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Adrienne Clarkson

1939 -

Television personality, novelist, political activist, nationalist, cultural protectionist, Governor-General of Canada (1999 - )


 We cannot have homeless people in our society. It's just wrong. As long as there are any, it will be on our agenda.

Apr. 1, 2000 - quoted during a tour of Nunavut
 ... European countries are basically tribal. The French, Germans, and Italians are tribes... racism can arise in a country like that. ... We [Canadians] are not a tribe. We are a series, a group, a conglomeration of people. ... That is a positive thing in many ways.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Couple used to taking political centre stage", by Luiza Chwialkowska, published in the National Post
 In this [North American Free Trade] agreement I am very concerned because we have given to potentially the most powerful partner, and the one that already has the most influence on us, what they have always wanted, and we get nothing in return.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Couple used to taking political centre stage", by Luiza Chwialkowska, published in the National Post
 I sometimes characterize Canadians as a sullen people addicted to doing good.

Oct. 14, 1999 - in an interview on CBC television, quoted in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo
 I have become governor-general of this country. I understand what this country represents. ... What you've seen [from me] is what you're getting [as governor-general].

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Activists to move into Rideau Hall", by Robert Fife, published in the National Post
 As a woman, I fear that the gradual Americanization of our society might mean that I could not get on a subway alone.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Couple used to taking political centre stage", by Luiza Chwialkowska, published in the National Post
 We [are] more like the Europeans ... in our ability to understand and employ state capitalism, our ability to distinguish between social democracy and communism, our social programs, and our lack of urban violence. I think if we go through with this [North American Free Trade] deal, those arguments are going to be no longer possible to put forth to Europeans.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Broadcaster has lived her life in the public eye", by Jonathon Gatehouse, published in the National Post
 [On being appointed president of Canadian publisher McLelland and Stewart] I'm going to hire people and fire people. I'm going to do all sorts of stuff and really have fun.

1987 - quoted in "Couple used to taking political centre stage", by Luiza Chwialkowska, published in the National Post
 [Advocating hiring policies that favour women] Ninety-nine times out of 100 it's going to happen the other way around so a little bit of redress doesn't hurt.

Sep. 9, 1999 - from a speech to Women in Educational Administration in Ontario, quoted in "Broadcaster has lived her life in the public eye", by Jonathon Gatehouse, published in the National Post
 I think in the world today there isn't a situation like this, with somebody in my place and somebody in hers. Because of this uniqueness, because of our being women, I think that Canada is very well assured to go into the 21st century looking ahead and doing the right thing.

Jan. 12, 2000 - from remarks at the swearing-in ceremony of female Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin of the Supreme Court, quoted in the National Post
 Our problem with the U.S. is not insufficient access; it is debilitating dependence.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Broadcaster has lived her life in the public eye", by Jonathon Gatehouse, published in the National Post
 [The government of Ontario's decision to merge seven city bureaucracies in the Toronto area into one city of Toronto, saving $300 million] ... is a manifestation of a kind of cruelty women are best able to understand. We are basically being bashed. We are being abused in the worst possible way.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Couple used to taking political centre stage", by Luiza Chwialkowska, published in the National Post