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132 of 6,095 quotations related to Canada, showing McDonald to Woodard

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

Morton, William L.  
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
Nader, Ralph
Canadians know little about their achievements in the past. They don't even teach them in their schools.

Dec. 9, 1992 - from an interview on CBC Television, quoted in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo
National Post, The  
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"
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



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
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
Newman, Peter C.  
Politics in Canada has always been the art of making the necessary possible.

quoted in Canadian by Conviction, by Brune and Bulgutch, Gage Publishers
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
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
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
Reid, Scott  
... 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
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
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
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
Smith, Goldwin
[Canada is] rich by nature, poor by policy.

Trudeau, Pierre Elliot  
Canada is not a country for the cold of heart or the cold of feet.

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
Valpy, Michael  
Canada is the only country in the world where you can buy a book on federal-provincial relations at an airport.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Van Horne, Cornelius
[Canada] Since we can't export the scenery, we'll import the tourists.

Walsh, Mary  
We have a history of defining ourselves by the negatives, and we seem happy enough doing it.

Aug. 2, 2001 - from "We tend toward a riotous gloom", published in the National Post
Wilson, Michael  
No matter how we define the term, Canada has an acute shortage of rich people.




Wodehouse, Paul  
Last year, the [United Nations Council on the Rights of Children] informed the British that their children could not be exempted from certain public school programs - sex education for instance - at the request of the parents alone. They would be required to seek the child's consent. The implications of this judgment may be felt in Canada.

Aug. 9, 1999 - from "One Child, One Vote", Alberta Report
Woodard, Joe  
Since the 1982 adoption of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms ... Canada's judges have moved boldly into the public policy arena, shaping laws to fit their own peculiar biases and ideologies. In effect, Canada's top judges have become the supreme rulers of the land, and that has turned the [Supreme Court justice] selection process into a back-room brawl between competing interests.

Jan. 19, 1998 - from "Rumblings of a counter-revolution", Alberta Report