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Abbott, Sir John J.C.  
I hate politics, and what are considered their appropriate methods.

Jun. 4, 1891 - from a letter witten just days before he became Prime Minister of Canada
Aboud, Frances  
There is little support for the widespread assumption that children acquire their racial attitudes from parents and friends. ... Prejudice is biological. ... It's not hatred of the others, it's suspicion of differences. ... Eight is the age of reason. [Children] come out of their egocentric state and realize that there are other perspectives.

Jun. 23, 2001 - quoted in "P is for Prejudice" by Allen Abel, published in Saturday Night Magazine
Prejudice isn't entirely due to ignorance. A lot of teachers feel, 'Our goal is to make kids more knowledgeable, so we'll just give kids more knowledge.' But that ... can make kids more prejudiced.

Jun. 23, 2001 - quoted in "P is for Prejudice" by Allen Abel, published in Saturday Night Magazine
Adams, Michael  
Increasingly, Canadians are giving up on traditional religious dogma in favour of a less guilt-ridden sprituality. Growing numbers of hedonistic and experience-seeking Canadians reject the existence of a devil or Hell.

1997 - from Sex in the Snow
The critics of our post-modern culture see it as poor, narcissistic, trivial and ultimately meaningless. The believe that there are no more great ideas, nor great men to advance them, only "empowered" consumers in a futile quest for the god they abandoned in pursuit of the good life in shopping centres and television sitcoms.

1997 - from Sex in the Snow
... consensus on social values is determined less and less by demographic factors. Among older Canadians, differences in social values are largely determined by such demographic variables such as gender, education and income, but this is less true among younger groups.

1997 - from Sex in the Snow
North of the 49th parallel we value equality, south of it, they treasure freedom.

1997 - from Sex in the Snow
Canadians' enthusiasm for ... new technologies, and their growing ability to form their own networks rather than rely on historical institutions, is contributing to the 'values tribalization' of the country. Once defined by our race, religion or region, now we define ourselves by our values, by our personal priorities and by our life choices.

1997 - from Sex in the Snow
Aguyo, Albert  
Before Canada jeopardizes its scientific future and compromises its scientific community to achieve short-term budgetary solutions, it must recognize that the funding of university science is both a government responsibility and a long-range investment. Without government support, Canada's university science infrastructure will erode, and along with it, the country's competitiveness in a world economy increasingly based on knowledge.

Jan. 10, 1997 - Science Magazine editorial (with Richard A. Murphy)
Ajzenstat, Janet  
Preventing our democratically elected representatives from defining the public good in the area of social and economic policy can never be acceptable. If we introduce the Social Charter we lose the right that is the essence of democracy in a country like Canada, to live under laws freely determined by our elected representatives.

Jan. 15, 1998 - from "We Don't Need Another Charter", essay for The Canadian Conservative Forum



Under a justiciable Social Charter the final determination about services and spending will lie with the courts. Judges, not the legislatures, will determine who gets what, when and how much.

Jan. 15, 1998 - from "We Don't Need Another Charter", essay for The Canadian Conservative Forum
A liberal democracy can only thrive where there is open debate on political alternatives. It is essential that the electorate should be able to choose freely between parties supporting the welfare state and parties recommending retrenchment and the transfer of responsibilities to the private sphere. It is intolerable to suggest that the people's elected representatives should be bound in the straitjacket of a constitution that sets out one particular ideological program.

Jan. 15, 1998 - from "We Don't Need Another Charter", essay for The Canadian Conservative Forum
Allen, Ralph  
No matter what we choose to say of it, Canada is a whole series of accidents. If it should expire in its present form the world would survive and so, almost certainly, would Canada's separate parts. I don't expect my children to suffer much if Quebec should withdraw or Canada withdraw from Quebec. ... Yet it's been a lovely place to grow up in, whether it was an accident or not.

1967 - from The Man From Oxbow
Amiel, Barbara  
You're considered to have a rare kind of social disease if you espouse neo-conservative ideas in Canada.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
The feminist reign of terror in Canada is such that it is better to proceed with charges of sexual assault that are patently false than risk feminist wrath if support is withdrawn from a so-called victim... As evidentiary procedure changes to create kangaroo courts for accused males, our female judges, female Crown attorneys and female elites remain mostly silent.

Jul. 11, 1994 - from a column in Maclean's Magazine
[Feminist writer Kathleen] Mahoney sneers at 'formal equality' as a right-wing concept that must be replaced by 'substantive equality' -- a code for statistical parity, with quotas and privileges for women. These feminists are, in fact, promoting gender wars. They have already played havoc with the workplace and had a very adverse influence on such major institutions as the military, and, of course, the judiciary -- not to mention the family. Far from nation-building, they are destructive of the nation and highly detrimental to the fabric of our society. Like all ideologues, they have structured a universe in which everything proves whatever they wish it to prove and it is all used to structure a matriarchical system in which they will be able to wield almost unchecked power through intimidation, the establishment of standards and structures of morality that suit their ideology and function to their own benefit.

Mar. 9, 1999 - from a column in the National Post newspaper
The first commandment of contemporary feminism ... is to have your cake and eat it: feminists rely on the similarity of the genders when it helps them, while they underline the dissimilarity of men and women if similarity creates a burden for them. This enables feminism to insist that men and women are exactly the same when it comes to who can be an airline pilot, but vastly different when it comes to retaining custody of the children or responding to a pass in the workplace.

Nov. 6, 1998 - from "In sickness and in wealth : The curious case of Bracklow v. Bracklow puts feminists in a quandary", published in the National Post newspaper
Of all the concepts that the totalitarian instinct of our times has bequeathed to society - including racial and gender job quotas and laws against free speech - the seemingly harmless slogan 'equal pay for work of equal value' is potentially the most destructive of a free society.

Aug. 5, 1985 - from a column in Maclean's Magazine
... this is a grievance society and that if you want to get into its leading edge you pretty well have to be a victim.

Oct. 31, 1994 - from a column in Maclean's Magazine
By now our institutions have been so affected by radical FEMINISM that it is hard to know how to countermand their grip on our lives. The first step, I should think, must be to identify what we are fighting. The civil service, the judiciary, academia, and the publicly owned media seem too slow-witted or lazy to deal with the problem. From Statistics Canada to the Law Society, we see nothing but compliance with a point of view totally at variance with our experience of life in this country.

Mar. 6, 1999 - from a column in the National Post newspaper



What many advocates of the equal-pay thesis did not seem to realize is that they are proposing a fundamental change to the way our society operates. Market forces of supply and demand are neutral. When you replace them, you are not replacing an unjust system with a just one but, instead, introducing a conscious system to replace a spontaneous one. Ultimately, you are replacing the amorality of the free market with the immorality of the regulated society. What results is theft: you rob the janitors to pay the cleaning woman.

Aug. 5, 1985 - from her column in Maclean's Magazine
We have spent like drunken sailors in order to fill the sense of 'entitlement' that our weak-tea socialism has created. We have become a country of feuding special-interest groups in which envy and resentment play more than their natural roles...

Dec. 23, 1991 - from her column in Maclean's Magazine
It is important to understand that equality for the individual as in equal opportunity or equality before the law is a classic liberal ideal, while parity for a group is at best a political and at worst a profoundly reactionary notion. Equality stresses that any qualified human being may become an engineer, plumber, prime minister or jet pilot, regardless of gender, religion or race; while parity maintains that a proportionate number from each group must achieve such positions regardless of merit or utility. The belief in parity is based to some extent on a genuine error - the view that any disparity in society has to be the result of discrimination as well as the cynical politician's view that when disparity makes some people restless it should be eliminated, even at the expense of freedom and fairness.

1992 - from her column "The Secret Agenda of Gender", published in The Spectator
[In the 1970's] Canadian intellectuals adopted prisoners of conscience in South Africa. They took holidays in Cuba. A ... psychoanalyst could make quick work of this. Rich, powerful America was Castro's fiercest opponent. Canada has always been a reliable ally of the US, but any opportunity to show its independence from its southern neighbour brings on a patriotic boomlet. ... If America was trying to keep the bubonic plague out of its hemisphere, Canadians would import it just to show their independence of American foreign policy.

1997 - from a column in the Daily Telegraph of London
Arscott, W. Hugh  
Canada is divided by great mountains, great prairies, Great Lakes, and eleven governments that really grate.

1998 - from Hugh's Views Volume I, quoted in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo
Atwood, Margaret  
Never believe anything until it's officially denied.

If the national mental illness of the United States is megalomania that of Canada is paranoid schizophrenia.

Auf der Maur, Nick  
They say Canadians are dull and boring. Actually we're quite insane.

Augustine, Jean  
 We don't want something for youth at risk, we want something for black youth at risk

Aug. 29, 2001 - from a speech in Toronto announcing special Liberal government support programs for black youths, quoted in the National Post
Avram, Kevin  
Throughout history, great men and great women have not always been those who have been stronger, smarter, faster, or wiser. Some have been weak, challenged with infirmity, or disadvantaged in some other way. The quality that drove them was a set of convictions or guidelines that had been seared on their consciousness -- principles of truth, right and wrong that literally held on to their hearts and defined their lives. The birthing of great nations and great things have been presided over by such people. People of conviction are always present at such events.




Baker, Maureen  
Although many governments have used the ideology of economic rationalism to justify restructuring the welfare state, dismantling Canadian social programs has been motivated by far more than concern about high public debt. Federal/provincial politics and especially the fear that the Quebec separatist movement will shatter the Canadian federation have been primary motives in federal reform.

from her essay "The Restructuring of the Canadian Welfare State: Ideology and Policy"
Barrett, Matthew  
[Separatism] If you are not moved to preserve Canada for reasons of the soul, you should, at the least, preserve it for reasons of the pocket.

1991
Bell, Colleen  
These are the people the government picked to watch over us. God help us all.

May. 16, 1996 - commenting on the testimony of government mine inspectors in the Westray mine disaster
Benmurgui, Ralph  
 [Re: Ontario government plan to ask teachers and parents if they want school uniforms] That's what you build fascism on.

Feb. 04, 1999 - CBC Television
Benson, Iain  
Constitutional cases increasingly resemble games of chance more than debates of principle ... No one can say with any confidence whether a matter will be struck down, read in, left to the legislature, or avoided entirely using any number of legal techniques.

from "Religion, Morality and Law", published in the University of British Columbia Law Review
[Public education's current] subjective approach to teaching 'values' ignores the education system's role to assist parents and the wider community in forming the character of the next generation of citizens. ... current teaching methods which ignore concepts such as morality and character will prove to be detrimental to how young people view civic responsibility and, ultimately, democracy.

Berton, Pierre  
A Canadian is somebody who knows how to make love in a canoe.

Bibby, Reginald W.  
In Canada, the time has come to address a centrally important question. If what we have in common is our diversity, do we really have anything in common at all?

1990 - from Mosaic Madness: The Poverty and Potential of Life in Canada
Bissell, Claude T.  
With all its defects, its tortured self-doubts, its endless hesitations, its constant cynical juxtaposition of the ideal and the actual, the university is the institution that reminds man most insistently of the need for the examined life.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
It's ironical that the first people to demand free speech are the first people to deny it to others.

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



The Social Sciences are good at accounting for disasters once they have taken place.

Bixby, Miriam  
The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) commissioned several scientific assessments by an independent consulting group, Energy and Environmental Analysis (EEA), in order to determine the impact of cars and light trucks on environmental and human health. EEA measured emissions of CO2, VOC, and NOx. Their recent study of CO2 emissions in Canada reports that, in every province, passenger vehicles account for less than 20 percent of total CO2 emissions. In British Columbia, vehicle emissions will account for only 15.65 percent of total CO2 emissions in 2000, down from 16.81 percent in 1980, despite a significant increase in vehicle usage (EEA 1995). Similarly, EEA’s study of VOC and NOx shows that since 1995, VOC and NOx emitted by autos and light trucks in Vancouver have decreased from 30 percent to 28.3 percent of total VOC and NOx emissions in the area, and are projected to reach 27.9 percent by 2005. This projection is particularly striking since between 1980 and 2005, total vehicle kilometres driven are expected to increase by 103 percent (EEA, 2000).

Dec. 2000 - from "The Translink Levy: Taxing Patience More than Congestion", published in Fraser Forum
Black, Conrad Moffat  
'Caring and compassion' really meant socialism, wealth confiscation and redistribution, taking money from people who had earned it and giving it to people who had not earned it in exchange for their votes and in the name of fairness. Here, truly, Canada has vastly exceeded the United States... 'Caring and compassion,' however well-intentioned, would more accurately be called plundering and bribery... For decades, too many of our business leaders mouthed self-reliant and ruggedly individualistic platitudes while lining up for government preferments like the locusts of feminism and multiculturalism, and the kleptocracy of organized labor.

May 22, 1992 - from a column in the Financial Post
[On Canadian journalists who privately support his free-market views] I don't much care about being mis-type cast, but I'm getting a little tired of wrestling with the entire Canadian left-wing media myself while thousands of publicity-shy well-wishers offer to hold my coat.

Jul. 18, 1989 - from a letter to The Financial Post
It is... one of the well-springs of the pervasive Canadian spirit of envy that the success of a person implies the failure or exploitation of someone else. ... The destructive fixation of the envious English-Canadian mind requires that the highest, happiest, most agile flyers be laid low. [It is] a sadistic desire corroded by soul-destroying envy, to intimidate all those who might aspire to anything the slightest exceptional.

1993 - from A Life in Progress
...the Canadian media [has a] predilection for behaving like a rampaging industrial union while pretending absurdly to be a learned profession.

1993 - from A Life in Progress
Canadian media [are] irresponsible, narcissistic, self-righteously biased, unqualified to exercise the power they have, over-indulged... by owners afraid to offer any ethical direction.

Jul. 18, 1989 - from a letter published in The Financial Post
... the malaise of our free press [is] the irresponsible power of journalists, unrestrained by publishers.

May 19, 1988 - from a column in The Financial Post
The greatest lesson I learned from my school days was admiration for those who endured and persevered with quiet dignity in a system that was unfriendly or even unjust to them. The heroes of school days were not those who excelled at what came easily to them, even less those who rebelled, the group of which I was merely a notorious exemplar. The heroes were those who tried, who survived adversity, and who by trying and surviving strngthened their characters. It took me some years to appreciate this.

1993 - from A Life in Progress
Providentially, the world became more accessible for me as Canada became less commodious.

1993 - from A Life in Progress



I'm not convinced that it is really possible to achieve much in Canadian politics, because of the way it’s set up and the jurisdictions are so divided between the federal and provincial governments...

from an interview with Pamela Wallin for the Meeting of Minds series at Chapters.ca
Our countrymen have been failed by their academic, journalistic, and bureaucratic elites, who sold them the myth of the 'caring and compassionate' society. This is a euphemism for what has become a ruinously exaggerated process of taking money from those who have earned it and giving it to those who haven't. The nationality... has acquiesced, indeed wallowed, in this flimflam for 30 years...

Aug. 13, 1991 - from a column in the Financial Post
Canada effectively created a political ethos of official pandering and a society of addicts to government largesse... Each new category arose, became vocal, and was pandered to... Native people have a federal government department whose budget is now over $12,000 for every designated man, woman and child in the country.

May 22, 1992 - from a column in the Financial Post
Educational egalitarianism teaches that the student who knows nothing is just as good and worthy of a hearing as the one who knows something.

1981 - from Confessions, Totem Books, Toronto
The French and Germans, for notoriously well-known historic reasons, have social safety nets that have effectively become hammocks.

Jul. 09, 1998 - from his lecture "Britain's Final Choice, Europe or America", delivered at the London-based Center for Policy Studies
Canada, whose distinctiveness from the northern American states is fairly tenuous, has lost no additional sovereignty after entering into the free trade agreement that resulted in over 40% of Canada's G.N.P. being derived from trade with the US. This is more than four times the percentage of British GNP taken up by trade with the EU, but Canada suffers none of the jurisdictional intrusions that are routine in the British march to Eurofederalism.

Jul. 09, 1998 - from his lecture "Britain's Final Choice, Europe or America", delivered at the London-based Center for Policy Studies
More than 90% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the border [with the United States]; and 85% of foreign trade is with the U.S. - about 42% of GDP.

Dec. 1, 2000 - from a column in the National Post
Over the last 40 years, Canada has tried to define itself as gentler than the U.S. This initially meant universal medicare and strict gun control, but expanded to mean a process of taking money form people who have earned it and redistributing it to people who haven't, more or less in exchange for their votes. Canada is the only country that has enshrined regional economic equality as a constitutional objective, thus committing itself to the impossible proposition of moving resources to people instead of the other way around.

Dec. 1, 2000 - from a column in the National Post
The Canadian dollar, in 40 years, has gone from US$1.04 to US$0.64. We have gone from being the second most prosperous country after the U.S., to the 18th. The Liberals, principle authors of this descent, have ... successfully represented their conception of national identity as sacred and any derogation from it as "extreme." Canadians are seduced by assurances of the superiority of their society, and of Canada's prestige in the United Nations.

Dec. 1, 2000 - from a column in the National Post
At the end of the Trudea era, Canada was the only country in the world besides North Korea to have outlawed private medicine, and current political wisdom blames successor governments for the health care disaster created twenty years ago.

1997 - from "Taking Canada Seriously", published in International Journal, quoted in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo



Bliss, Michael  
In Canada, far more than in the United States, the competitive strategy of working with or through government, or otherwise making use of it, has coloured the evolution of enterprise, the economy, and government itself.

1987 - from Northern Enterprise: Five Centuries of Canadian Business
Canadians are people who remember their present and think it's their history.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Borovoy, Alan  
All we can hope to achieve is a little less hell.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
There are no complete victories, no complete defeats. I just try to make sure tomorrow's battles are less worse than yesterday's.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
In Canada we don't ban demonstrations, we re-route them.

Bourassa, Henri  
We have in our country the patriotism of Ontarians, the patriotism of Quebecers and the patriotism of westerners: but there is no Canadian patriotism, and there will not be a Canadian nation as long as we do not have a Canadian patriotism.

Boyer, Patrick  
The collective wisdom of a large body of well-informed people most reliably produces the best decisions. ... Pooled information and variety in experience can blend to produce not only a sound course of action, but also and as important, the underlying consensus necessary to implement it.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada
Canada has remained a timid democracy. The establishment that has run our country has proceeded comfortably - not always in the interests of the people, nor indeed of the country itself - supported by Canadians' deference to authority and a strange willingness to be passive spectators in our own land. We have become what anthropologists call 'participant observers'.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada
I obviously believe in the institutions of 'representative democracy'. But, on the basis of seven years experience in parliament ... I must conclude that serious imbalances created by rigid party discipline must be corrected if we are to keep on calling our MPs "representatives". Even with their faults, our legislatures are still vital to our system of government.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada
The ... phenomenon ... of our legislatures being reduced to 'rubber stamps' for decisions already taken by cabinet has to be troubling to anyone concerned about maintaining the dynamic counterbalances essential to a parliamentary democracy.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada



... referendums and plebiscites are not meant to replace parliamentary rule, but rather to enhance it. Our system of government depends, ultimately, upon the consent of the people being governed. Canada is not a dictatorship where tyrannical force is used to obtain public acquiescence in the measures and programs of the government. Nor is it a theocracy where we follow the dictates of our leadership because of blindly obedient religious faith. Ours is a democracy where, at the end of the day, there simply must be public consensus about where we are going, and general agreement on how to get there. Without consent the whole elaborate superstructure - the legislatures, the courts, the financial system, the commercial marketplace, the acceptance of laws and norms of behaviour - will corrode until it collapses.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada
Powerful governments have long promoted the doctrine of parliamentary democracy that brazenly holds that once elected by virtue of winning the most seats in a general election, regardless of the size of their party's popular vote, they have a mandate to deal with any issue that comes up during the life of that Parliament. ... While this doctrine makes sense as a practical approach to the many details and issues that could never have been aired and debated or even anticipated in an election campaign, it nevertheless enshrines a bold fiction. [This attitude] has become one of the major factors in the loss of credibility suffered by Canadian governments and has led to a general disrespect for Canadian legislatures, shared even by many of us who are members of them.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada
By virtue of an 'iron triangle' involving politicians, bureaucrats, and special interest groups, our political parties no longer serve as neutral brokers of all legitimate interests. Instead they arrange compromises among long-established elite groups, neglecting the interests of the masses.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada
Although we call our parliamentary system democratic, we have witnessed on a profound level the institutionalization of some very anti-democratic processes.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada
The problem is that democratic theory is premised on the citizens' playing an active and informed role in the political system, but theory is not being met by opportunity.

1992 - from The People's Mandate, Referendums and a More Democratic Canada
Broadfoot, Dave  
Canada is a collection of ten provinces with strong governments loosely connected by fear.

Brock, J.D.L.  
Canada faces a crisis and an opportunity. The Trans-Canada engine of the centralist regime is chugging its last, and the provinces have not been appeased. The push for legislative union, as old as the idea of a Canadian state and as new as the Charter, has failed. The ideology of regulation has confused centralism with federalism, and federalism with Liberalism... As a country, we must rediscover the meaning of federalism.

Nov. 01, 1998 - from The Pith Review
We find ourselves today unable to speak, except in the language of Liberal myths: the English Canadian, the Canadian nation, the problem of Quebec, the alienation of the West. There is no such thing as an English Canadian; Canada is a Confederation not a Union; there is no problem with Quebec, but with the rest of the country which refuses to believe that federal provinces are supposed to be sovereign; the West is not alienated from Ottawa, but Ottawa is alienated from the West,

Nov. 01, 1998 - from The Pith Review
Brode, Patrick  
The problem is the charter [the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms] itself. The issue is always, who has the authority to make the laws? The charter constituted a wholesale transfer of power to the judges. [The adoption of the charter was] an unacknowledged revolution, and another revolution will be required to reverse it.

Jan. 19, 1998 - quoted in "The makings of a counter-revolution", an essay in Alberta Report
Brodie, Ian  
Judges and their junior siblings at the country's human rights commissions may, from time to time, strike a blow for smaller government. But usually they're busy expanding government: giving federal civil servants multi-billion-dollar pay increases under the rubric of pay equity; telling religious institutions in Alberta that they must justify their hiring decisions to human rights tribunals; investigating what newspapers and magazines try to publish. Judicial activism and human rights commission proceedings may offer up the odd decision to warm the heart of liberal democrats. But they're more often busy building government rather than shrinking it.

Jun. 26, 1999 - letter in The National Post



Brooks, William  
... by the late nineteenth century, the classical curriculum of the British grammar school, imported in the early years of colonial North America, gave way to the ideas of European social revolutionaries like Rousseau, Pestalozzi, Herbart and Froebels. These philosophers changed our perception of the school's purpose, slowly eroding the traditional concentration on formal literacy and the acquisition of knowledge, and giving way to an increasing concern with the methods of teaching and the interests of the child.

Jan. 1994 - from "Was Dewey a Marxist?", published by The St. Lawrence Institute for the Advancement of Learning
...one of the most striking characteristics of our progressive education system is the obscurity of its aims and objectives.

1975 - from "Some Reflections on Canadian Education", published in the History and Social Science Teacher
... the movement spawned by [philosopher and educator John] Dewey at the turn of the century is systematically woven around a common philosophy whose roots are deeply embedded in the intellectual life of nineteenth century Europe. ... not only have progressive educators been social revolutionaries in their own right, but that John Dewey himself owes a yet-to-be-fully-acknowledged debt to Marxism that has produced a profound paradigmatic effect on educational theory and practice throughout this century. Canadian education has borrowed heavily from this paradigm.

Jan. 1994 - from "Was Dewey a Marxist?", published by The St. Lawrence Institute for the Advancement of Learning
... in 1979, I worked with Professor Yarema Kelebay of McGill University on a project mandated by the Quebec Association of Teachers of History. As two former Presidents of that Association, we were asked to analyze the contents of a new Canadian history syllabus that had been developed for Quebec high schools by the Quebec Ministry of Education. We concluded that the course of study was profoundly anti-capitalist and embraced a Marxist economic interpretation to the exclusion of all other perspectives on Canadian history. The reaction to our conclusions was stormy to say the least, and there was a great deal of opposition to the thesis, primarily on the basis that this was not the sort of thing that should be brought up in polite company.

Jan. 1994 - from "Was Dewey a Marxist?", published by The St. Lawrence Institute for the Advancement of Learning
[After an analysis of the teaching of economics in Canadian high schools] ... we found an unmistakable tilt in economics education toward Fabian and Keynesian themes, and a general absence of the corpus of thought that supported the idea of a free marketplace.

Jan. 1994 - from "Was Dewey a Marxist?", published by The St. Lawrence Institute for the Advancement of Learning
The development of appropriate educational policy can be crucial to the well-being of a society. Policy developers should not become unwitting slaves to other men's ideas especially when those ideas may become destructive of the goals and purposes of the very societies they seek to serve. ... Before change and a shift to more appropriate policy is possible, the slaves [to current education idealogy] must be set free.

Jan. 1994 - from "Was Dewey a Marxist?", published by The St. Lawrence Institute for the Advancement of Learning
Unfortunately, philosophy is no longer taken seriously, either as a source of success or failure in education. The much talked about problems in our schools today are, for the most part, examined in material terms. Aside from the ethnocentric issue of language of instruction, all parties seem to have agreed to discuss education almost entirely as a fiscal issue. The conventional progressive paradigm, albeit with frequent revisions and practical modifications, is fundamentally unchallenged. ... Public officials have conceded control over the content of education to appointed 'professionals' and any trespass into that jurisdiction is regarded with utmost impatience.

Jan. 1994 - from "Was Dewey a Marxist?", published by The St. Lawrence Institute for the Advancement of Learning
The educational community should never surrender its right to dissent and raise questions about the nature of our culture. The longing to play a role in the development of a good and just society remains one of the highest and most valuable motivations of the teacher. But in the shadow of so many twentieth century societies that have been fractured, vulgarized and impoverished by Marxist ideology, it may be time to begin a more open discourse about the sources of thought that set the agenda for our schools.

Jan. 1994 - from "Was Dewey a Marxist?", published by The St. Lawrence Institute for the Advancement of Learning
Brown, George W.  
The greatest danger which faces democratic government in the modern world is that the peoples of the democracies themselves may not understand their own institutions.

1952 - from "Canadian Democracy … In Action", J.M. Dent and Sons publisher
In a true democracy the majority must not use its power as a steam roller riding ruthlessly over the interests and feelings of the minority; while, at the same time, the minority has an equal obligation to respect and co-operate with the majority. Whatever democracy is, it is not government by brute force but by persuasion. It is a sense of fair play, of justice and sportsmanship in the highest sense of that term.

1952 - from "Canadian Democracy … In Action", J.M. Dent and Sons publisher



Having seen dictatorships rise in other countries, we should be foolish to say 'it can't happen here.' As Abraham Lincoln said: 'The price of liberty is eternal vigilance', and liberty is our most precious possession So, then, should vigilance be our constant care.

1952 - from "Canadian Democracy … In Action", J.M. Dent and Sons publisher
Democracy must have people who understand and believe in its principles and are determined to preserve them, for it will not last by itself or by wishful thinking. Democracy must have people who are determined to work together, who have convictions of their own but are willing to respect and co-operate with those with whom they disagree. Democracy must have educated and thinking people, people who believe not merely in preserving their rights but in shouldering their share of responsibilities, people of self discipline and community spirit.

1952 - from "Canadian Democracy … In Action", J.M. Dent and Sons publisher
Those who have responsibilities without rights are slaves, those who have rights without responsibility are parasites.

1952 - from "Canadian Democracy … In Action", J.M. Dent and Sons publisher
Brubaker, Elizabeth  
With ... laws and regulations, governments have taken power out of the hands of those affected by pollution and put it into their own hands. They have substituted their own cost-benefit calculations for those of the parties involved. Of course they could not possibly know all of the costs of their decisions or weigh them against all of the benefits. What they could weigh were the political costs and benefits of their decisions. The price — economic, environmental, and social — of such political decisions has often been exorbitant. But government decision makers haven't had to pay the price. Instead, it has been borne by the individuals and communities affected. ... Decisions about resource use should be made closer to the situations themselves. They should be made by those who will be most affected by them. ... But we must empower them to do so. We can't expect them to protect themselves if they don't have strong property rights. Decentralization requires the establishment — or restoration — of secure property rights.

Mar. 1998 - from "Power to the people", published in The Next City Magazine
Bryden, John  
Because government grants enable organizations to exist without active memberships, they are not troubled by internal accountability. This might be all right if the government money came with some strings attached, with a requirement to show how well the government money was spent. Alas this is not the case.

1994 - from his federal report on grants to organizations, quoted by Martin Loney in "Another Day, Another Slush Fund", published in the National Post, Jan 24, 2000
Buck, Tim  
You can't cross a chasm in two leaps.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Byfield, Ted  
A tremendous gulf clearly exists between the national vision held by the two westernmost provinces and the national vision held in Ontario. We are being shown again and again that the West's vision doesn't matter--nor will it ever matter.

Jan. 1, 2001 - from "Westview", his column in Report magazine
Cable, Howard  
The beaver is a good national symbol for Canada. He's so busy chewing he can't see what's going on.

Callaghan, Morley  
The real friend of this country is the guy who believes in excellence, seeks for it, fights for it, defends it, and tries to produce it.

Callwood, June  
The beaver, which has come to represent Canada as the eagle does the United States and the lion Britain, is a flat-tailed, slow-witted, toothy rodent known to bite off its own testicles or to stand under its own falling trees.