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Attila the Hun
As a nation, we would accomplish more if Huns behaved as though national goals were as important to them as personal goals.
The Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun
, by Wess Roberts, 1987
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
Diefenbaker, John George
I cannot visualize Canada without French Canada. I cannot visualize French Canada without Canada. National unity based on equality must be the goal.
The object of Confederation was not to produce Siamese twins in this nation.
Sep. 1967 - from a speech at a Progressive Conservative leadership convention
I am the first prime minister of this country of neither altogether English or French origin. So I determined to bring about a Canadian citizenship that knew no hyphenated consideration ... I'm very happy to be able to say that in the House of Commons today in my party we have members of Italian, Dutch, German, Scandinavian, Chinese and Ukrainian orgin - and they are all Canadians.
Mar. 29, 1958 - from a speech in the Canadian Parliament
I expected to find a contest between a government and a people: I found two nations warring in the bosom of a single state: I found a struggle, not of principles, but of races; and I perceived that it would be idle to attempt any amelioration of laws or institutions, until we could first succeed in terminating the deadly animosity that now separates the inhabitants of Lower Canada into the hostile divisions of French and English.
1839 - from
Report on the Affairs of British North America
Bernard Landry's claim that English-Canadians ought to welcome [Quebec premier] Lucien Bouchard's ... re-election because of Mr. Bouchard's record of superior economic management is obviously laughable. [Quebec has] North America's highest taxes, Louis XIV-style dirigisme, and the constant threat of political upheaval: It's not exactly a formula for prosperity.
Nov. 30, 1998 - The National Post
Canada's problems are often said to be far from unique: the nation-state is allegedly fading everwhere and Canada's unhappy binationality is even supposed to confer some advantage upon us, by introducing us early to difficulties that the United States, France, Germany, Britain, and other once-solid polities will sooner or later have to reckon with as well. Perhaps that is true, perhaps not. But whatever may lie ahead for those other countries, for the moment at least they can all show a strong sense of national identity and common citizenship. Canada cannot. And this, our greatest national failure, is what we endlessly insist ought to be our legacy to the rest of the world!
Dec. 1999 - from "Too Many Solitudes", published in
The curious fact is that, in order to qualify as Canadians, we are not required to be loyal, even in theory, to the idea of Canada.
Columbo's New Canadian Quotations
John Robert Columbo
... Prime Minister [Jean Chretien] has achieved for Quebec what the majority of Quebec nationalists have sought for the past 30 years - a distinct position within the Canadian federal system in which Quebec is not a province like the others but rather has the de facto status of a separate national community, dealing one-on-one with the government of Canada. This has been achieved, moreover, with no loss of political power in Ottawa. The new 9-1-1 form of federalism, in which the nine provinces other than Quebec negotiate as a group with Ottawa, which then negotiates bilaterally with Quebec, is reinforced by partisan dynamics. Quebec is not necessarily hurt in the division of spoils by the leverage provided by the ongoing threat of separation, and it is this threat that helps maintain the Liberal party's lock on national office. So long as the threat exists, the Liberals can run as the one national party that can hold the country together, just as the PQ can run as the party best able to ward off encroachments from Ottawa. It can be argued that this new model of federalism can only be sustained by a prime minister from Quebec, and here the Liberals hold all the trumps.
Feb. 1999 - from "Taking Stock: Canadian Federalism and Its Constitutional Framework", published in
How Ottawa Spends: 1999-2000
, edited by Leslie Pal
Morton, William L.
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
Newman, Peter C.
There is in Alberta today a ferocious craving to be heard. The province's discontents keep multiplying without ever being debated, much less resolved. Central Canada's political elite has yet to accept the notion that westerners are anything more than bubbas in the boondocks, whose lives are consumed in envy of the lucky few plugged into action central in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. ... What [Albertans] will demand with increasing ferocity is greater control over their own destiny.
Feb. 12, 2001 - from "Demanding to be heard", published in