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We Canadians are not given as a people to great patriotic displays. ...
by Kim Campbell

We Canadians are not given as a people to great patriotic displays.
- Kim Campbell

On the same day I was sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada,
I announced the most sweeping reform ever undertaken
in the structure of our federal government.
- Kim Campbell

To suggest that Quebecers willingly give up the chance
to exercise fully their influence within the federal
government would be to betray the historical role Quebec
has always played in Confederation,
and to undermine the legitimacy of their pride and ambitions.
- Kim Campbell

Canada is the homeland of equality, justice and tolerance.
- Kim Campbell

 

I believe it is time for new leadership that is able
to leave the '70s behind.
- Kim Campbell

It would be naive to imagine we have solved all our
income security problems simply because the roles of
the federal and provincial governments in the area
of skills training have been clarified.
- Kim Campbell

The world has changed profoundly since our programs were first established.
- Kim Campbell

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For over 20 years, the federal and provincial governments
have made enormous efforts employing a variety of approaches
in an attempt to stimulate Montreal's economy.
- Kim Campbell

I know Quebecers don't want to relive old battles;
they prefer to build for the future.
- Kim Campbell

For me, unemployment and poverty in the Greater Montreal
area is not mainly a problem of structure,
or design, or statistics.
It is a profoundly human situation.
- Kim Campbell

I believe that Canadians have the common sense to see
that a better future cannot be built on fragmentation.
- Kim Campbell

Government cannot and must not replace private initiative.
- Kim Campbell

I'd be prouder still to say I was Canada's 10th woman prime minister.
- Kim Campbell

An increasing number of Canadians must juggle the demands
of work with the need to care for children,
or for family members who are ill or too frail to care for themselves.
Our programs have simply not kept pace with these societal changes.
- Kim Campbell

There is no greater honour than to serve Canadians.
- Kim Campbell

We have to define and put into practice a better,
more coherent and effective policy on income security.
- Kim Campbell

Our first Prime Minister saw a country that would be
known for its generosity of spirit.
And so it is.
- Kim Campbell

Governments allocate enormous resources for social programs.
And it is true that for many years we have had one
of the best social service systems in the world.
Yet we are still incapable of meeting the needs of
tens of thousands of Canadian families.
- Kim Campbell

For too many, to work means having less income.
- Kim Campbell

In all modesty, we must admit that governments are
not always the best doctors when it comes to diagnosing
economic ailments and prescribing the right treatment.
- Kim Campbell

For people on social assistance, the loss of free dental care,
prescription drugs and subsidized housing can greatly
outweigh additional income from working.
We've all heard the stories.
- Kim Campbell

Canadians want to see real hope restored,
not false hopes raised.
- Kim Campbell

Since the end of the Second World War,
our population has more than doubled to 27 million people.
- Kim Campbell

Some of you may have been hoping that today I would
speak about Lucien Bouchard's latest economic theories.
But I have decided to spare him for the time being:
after all,
he is a man.
- Kim Campbell

Despite our high rate of unemployment,
300,000 jobs go unfilled largely because many of the
unemployed lack the skills needed today as a result
of technological progress.
- Kim Campbell

I have always believed governments must adapt to the needs of the people,
not the other way around.
- Kim Campbell

Deficit reduction is not an end in itself.
It is the means to an end.
Canadians must now decide what kind of country they
want to build with the hard-won dividend.
- Jean Chretien

The vicious circle has been shattered.
Canadians now enjoy the benefits of the virtuous circle.
- Paul Martin

So without that Canadian invention we were grounded.
And so that was a really important and key part of
the mission and Canadians should take real pride in it.
- Chris Hadfield

Americans like to make money; Canadians like to audit it.
I know no other country where accountants have a higher social and moral status.
- Northrop Frye

Like 84% of Canadians, I believe in God.
- Stockwell Day

Canadians are cold so much of the time that many of
them leave instructions to be cremated.
- Cynthia Nelms

I love Canadians because I don't see very much racism in Canada.
- Patti LaBelle

Canadians can easily 'pass for American' as long as
we don't accidentally use metric measurements or apologize when hit by a car.
- Doug Coupland

Canada will be a strong country when Canadians of all
provinces feel at home in all parts of the country,
and when they feel that all Canada belongs to them.
- Pierre Trudeau

You hear stories like that of Canadians trying to get in,
but when you go back home, you don't expect that.
- Caroline Dhavernas

Canadians look down on the United States and consider it Hell.
They are right to do so.
Canada is to the United States what,
in Dante's scheme,
Limbo is to Hell.
- Irving Layton

The Canadians have managed to live peacefully with their Indians.
It is disgrace that the United States has not done the same.
- Stephen Ambrose

Yet another thing Canadians and Europeans have in common
is an obsession with the United States,
and with distinguishing themselves from it,
often by crude stereotyping.
- Timothy Garton Ash

Canadians can get Parliament working again.
Here's how to do that: elect more New Democrats.
- Jack Layton

Canadians are very proud of me, of my career.
- Karen Kain

Yeah, we're sweet but savage, and I think a lot of Canadians are that way.
- Bruce McCulloch

It would be simply suicidal to French Canadians to
form a party by themselves.
- Wilfrid Laurier

Canadians are so easily wounded.
- Tucker Carlson

Canadians send us great hockey players.
You also send us wonderful performers,
from the beginning, with Mary Pickford.
- Jamie Farr

Through these ongoing activities and possibly in the future,
a Canadian will go live and work on the International
Space Station and we will continue to make Canadians
proud of our achievements in space.
- Marc Garneau

Why, so soon as French Canadians, who are in a minority
in this House and in the country,
were to organise as a political party,
they would compel the majority to organise as a political party,
and the result must be disastrous to themselves.
- Wilfrid Laurier

I grew up in kind of the last generation of Canadians
who thought things that were happening in Britain were more important,
almost, than what was happening in Canada.
And my mother was fervently of that opinion.
- Robert MacNeil

Over the past several years, all of us as Canadians,
and as members of the North American cultural and economic environment,
have been to a greater or lesser extent party to a
significant attitudinal change towards our culture.
- Alex Campbell

This country must be governed, and can be governed,
simply on questions of policy and administration and
the French Canadians who have had any part in this
movement have never had any other intention but to
organise upon those party distinctions and upon no other.
- Wilfrid Laurier

I think that Scottish people, like Canadians,
are often misunderstood and what I like about my Scottish
friends and relatives is how quickly it can go from love to anger.
It's a great dynamic.
- Mike Myers

We'll support the government on issues if it's essential
to the country but our primary responsibility is not
to prop up the government,
our responsibility is to provide an opposition and
an alternative government for Parliament and for Canadians.
- Stephen Harper

I want to give as many Canadians the opportunity to
be successful and if we can use their athletic gifts
to get them a free degree or a free diploma across
the border then I guess I'm doing my job.
- Donovan Bailey

In Canada, women's rights are a vital part of our effort
to build a society of real equality -
not just for some,
but for all Canadians.
A society in which women no longer encounter discrimination
nor are shut out from opportunities open to others.
- Paul Martin

But most Canadians have recognized to a greater or
lesser extent that despite much of the so-called progress of the affluent society,
essential ingredients to a meaningful life seem to
be either entirely lacking,
or at best, difficult to grasp.
- Alex Campbell

If I am to be known for anything, I would like it to
be for encouraging Canadians,
for knowing a little bit about their daily,
extraordinary courage.
And for wanting that courage to be recognized.
- Romeo LeBlanc

Mostly this problem is contained in the fact that the
US makes it so difficult for Canadians to get green
cards (you heard it here),
but if an American orchestra really wants a player,
they have their ways.
- Lara St.
John

The typical journalist's typical lead for the typical
Canadian story nowadays is along this line:
that Canadians are hard at work trying to gain a reputation
as a nation of rapid social change.
- Stockwell Day

I wish the government and the Minister of Justice would
address these legal and constitutional arguments,
but they refuse to.
They want Canadians to go blindly into their brave new world,
but it is not wise for a society to move blindly in any direction.
- Stockwell Day

Canadians tend to be a bit more religious than most Europeans -
though not more than the Poles or Ukrainians.
Most important, their attitude to immigration and ethnic
minorities is more positive than that of most Europeans.
- Timothy Garton Ash

The Leader of the Opposition's constitutional obligation -
the obligation to Parliament -
it's the reason we did the merger!
- is to make sure Canadians have an alternative for government.
- Stephen Harper

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Am I not destroying my enemies
when I make friends of them?
- Abraham Lincoln

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu


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