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

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Rae, Bob  
Self-interest has a purpose and place at the heart of civil society. Appeals to self-sacrifice, compassion and even generosity are rarely a successful substitute for appeals to self-interest.

1998 - from The Three Questions
When I think of the way we run our economy and our governments, I'm reminded of those startling photographs that sometimes emerge from a Canadian spring - interlocking skeletons of two stags who have locked horns, gotten stuck, and died when unable to eat and survive the winter. I sometimes wonder how different we really are from those Canadian deer.

Oct. 10, 1982 - from a speech, quoted in the Toronto Star and in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo
Rebick, Judy  
After years of provincial attempts to grab more and more power, who would have thought that a fistful of money was all that it would take to preserve the federal role in social programs? ... With the social union, the Liberal government has managed to buy off the right-wing governments of Ralph Klein and Mike Harris with health care dollars; bring the NDP governments back to their values; and silence the decentralist Reform Party, which wants the co-operation of Klein and Harris to move forward on its United Alternative strategy.

Mar. 01, 1999 - from her essay in Elm Street magazine, page 112
Reid, John  
[Federal government observance of the law in the Access to Information Act] No minister of justice has shown leadership in transforming the culture of secrecy which pervades the public service. No minister of justice has issued a reminder to officials that the response times are mandatory and that consistent failure to comply constitutes lawbreaking which will not be tolerated. Rather, [the Ministry of] Justice has fought efforts by the [freedom of information] commissioner to enforce response times and [the Ministry of] Justice has argued before the courts that there should be no legal consequences for government institutions when response deadlines are ignored.

Jul. 21, 1999 - from his annual report to Parliament
[Recommending improvements to, and compliance by the government with, the federal Access to Information Act] It is past due for parliamentarians and Canadians to insist that a strong right to know be part of our collective survival kit for the new millennium.

Jul. 21, 1999 - from his annual report to Parliament
When the [Federal Information] Commissioner's subpoenas, searches and questions come too insistently or too close to the top, the mandarins circle the wagons. The future careers in the public service of the commissioner's staff have, in not so subtle terms, been threatened. ... There is a full-scale counter-attack in progress against the office of the information commissioner. ... [There is] palpable animosity towards the right of access.

Oct. 16, 2000 - from his annual report to Parliament
Reid, Scott  
Canada's lack of a strong republican movement seems to be the result of an abandonment, since the 1960s, of a once-dominant interpretation of our own history nearly identical to the mythology that prevails today in Australia. For the past thirty years, however, Canadian intellectuals have tended to define the country either in terms of the ways in which it is different and hopefully superior to the United States, or else in terms of a gradual coming-together of the French and English-speaking peoples on terms of increasing equality. In either of these two new Canadian mythologies, ties with Britain are simply irrelevant to key nationalist ideologies or to national symbolism.

Feb. 27, 1998 - from his paper "Is the Peaceable Kingdom Asleep? Why there is no republican movement in Canada", presented to the Centre for Canadian Studies, Sydney, Australia
... the real reason why the Liberals have started periodically raising the issue [of the monarchy in Canada] is partisan: to drive each of Canada's other political parties into either the monarchist or the republican camps, and in order to allow the Liberals to represent both monarchist and republican sentiments under a single roof. In politics, the party with the biggest tent usually wins, and nobody knows this better than the Liberals.

Feb. 26, 1999 - column in The National Post
If public sentiments on either side of the [monarchy] issue can be stirred to the level that they have attained in Australia, and the Bloc Quebecois and the Reform Party can be driven into opposite corners on the issue, then the nominally monarchist [Liberal leader] Jean Chretien will be left in command of the middle ground. Then the government's real millennium project - the re-election of the Liberal party to a third term in office - will be one step closer to fulfillment.

Feb. 26, 1999 - column in The National Post
Richler, Mordecai  
Canadians represent, as it were, the least militant North American minority group. The white, Protestant, heterosexual ghetto of the north.




There is a current chaos in the world, and we no longer know what is right or wrong.

1955 - from The Acrobats, quoted in The Writers of Montreal by Elaine Kalman Naves
I should point out that my quarrel is not only with Francophone separatists, but also with the concept, obnoxious to me, of Canada's two founding races. And the notion that they are some how entitled to more privileges than the rest of us. Our Native peoples aside, we're all immigrants here. Whether they were fleeing penury in Normandy, the Highland clearances, the Irish potato famine, pogroms in Russia, Communist tyranny in Hungary or Poland or the lack of opportunity in China, the Ukraine or India, our ancestors came here in search of a better life, a fresh start. And together we have forged a fundamentally decent society. Yet Thomas Jefferson notwithstanding, 'All men,' and I'd better be careful here, 'or women, are not created equal.' Far from it. We are born unequal in intelligence, talent, beauty and economic privileges. So we should enjoy, in so far as it is possible, equal rights. That is to say whether our ancestors came here three hundred years ago or last week, once we are Canadian citizens there should be no self-serving nonsense about founding races.

Mar. 23, 1999 - from a lecture delivered at the University of Waterloo
Had Babe Ruth ... been born a Canadian rather than an American, he would not be celebrated as the Sultan of Swat, the man who hit 714 home runs. Instead he would be deprecated as that notorious flunk who struck out 1330 times.

Mar. 23, 1999 - from a lecture delivered at the University of Waterloo
I am not anti-Canadian or a Jew-baiter. I do, however, deplore many things Jewish and Canadian. Special pleading, whether by kibbutzniks in Galilee, or proliferating Canada culture boosters, never fails to move me to mockery.

1972 - quoted in "St. Urbain was the compass" by Robert Fulford, published in the National Post, July 4, 2001
Robert, Bernier  
[About Quebec Liberal leader Jean Charest] He was raising questions, but he was unable to answer those questions.

Nov. 30, 1998 - quoted in a report on the Quebec election in The National Post
Roblin, Duff  
The job of a cabinet minister is to tell the civil service what the public won't stand for.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Robson, John  
... political direction of culture cannot be the solution when it is already the central problem.

Jun. 2000 - from "Why the African Renaissance is Failing", published in The Fraser Forum
With government, it's always fine at the time, and if you ask later, well, it was totally messed up then but the errors have been fixed and it's fine now.

Dec. 07, 1998 - from his column in the Ottawa Citizen
We [don't] like having a health-care system driven by economic incentives, so we [have] replaced it with one driven by political incentives.

Dec. 03, 1998 - from his column in the Ottawa Citizen
Everyone knows politics is a dirty, venal, hypocritical business fixated on the short run. Yet Canadians have an extraordinary habit of insisting that anything important be subject to its imperatives, rather than to the allegedly short-sighted, cynical and callous dictates of the market.

Dec. 03, 1998 - from his column in the Ottawa Citizen



[Campaign finance restrictions] A ... serious myth is that whoever spends more wins. It's obviously not true: Proponents of the Charlottetown Accord outspent its adversaries by a factor of 10 to one, and lost anyway.

Apr. 4, 2000 - from "Do not interrupt the politicians", published in the Ottawa Citizen
[Campaign finance restrictions] ... as George Will notes, the $700 million spent on the 1994 Congressional elections is about half what Americans spent on yogurt in that year. Is that so much?

Apr. 4, 2000 - from "Do not interrupt the politicians", published in the Ottawa Citizen
... most of those who bring faith into politics take the politics very seriously but not the faith. The media are generally comfortable with that.

May 19, 2000 - from "We need to get God back into our politics", published in the Ottawa Citizen
... a drastic gun control law in Britain in 1988 had the effect of reducing legal firearm ownership by 22.4 per cent in just five years. A crime-controller’s dream, right? Wrong. Violent crime went up 33.6 per cent in those years, robbery 80.6 per cent and, the punch line, robbery with a gun went up 117 per cent. By 1993, a resident of Britain was more likely to be a victim of violent crime than a resident of the United States, and the average Briton now has a 60-per-cent chance of being the victim of a burglary during their lifetime.

Dec. 8, 1999 - from "McLellan fires blanks in the gun-control debate", published in the Ottawa Citizen
After Florida passed a law in 1987 allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns, its murder rate fell 20 per cent while the national rate rose 14 per cent (Florida went from 36 per cent above the average to four per cent below), and handgun-related homicides fell 29 per cent.

Dec. 8, 1999 - from "McLellan fires blanks in the gun-control debate", published in the Ottawa Citizen
Rodriguez, Sue  
I want to ask you gentlemen, if I cannot give consent to my own death, then whose body is this? Who owns my life?

Dec. 05, 1992 - from a video submission to a Parliamentary subcommittee, quoted in the Toronto Globe and Mail
Rogers, Harry  
In all the governments I have dealt with, and I've worked for five prime ministers, the activities or the manner in which the Prime Minister's Office represents itself is uniformly the same. It is -- never say no. ... You can say 'maybe', you can say 'tomorrow', you can say 'not as much', 'over a longer period of time', 'let's review it further', but you simply don't declare yourself as saying that ... the prime minister has said no.

May. 21, 1996 - from his testimony at the Westray Mine Disaster Public Inquiry Commission
Rohmer, Richard  
With this run-away growth of the federal bureaucracy (which really now could be called the "civil self-service" because it grows by feeding upon itself), our society is both witness and victim of an escalating invasion of government into every facet of our lives.

Mar. 14, 1974 - from a speech to the Empire Club of Canada, quoted in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo
Roman, Stephen  
The freedom of the individual is tied thoroughly and completely with the sanctity of private property.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
In summary, we might say that a free-enterprise system that is truly free is possible only in a democratic society, and that a democratic society is possible only under conditions of free enterprise.

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



Rotstein, Abraham  
It's high time Canadians began to interfere in their own internal affairs.

Every dogma has its day.

Russell, Peter H.  
Most Canadians have come to believe that their constitution belongs to the people, and that it should define the people and express their will on how they wish to share a political community.

1992 - from Constitutional Odyssey, Toronto: University of Toronto Press
Sandwell, B.K.  
The exercise of governmental authority is one of the most expensive privileges that any community can enjoy. The more you ask the government to do, the more the government will have to collect out of your pockets for doing it; and if what you want it to do is something you that can do yourselves you will find that the government will charge you ten times what it would cost you to do it yourselves.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Saul, John Ralston  
Ethics: A matter of daily practical concern described glowingly in universal terms by those who intend to ignore them.

1995 - from The Doubters Companion
The abolition of hell has created major problems in the maintaining of a general ethical standard.

1995 - from The Doubter's Companion
Savage, John  
To try and understand the formula of equalization, the [federal finance minister] spent a lot of time on this and after three years he confessed to me that he still didn't understand the equalization formula and I would defy anybody over there to do the same.

Nov. 27, 1996 - from Hansard, in answer to an opposition question in the legislature
Savoie, Donald  
...one may well assume that parliament plays a crucial role in the expenditure budget process. Constitutional niceties aside, however, it does not.

Scott, F.R.  
Too much centralization invites tyranny, too little creates anarchy. Both tyranny and anarchy are a threat to the cultural survival of both the British and French traditions in Canada.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Seeley, John  
Organized crime is the price society pays for continuing to keep on the books laws which people ignore.

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



Selick, Karen  
... socialized medicine takes our choices away—both as to how much we wish to spend, and how much we wish to receive.

Feb. 1999 - from "Socialized Medicine - One Size Fits None", published in Canadian Lawyer magazine
Human beings are unique among living creatures in that they depend for their survival not upon brute force and instinct, but upon intelligence and reason. For each individual to survive and prosper, he requires the freedom to exercise his judgment and act upon it, unencumbered by coercion from others. To the extent that a country’s laws provide this freedom and protection, they are good laws. To the extent that they deny them, they are bad. However, the conditions necessary for human flourishing apply universally. This is why, if the laws are good, they should apply equally to all. If they are bad, they should be changed for everyone, not just for some.

Jun. 1999 - from "Equality Is Not the Goal"
Service, Robert William  
A promise made is a debt unpaid.

from The Cremation of Sam McGee
Sharp, Mitchell  
The extremes do not attract votes.

Jun. 26, 2001 - quoted in "PM's mentor laments Grit monopoly", published in the National Post
Shkilnyk, Anastasia  
A slave is... a man who waits for someone else to come and free him.

1985 - from A Poison Stronger Than Love, quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Shumiatcher, Morris C.  
A country in which everyone demands his rights is like a house in which everyone is shouting for his supper with no one in the kitchen to cook it.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
What needs restating is not the right to an education, but the duty of every child to learn.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
A 'right' is a coin with only one side. Unless it has another side on which the word 'duty' appears, the coin is as worthless as a Czarist ruble.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Legislation cannot alter the human body by a single centimetre - except to destroy it. It cannot improve the human brain - except to inhibit it. It cannot affect human compassion - except to institutionalize it.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Scarcity has always been the hallmark of the state-controlled economy, scarcity of everything, that is, except compulsion.

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



Sifton, Clifford  
The main business of Canada in foreign relations is to remain friendly with the United States while preserving its own self-respect.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Silverthorne, O.J.  
Canada is the most over-censored country in the world and ridiculous in the eyes of cultured nations.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Simpson, Jeffrey  
... the most sophisticated research and advertising cannot guarantee success for faulty or unwanted products, such as the Edsel or Joe Clark...

1980 - from Discipline of Power, Personal Library, Toronto
Canadian parliamentary democracy, as it has evolved, places more power in the hands of the prime minister than does any other democracy, far more than the U.S. president wields, but more, too, than political leaders exercise in other parliamentary regimes.

2001 - from The Friendly Dictatorship
Democracy requires people to care about its institutions and to participate as citizens in them. A sullen and disengaged citizenry is no friend of democracy, because at the very least these attitudes allow governments to grow insensitive and arrogant, and to fail to steer the country in directions that maximize the well-being and solidarity of tis citizens.

2001 - from The Friendly Dictatorship
Simpson, Kari  
In B.C., foster parents are prohibited from entering the room of foster child who is over 12 years old, because the foster child has the right to privacy which of course is a right taken directly from the [United Nations Council on the Rights of Children] convention.

Aug. 9, 1999 - quoted in "One Child, One Vote", by Paul Wodehouse, Alberta Report
Sinclair, Gordon  
... this Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least-appreciated people in all the earth... Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy, were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of those countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States... When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up... When distant cities are hit by earthquakes, it is the United States that hurries into help...The Marshall Plan, the Truman Policy - all pumped billions upon billions of dollars into discouraged countries... You talk about American technocracy and you find men on the moon, not once, but several times - and safely home again... Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble?... I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them kicked around. They will come out of this thing [withdrawal from the Vietnam war] with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles... I hope Canada is not one of these. But there are many smug, self-righteous Canadians.

Jun. 5, 1973 - from "The Americans", his Let's Be Personal commentary on Toronto's CFRB 1010 radio station
Skelton, Robin  
Canadians are passionate provincials devoted to local mythologies

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Smith, Floyd  
I have nothing to say. And I'll only say it once.

speaking to reporters after his team lost a game
Smith, Sydney  
There is only one principle of public conduct. Do what you think right, and take place and power as an accident. Upon every other plan, office is shabbiness, labour and sorrow.




A bigot delights in public ridicule, for he begins to think he is a martyr.

Change within a university encounters all the difficulties of moving a cemetery; universities do not act precipitously.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Solberg, Monte  
History is replete with examples of how freedom sucking big government is characterized by economic decay, nasty nationalism and government repression of anyone who is different. If history is the standard, then the victory is absolute. Statism has been vanquished. It is small, limited government and personal freedom that encourages the tolerance and compassion that Canadians say they value.

Jan. 18, 1999 - essay, "The Psychology of Big Government"
Solomon, Lawrence  
One factor, and one factor alone -- changes in housing policy -- accounts for the immense rise in homelessness: governments outlawed much of what was then the bottom of the housing markets while legalizing vagrancy.

Dec. 01, 1998 - The Next City magazine
Where previously most cross-border funds flowed between governments, or between government and multilateral government agencies such as the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund, in the 1990s most flows are business to business. Where governments once directed or facilitated global trade by subsidizing favored industries, today governments operate on the fringes of the global economy, primarily making their presence felt in outdated sectors unworthy of legitimate trade, such as nuclear plants and hydroelectric megadams, and in Third World countries, where strongmen with outstretched palms still direct business. Corporations still accept government inducements, but the inducements rarely sway fundamental decisions by multinationals as to where to invest; industry now bases its decisions on the real economy: It wants to locate where it can best serve its customers and where it can best be served by suppliers.

Jul. 1999 - from "The end of the nation-state", published in The Next City Magazine
Who needs national governments? Not business, and not consumers, who are also learning how to bypass the government middleman. Operating on their own, consumers now buy plane tickets from non-national carriers and make long-distance telephone calls without the protection of federal regulators. In the United Kingdom, consumers need no longer fly from government-owned airports, no longer drink government-delivered water, no longer run their toasters with government-generated electricity. Not only did costs drop and service levels soar in all cases, but environmental standards rose.

Jul. 1999 - from "The end of the nation-state", published in The Next City Magazine
Stackhouse, John  
Scarce public resources are being abused by crack dealers, chronic alcoholics, professional drifters and criminals. More government money will not solve the "homeless" problem if it does not get to the deeper roots of substance abuse and the high cost of urban housing.

Dec. 21, 1999 - from a series of columns published by the Globe and Mail
Stafford, Ezra H.  
Some day the main aim in education will be to teach men and women to think and to live. That day has not yet come.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Statistics Canada  
49% of all statistics . . . are wrong.

1985
 Is this person (mark or specify more than one, if applicable): White; Chinese; South Asian (e.g., East Indian, Pakistani, Punjabi, Sri Lankan); Black (e.g., African, Haitan, Jamaican, Somali); Arab/West Asian (e.g., Armenian, Egyptian, Iranian, Lebanese, Moroccan); Filipino; South East Asian (e.g., Cambodian, Indonesian, Laotian, Vietnamese); Latin-American; Japanese; Korean; Other (specify). Note: This information is collected to support programs which promote equal opportunity for everyone to share in the social, cultural and economic life of Canada.

1996 - from the 1996 Census Form, quoted in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo



Statutes of Nova Scotia  
It shall be the duty of every (school) teacher... (5) To inculcate by precept and example a respect for religion and the principles of Christian morality, and the highest regard to truth, justice, love of country, loyalty, humanity, benevolence, sobriety, industry, frugality, chastity, temperance, and all other virtues... (8) To reimburse the trustees for any destruction of school property by the pupils which is clearly chargeable to gross neglect or failure to enforce proper discipline on the part of the teacher...

1884 - from Chapter 29, Section 74, The Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia
Stock, Brian  
The greatest threat to Canadian survival is not the lack of a national identity but the ignorance of Canadian history and the institutions in the United States.

Stowe, Harriet Beecher  
Think of your freedom every time you see Uncle Tom's Cabin; and let it be a memorial to put you all in mind to follow in his steps, and be as honest and faithful and Christian as he was.

Suzuki, David  
Education has failed in a very serious way to convey the most important lesson science can teach: skepticism.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
There is no direct connection between convenience and happiness.

The Charter  
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.

1982 - from Section 7. The Canadian Bill of Rights (1960) included rights to "enjoyment of property" and "due process of law" in its recognition of basic rights... the Charter does not.
Thompson, Robert  
The Americans are our best friends - whether we like it or not.

Thorsell, William  
The incidence of wife abuse may differ significantly among Canadians of various ethnic backgrounds, but unless it be aboriginals, the media shy away from reporting it. Drug trafficking and racketeering may be dominated by Canadians (or refugee claimants) with ties to particular countries, but the media rarely note these peculiarities. A rising incidence of armed robbery with violence may be traced in significant part to a particular immigrant community, but the media will almost never investigate the possibility ... We practice a double standard in this kind of reporting, and so doing, we practice bad journalism.

... governments ban the keeping of ethnic data in relation to crime, educational attainment or family breakdown, and journalists are generally pleased to accept these conditions because they, too, fear the scourge of racism and do not want to play any part in contributing to it. Understandable as this is, it is a mistake, especially for journalists. It is the very purpose to report the whole truth about significant social, economic and political events. Had we decided 25 years ago that the truth about conditions on native reserves and territories was "too hot to handle" - in effect, that the public cold not be trusted with the truth - we would have been cruelly derelict in our duty to Canadian society, including the aboriginals.

Achieving the last five percent of a goal costs at least 30 percent of the effort and risks 100 percent of the project.

Feb. 2, 2001 - from "The costs of getting to perfection", published in the Globe and Mail



Tompkins, Jimmy J.  
The very nature of democracy is opposed to dictatorship, no matter how benign the dictator. The sure builder of democracy will realize that the quickest way of achieving his program is to go down and build up the crowd into fit instruments for putting across its ideals. Any other method of procedure would be like building a foundation on sand.

May. 05, 1935 - from his pamphlet The Technique of Democracy, Consumers Cooperative
No body of men is worthy of a socially just society unless it is able to merit it by its intelligence and its moral backbone. If they got it otherwise they would not appreciate it nor long maintain it.

May. 05, 1935 - from his pamphlet The Technique of Democracy, Consumers Cooperative
The essence of democracy is that people are intelligent enough to manage their affairs in such a way that, in case of necessity, the right man appears at the right time and in response to the express will of the people.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Toronto Board of Education  
 Schools are accountable for addressing the academic inequity of opportunities and outcomes for racial minority students. ... An antiracist curriculum examines issues of power and equality, and deep-seated problems related to superordination and unequal power distribution. [emphasis added]

May 1997 - quoted from Board policy document 206 in "Reading, writing and racism", by Okey Chigbo, published in The Next City Magazine, Spring 1997
Trudeau, Pierre Elliot  
The great lesson to draw from revolutions is not that they devour humanity but rather that tyranny never fails to generate them.

1958 - from "When the People Are In Power"
Canada is not a country for the cold of heart or the cold of feet.

 Let us overthrow the totems, break the taboos. Or better, let us consider them cancelled. Coldly, let us be intelligent.

1950 - from "Politique fonctionnelle"
Our strength lies in our national will to live and work together as a people. Weaken that will, that spirit of community, and you weaken Canada. Weaken Canada, and you damage all the parts, no matter how rich some of those parts may be.

Nov. 19, 1979 - from a speech delivered in Toronto
For unscrupulous politicians, there is no surer way of rousing feelings that to trumpet a call to pride of race. French Canadians will be rid of this kind of politician if the blackmail ceases, and the blackmail will cease only if Canada refuses to dance to that tune.

Sep. 28, 1992 - quoted in Maclean's Magazine
All the demands made of Canada by the Quebec nationalists can be summed up in just one: keep giving us new powers and the money to exercise them, or we'll leave. If Quebecers are offered the chance to have their cake and eat it too, naturally they will accept.

1996 - from Against the Current : Selected Writings, Gerard Pelletier, ed., McLelland and Stewart, Toronto



 [Regarding Canadian constitutional provisions which specially recognize collective rights of native people, multi-cultural rights of newer Canadians, and women's rights] The only effect of these Charter provisions is to give individuals belonging to these collectivities an additional guarantee of protection against any interpretation of the Charter whereby their rights could be overlooked.

1996 - from Against the Current : Selected Writings, Gerard Pelletier, ed., McLelland and Stewart, Toronto
 There is no such thing as a model or ideal Canadian. What could be more absurd than the concept of an "all-Canadian" boy or girl?

Oct. 9, 1971 - from a speech to the Ukranian-Canadian Congress
 The decision by the Canadian government that a second language be given increased official recognition is, in indirect fashion, support for the cultivation and use of many languages, because it is a breach of the monopoly position of one language and an elevation of the stature of the languages that are 'different.'

Oct. 9, 1971 - from a speech to the Ukranian-Canadian Congress
[Quebec nationalism] I am afraid that excessive preoccupation with the future of the language has made certain people forget the future of the person speaking it. A working man may care about his language and cultural values; he also cares very strongly about having a decent life with the risk of losing the little he has through some misguided political adventure.

1968 - from Federalism and the French Canadians, Macmillan, Toronto
We are confronted by the ageless paradox that certain kinds of freedom, such as the freedom to pursue excellence, are impossible without rules. We limit one kind of freedom in order to promote another. The wisest among us impose rules with a light touch.

April 2, 1976 - from a speech delivered in Toronto
Essentially a constitution is designed to last a long time. Legal authority derives entirely from it, and if it is binding only for a short period it is not binding at all. A citizen - to say nothing of a power group - will not feel obliged to respect laws or governments he considers unfavourable to him if he thinks that they can be easily replaced. If the rules of the constitutional game are to be changed in any case, why not right now? A country where this mentality is prevalent oscillates between revolution and dictatorship.

1968 - from Federalism and the French Canadians, Macmillan, Toronto
 I will not leave Ottawa until the country and the government are irreversibly bilingual.

1975 - quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
 It's made it much more difficult for us as Liberals to talk of bilingualism since Quebec has begun to talk of unilingualism.

1976 - quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
 I was my best successor, but I decided not to succeed myself.

1984 - at a press conference announcing his resignation
The philosophy of the Liberal Party is very simple – say anything, think anything, or better still, do not think at all, but put us in power because it is we who can govern you best.