose in the trough, just like all the rest of them.

Jul. 15, 1984 - quoted by Michael Gratton in So, What Are The Boys Saying?, page 26
 [After a televised debate on women's issues] How did you like my courageous silence on abortion?

Aug. 15, 1984 - quoted by Michael Gratton in So, What Are The Boys Saying? page 54
 Okay, we’ve won. What do we do now?

quoted by Michael Gratton in So, What Are The Boys Saying?, page 55
[On the National Energy Program] The market approach works... Canada was not built by expropriating retroactively other people's property. This practice is odious and shall not be followed by the new government of Canada.

Dec. 10, 1984 - from a speech to the Economic Club of New York
... at a time when the world economy was becoming more interdependent and open, Canada turned inward and interventionist. In 1974 we started down this costly path with the Foreign Investment Review Agency, and in 1981, we continued this approach with the National Energy Program. Such a direction ignored the basic lesson of our history, namely that free and unfettered access to world markets has been a boon to strong and dynamic economic growth in our country. It was indicative of the misguided belief that regulation by politicians and bureaucrats was superior to the decisions of individuals and firms competing in the global marketplace.

Dec. 10, 1984 - from a speech to the Economic Club of New York



In 1967, when our country celebrated its one hundredth birthday, our national debt represented $4,000 for every Canadian family. Seventeen years later, the national debt represents $24.000 per family. And by 1990 -- only five years hence -- if we do not take action now, the national debt will be the equivalent of every Canadian family owing $54,000.

Dec. 10, 1984 - from a speech to the Economic Club of New York. [Despite his rhetoric Mulroney's then-new government did not take action. When disgusted voters nearly erased his party from Parliament in the 1993 election the national debt stood at over $68,000 per family. Ed.]
I would certainly support getting rid of all this stuff at the borders, which inhibits progress and the free movement of goods, services and people.

2000 - quoted in "The End of Canada?", by Peter C. Newman, published in Maclean's magazine, Jan. 8, 2001
Time is the ally of leaders who placed the defense of principle ahead of the pursuit of popularity. And history has little time for the marginal roles played by the carpers and complainers and less for their options. History tends to focus on the builders, the deciders, the leaders, because they are the men and women whose contributions have shaped the destiny of nations.

Jul. 15, 1997 - from a speech at the dedication of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Amphitheater
 I am not ideologically opposed to anything unless it doesn't work.

1992 - In an interview with CBC News anchor Peter Mansbridge
 [Defending free trade?] Throughout our history, trade has been critical to Canada's livelihood. Now, almost one third of what we produce is exported. Few countries in the world are so dependent on trade. This trend ultimately threatens the jobs of many Canadians and the living standards of the nation as a whole. We must confront this threat. We must reverse this trend.

1985
Any civilization which respects itself admits to its basic responsibility of providing for its members in need. But few civilizations have achieved greatness by treating all their members as needy.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
 Are we making proper use of taxpayers' money by giving a bank president, say, at $500,000 or $600,000 a year, a baby bonus?... I don't know the answer.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Munro, Alice  
Loss of respectability is important to middle-class people. Maybe they shouldn't be educated out of it. Some of the values they hold are working very well for them. There's a great deal of comfort in a rooted, permanent society where everybody knows what's expected of them.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Murphy, Emily  
The world loves a peaceful man, but gives way to a strenuous kicker.

quoted in Canadian by Conviction, Brune and Bulgutch, Gage Educational Publishing Company
Nankivell, Neville  
There has been an explosion of user fees at all levels of government since the mid-1990s, when federal departments led the way as part of Ottawa's deficit-reduction programs. ... However there's legitimate and growing concern over user fees that are in effect a form of disguised taxes, imposed without adequate public scrutiny and consultation. The Canadian public's general tax fatigue is also rightly producing resistance to user fees when there's no discernible improvement in the delivery and quality of the service paid for - and quite often the reverse.

Jul. 08, 1999 - from his column in the Toronto National Post



National Citizens Coalition  
From our 'dog bites man' department: Dr. Martin Loney, of Manotick, Ontario, is charging that the Ontario government's Office of Employment Equity is guilty of systemic discrimination. Through the Freedom of Information Act he found the office's work force did not reflect the province's population as a whole. Of the work force, 90.5 percent were women (versus 46.6 percent of the province's population), 52.9 percent were racial minorities (versus 13 percent), 5.6 percent were aboriginals (versus 2.1 percent) and 0.0 percent were able-bodied white males (versus 45.7 percent).

National Post, The  
Free university tuition is a bad idea. Experience shows that the demographics of higher education do not change significantly when tuition becomes free, and thus the additional subsidy is merely an inter-class wealth transfer that flows from poor to rich. Countries that once experimented with it, such as Australia and Britain, have reversed themselves of late and are now charging fees for higher education.

Mar. 28, 2001 - from its editorial "Sell the water, but don't soak the poor"
Statistics Canada announced this week that crime rates have fallen to their lowest level in 20 years. So why do so many Canadians feel like crime has never been worse? For one thing, the overall decline of crime masks a sharp increase in violent crime, and a staggering rise in youth crime. So, while less serious crimes have petered off, violent crime is actually up by 57% over the last 20 years. Violent crimes by youths have increased even more steeply. The number of minors charged with violent crimes is up 77% over the past ten years - a damning indictment of the Young Offenders Act if there ever was one. And violence by young girls has increased 127% since 1988, with the most dramatic growth coming from categories such as murder and hostage-taking. No wonder nearly a million Canadians have signed a petition demanding Anne McLellan, the Justice Minister, overhaul the Young Offenders Act.

Jul. 20, 2000 - from its editorial "Inside the crime stats"
It is now official: Canada is more productive than the United States. In fact it turns out that we have been outperforming our southern neighbours since 1961. Thus claims Statistics Canada, the official number cruncher of the federal government. If you find these results oddly surprising, you are not alone... If we were truly more productive than the Americans all this time, would we have an unemployment rate that is almost double the U.S. rate, an economic growth rate that pales in comparison, and a stock market that has returned only a fraction of what the U.S. has enjoyed? Common sense suggests not.

Mar. 25, 1999 - from its editorial
There is no body of reputable peer-reviewed research that provides anything like a justification for asking ... highly personal questions on gun licence application forms. The fact that the Minister of Justice is doing so nonetheless supports the view that the gun registry is not about safety - that its only real purpose is to allow the Liberal government to posture on the side of gun control. Intrusive, spurious personal questions should be removed from the gun licence application forms, and the answers already given by two million people should be purged from government databases.

Sep. 4, 2001 - from its editorial "Justice knows what you did last summer"
It is fashionable to suggest that today's governments should be held responsible for sins committed hundreds of years ago. ... But sorting out history's guilty and innocent is no easy task. Slavery has been practised for thousands of years by many peoples and races. Native Indians enslaved one another long before Europeans arrived. Before Africa was colonized, slavery on that continent was widespread and uncontroversial. In Sudan and Mauritania, Black Africans are still enslaved. In the past, blacks were bought by white traders, but they were sold by other Black Africans and Arabs. Should the apology and reparations come only from the buyers and not the sellers?

Jan. 31, 2001 - from its editorial "History's wrongs"
Some whites were slave owners in the 19th century and earlier, but others were abolitionists. In fact, the nations of the West are unique in human history in that they abolished slavery due to principled opposition from their free classes.

Jan. 31, 2001 - from its editorial "History's wrongs"
That many African countries are in disarray is beyond doubt. But colonialism is only a small and decreasingly important reason for this. As the United Nations itself concluded in a major 2000 report, Overcoming Human Poverty, most of Africa's current problems are due primarily to tribalism, poor government and corruption.

Jan. 31, 2001 - from its editorial "History's wrongs"
An apology and reparations [from governments] for slavery and colonialism would be wrong in principle. Even worse, perhaps, is that it would do no good at all. It would stoke rather than extinguish the flames of trumped-up grievance.

Jan. 31, 2001 - from its editorial "History's wrongs"
You do not have to be a poisoner of the environment and oppressor of the poor to recognize the [anti-free-trade] protesters' arguments about coupling free trade to environmental protection and labour standards as comically flimsy. Democracy requires that Argentina's environmental standards be decided in Argentina, not [at free trade summit meetings], just as Guatemalans themselves should be free to decide what level of pay they will accept for working in a foreign-owned factory. Capitalist acts between consenting adults should not be subject to interference from busybodies in countries thousands of miles away.

Apr. 18, 2001 - from its editorial "Quebec gathering..."



Canada's public health system is rushing headlong into a wall of rising costs and unlimited expectations, and conditions are such that provinces have no choice but to innovate in ways that push against Ottawa's interpretation of the notoriously-vague Canada Health Act. If Canadians are to be made to endure an Ottawa-imposed government health monopoly, the least they should expect is maximum flexibility in the way officials run that monopoly. Decisions should be made as often as possible by the officials closest to the patients.

Jun. 20, 2001 - from its editorial "Cross-border health..."
Insanity has been described as the state of mind that inspires a person to repeat the same action with the expectation of a different result. The collective mental health of the federal Liberal government will be on display this fall when it unveils its new and much-anticipated innovation strategy. In the past, the federal Liberals have repeatedly thrown money rather than fresh ideas at this file with little to show for it. What Canada needs is tax reform tailored to the underlying problems dragging down Canadian productivity. But what we will likely get is the standard men of wasteful mega-projects.

Sep. 3, 2001 - from its editorial "Counter-productive"
According to data collected by the Canadian Manufactureres and Exporters association, productivity gains in U.S. industry have exceeded those in Canada by 25% in the last five years. A big part of the U.S. advantage can be traced to after-tax profit margins, which were 30% higher. Thanks to this extra money, U.S. business investment in new technologies and equipment was, in relation to national GDP, 33% higher in the United States than in Canada. If the current trends are projected forward to 2010, Candians could face a living standard that is only half that of our southern neighbour.

Sep. 3, 2001 - from its editorial "Counter-productive"
... the Firearms Act specifically allows ... an aboriginal to own guns, even if he has a criminal record, or a history of violence [either of which would prevent non-aboriginals from owning weapons] ... The aboriginal loophole [in the Act] is not an accident. The Justice department positively encourages its use. The federal gun registry even has a special aboriginal Web site, which encourages aboriginals to use such exemptions ... Even aboriginal children are given special gun rights ... And there is no need to worry about the pesky Canadian Firearms Safety Course, as other gun owners do.

Jan. 8, 2001 - from its editorial "Guns and loopholes"
... the tobacco 'settlement' was a merger between Big Government and Big Tobacco, not an exercise in public health. In return for prosecutorial immunity, the tobacco companies have essentially agreed to collect an extra few dimes in taxes on each pack of cigarettes. The gargantuan dollar amount simply reflects the nominal value of years of tax hikes. Of course, politicians declared the settlement to be a victory against tobacco companies. That's a lot easier to sell to the public than just another tax grab.

Aug 28, 1999 - from its editorial
The speed with which the phrase 'family values' became a term of sarcastic derision among politicians and policy-makers tells us more about politicians than about families. Far from vanishing quietly into the sunset of inevitable social change, the traditional family is in fact fighting hard to stay intact in the face of official hostility.

Feb. 26, 1999 - from its editorial
The failures [of our social welfare system to prevent poverty] are the result not of powerful social trends before which government is helpless - the self-serving explanation of too many public servants - but of a 'progressive' Canadian income tax and welfare system that treats families with children badly and encourages dependency.

Feb. 26, 1999 - from its editorial
... A pro-family policy might even be popular. Almost everyone has a family - even members of non-traditional ones.

Feb. 26, 1999 - from its editorial
The Supreme Court of Canada's unanimous ruling in R. v. Ewanchuk is a classic example of ... ideologically twisted logic. While supplanting the criminal law's historic insistence on individual responsibility with a feminist indictment of an entire sex, the Court refused to admit that it was departing in any way from established legal principle.

Mar. 01, 1999 - from its editorial
Union officials claim their concern [about volunteers in schools] is over the quality of work performed by volunteers. The [Canadian Union of Public Employees] president frets, for instance, that that a parent working in a school library might not reshelve the books poperly, as if the Dewey decimal system is an obscure secret known only to CUPE members. ... Countless studies prove that the presence of parental volunteers in schools is a positive addition to the learning experience. Parents are not clamouring to repair school boilers or re-tar the roofs. Rather, they are seeking greater involvement in their children's education. This should be their right, and perhaps their duty as well.

May 10, 2000 - from its editorial "Parents, not scabs"



[Dalhousie University accepts an anonymous grant with the condition that an unqualified left-wing Sierra Club activist activist be hired as professor] Some professors still believe in teaching about arts and sciences the way they are - not the way politicians want them to be. Some universities still place an emphasis on objective truth, not the spin of an anonymous foreign donor. Dalhousie University used to be such a place.

Jul. 28, 1999 - from its editorial
Moral scapegoating has become disturbingly familiar within the legal system. It is now legally acceptable to sue tobacco firms for the health choices of private citizens, or to fault a tavern owner for his patron's drunkenness. The technical term for such laws is injustice. Public health advocates should not turn tort law into a random regime of accident compensation...

Mar. 09, 1999 - from its editorial
... the World Health Organization [is] essentially a United Nations of hospital bureaucrats ... [it has] unanimously directed the world's governments to put anti-smoking ads on cigarette packages ... The first and most obvious question is who will listen to the WHO? ... Many of the world's foreign ministers will likely be surprised to learn that their countries' advertising laws have been rewritten by delegates in a Swiss hotel. ... The trifle of free speech might not have stopped the WHO, but it might trip up the proposed advertising laws in a hundred domestic courts around the world.

Dec. 18, 2000 - from its editorial "WHO's in charge here?"
Increasingly absurd attempts to make cigarette packaging unattractive are a smokescreen for the fact that no government really wants to ban tobacco -- taxing it is too lucrative. Tax is the true addiction. In the United States, the famous 12-figure tobacco industry "fine" is simply an amortized tax hike.

Dec. 18, 2000 - from its editorial "WHO's in charge here?"
Needham, Richard J.  
People who don't have faith in human nature are forever cleaning up the mess made by people who do.

from The Wit and Wisdom of Richard Needham
In a dictatorship, the people are afraid to tell the truth to the leaders; in a democracy, the leaders are afraid to tell the truth to the people.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
In the unplanned economy, it's dog eat dog; in the planned one, both of them starve to death.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Higher education - ah yes, that is what teaches you to cinch the argument by calling your opponent a fascist.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
The ghastly thing about postal strikes is that after they are over, the service returns to normal.

1977
A liberal is a man who's more shocked by alleged brutality on the part of police than by real brutality on the part of criminals.

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



We are creating the kind of society where the criminal is out of jail before his victim is out of hospital.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Newark, Scott  
[Judicial activism and judge-made law] What we have now in Canada is a supposedly enlightened despotism--rule by people who think they know so much better than everybody else. Well, no thanks. I'm in favour of anything that brings [judges] back under the rule of law--public reviews of candidates, public petitions to force performance reviews of sitting judges, and Section 33 [the "notwithstanding clause"]--every time they do something crazy

Jan. 19, 1998 - quoted in "The makings of a counter-revolution", an essay in Alberta Report
Anything effective in law enforcement will inevitably be forbidden under the Charter [the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms]. As we always say, the charter helps only murderers, pedophiles and judges. This year the Supreme Court decreed, on the authority of the Charter, that the provinces must give their judges pay raises.

Jan. 19, 1998 - quoted in "The makings of a counter-revolution", an essay in Alberta Report
Newman, Peter C.  
Exploring and taming Canada's resources has been a heroic epic and it is only the poor quality of our history [teaching] that has failed to bring the truth home.

Jul. 6, 1992 - from Maclean's Magazine, quoted in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo
There is in Alberta today a ferocious craving to be heard. The province's discontents keep multiplying without ever being debated, much less resolved. Central Canada's political elite has yet to accept the notion that westerners are anything more than bubbas in the boondocks, whose lives are consumed in envy of the lucky few plugged into action central in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. ... What [Albertans] will demand with increasing ferocity is greater control over their own destiny.

Feb. 12, 2001 - from "Demanding to be heard", published in Maclean's magazine
Politics in Canada has always been the art of making the necessary possible.

quoted in Canadian by Conviction, by Brune and Bulgutch, Gage Publishers
The function of democratic leadership ... is to respect the past, grasp the present, and enlarge the future.

quoted in Canadian by Conviction, by Brune and Bulgutch, Gage Publishing
Because of the unusually low voter turn out [in the 2000 federal election] a mere 26% of Canadians elected a cast-iron Liberal majority. ... The election's unintended result is that we have invented a new and potentially lethal political phenomenon: an elected dictatorship.

Dec. 30, 2000 - from "2000: The year the music died", National Post
History's jury is always out.

Dec. 30, 2000 - from "2000: The year the music died", National Post
If America's conquest of Canada is based on America's strength, Canada's surrender is based on Canada's weakness.

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



The conquest of any nation takes place not on battlefields, not in business boardrooms, but within the soul of its people and the minds of their leaders.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Power tends to connect; absolute power connects absolutely.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Conservatives usually prefer twin beds, which may contribute to the fact that Canada has more Liberals.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
When [Canadian Liberal cabinet minister] Jane Stewart finally admits she's lying, nobody will believe her.

Mar. 15, 2000 - from a column in the National Post, commenting on her handling of a massive government grant boondoggle in her ministry
... an iron law of Canadian politics: Any sea change in the federal political landscape is always telegraphed by switches in provincial governments. This holds true because the essential organizational help that provincial parties in power can grant their federal allies is suddenly cut off.

Mar. 15, 2000 - from a column in the National Post
[Former Canadian prime minister Brian] Mulroney's operational code was simple: to advance his personal cause as forcefully as possible; to exercise power at the summit of Canadian politics for as long and effectively as he could. Ideas had nothing to do with it. ... Mulroney's were the politics of utility, which covered the barren land between pragmatism and opportunity.

1995 - from The Canadian Revolution
Most of Canada's mainstream politicians suffer from a contagious disease: Their motivating philosophy is lightly held. They are ideological acrobats, able to square almost any political circle, allowing pragmatism (a fancy word for "where the votes are") to decide where they stand.

Nov. 29, 2000 - from a column in the National Post
O'Leary, Grattan  
The Conservative is not the guardian of a cemetery but the custodian of an orchard, wisely pruning the dead branches but always nourishing the roots without which the trees cannot live.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Conservatism today, national humanistic conservative thought, has nothing to do with hard, implacable, unyielding dogmatism; it is beholden to neither big business, super patriots, nor to technological materialism; but is actually a form of dissent, skeptical of liberalism with one foot planted firmly in the clouds and asking itself what are the tolerable limits of the state's activity.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Osler, Sir William  
When schemes are laid in advance, it is surprising how often the circumstances fit in with them.




The great the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Ostrey, Bernard  
There is a danger that more money will be spent on the cultural bureaucracies and cultural middlemen than on the culture itself or on the sharing and connecting of the cultures.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Pal, Leslie A.  
... given contemporary governance challenges, command and control mechanisms of governance are no longer adequate, if they ever were.

1999 - from How Ottawa Spends
Small, lean, decentralized, partnered, and prudent seem here to stay. But in the absence of a consistent public philosophy to make sense of the appropriate balance of market and society, of compassion and competition, it is likely that policy will be driven less by ideology than by principled pragmatism. This is neither dramatic nor inspiring, but may be a typically bland Canadian compromise.

1999 - from How Ottawa Spends
... our political institutions are not particularly adept at channelling and facilitating broadly-based, consensual change. Change occurs, but it is masked and managed, and ultimately masquerades as continuity.

1999 - from How Ottawa Spends
Palda, Filip  
[A] dilemma ... forces interest groups to despoil the open commons of the treasury to everyone’s detriment. Farmers in Saskatchewan who do not demand subsidized crop insurance leave Ottawa’s resources available to East Coast businesses demanding subsidized loans for regional development projects. In the end, both groups pay for their subsidies through higher taxes and both would be better off if they could sign a peace treaty that ended handouts and let each focus on doing business.

Dec. 2000 - from "Bad Canadians? No, Bad System", published in the Fraser Forum
Paquet, Gilles  
It is centralization and not decentralization that is the source of balkanization in Canada.

Feb. 1999 - from "Tectonic Changes in Canadian Governance", published in How Ottawa Spends: 1999-2000, edited by Leslie Pal
Patrick, John  
Life requires us to answer the age-old key questions, or else to spend immense psychological energy in denying their cogency and paying the price for such denial in the neuroses characteristic of our society.

Jun. 1996 - from "The Myth of Moral Neutrality", originally published in the Medical Sentinel
Real education is rooted in the telling and retelling of culturally formative stories which give meaning to ideas of honour, courage, justice, truth, and love. An education without these foundations is an education that is not worthy of the name.

Jun. 1996 - from "The Myth of Moral Neutrality", originally published in the Medical Sentinel
We must all examine our intolerances and decide whether they are bigoted or selfishly libertarian, and therefore to be decried and removed, or legitimate, and therefore to be defended. Judgment is hard, but it must be attempted if we are not to be left with a crude and debased culture. For tolerance to be properly exercised, it must be held in tension with all the other virtues.

Jun. 1996 - from "The Myth of Moral Neutrality", originally published in the Medical Sentinel



Pearson, Lester B.  
What we need is a soldierly pride in Canada, that confident, passionate pride in Canada that men had who wore the uniform and put the maple leaf badge on it. What we also need is the patriotism that will put Canada ahead of its parts. We are all or should be Canadians -- and unhyphenated; with pride in our nation and its citizenship, pride in the symbols of that citizenship.

1964 - from the debate about changing the Canadian flag, quoted in Canada: Our Century by Kingwell and Moore
I had as comrades in my [World War I army] section men whose names were: Cameron, Kimora, English, Gleidenstein, de Chapin, O'Shaughnessy. We didn't fall in or fall out as Irish Canadians, French Canadians, Dutch Canadians, Japanese Canadians. We wore the same uniform, with the same maple leaf badge, and we were proud to be known as Canadians, to serve as Canadians and to die, if it had to be, as Canadians.

1964 - from the debate about changing the Canadian flag, quoted in Canada: Our Century by Kingwell and Moore
Diplomacy is letting someone else have your way.

Foreign policy is merely domestic policy with its hat on.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Peter, Laurence J.  
Democracy is a process by which people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.

1979 - from Peter's Quotations
Education helps one acquire a higher grade of prejudices.

I have to spend so much time explaining to Americans that I am not English and to Englishmen that I am not American that I have little time left to be Canadian. On second thought, I am a true cosmopolitan-unhappy anywhere.

In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.

1969 - from The Peter Principle
Many of the observations leading to the discovery of the Peter Principle were made while working for the public school systems.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Ignorance once dispelled is difficult to reestablish.




Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.

Phillpotts, Eden  
Faith is a permanent and vital endowment of the human mind -- a part of reason itself. The insane alone are without it.

1933 - from A Shadow Passes
The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

1933 - from A Shadow Passes
Pigott, Jean  
[Advice to an MP] Keep your eye on the leader and your back to the wall.

1975 - quoted in Trade Secrets by Pat Carney
Rae, Bob  
The issue of the twentieth century isn't between capitalism and socialism. The question is what kind of capitalism do we want to have.

1998 - from The Three Questions
I have had to learn, the hard way, that governing is not a popularity contest.

Apr. 28, 1995 - from his speech announcing the 1995 Ontario provincial election
 Public investment is crucial for the living standards, the salaries and incomes, the quality of life of each and every citizen in the province. We cannot afford to lose these things in a panic. My opponents think we can slash the Ontario economy to prosperity. They are wrong.

Apr. 28, 1995 - from a speech announcing the 1995 Ontario provincial election, which elected government-slashing conservatives who restored prosperity to the province
Left unchallenged, Ottawa will continue to chart a course for Ontario that sees us paying more, getting less and benefiting least in Confederation.

Apr. 28, 1995 - from his speech announcing the 1995 Ontario provincial election
When one’s left wing is not working, one tends to fly around in circles a great deal.