Monday, November 29, 2004

Canadian Quotes

Courtesy of Mr. Stransky. A little late, but maybe someday we can incorporate into speeches of our own. And I would like to think that you can admire the Laurier and Woodsworth as being of equal merit. Given the nice 100 year symmetry, Sir Wilfrid's lines probably would have been an admirable choice - if the final draft hasn't yet gone to press: What the West Wing would have liked from us: "Canada shall be the star towards which all men who love progress and freedom shall come." - Wilfrid Laurier, October 14, 1904 "I am speaking to you at a moment of grave crisis, when violent and fanatical men are attempting to destroy the unity and the freedom of Canada." - Pierre Trudeau, October 16, 1970 What I would have liked to give them: "We can hardly join the Americans on our own terms and we never ought to join them on theirs." - Thomas D'Arcy McGee, 1868 "We won't let this country die... this Canada which is, as our national anthem says, our home and native land. We are going to say to those who want us to stop being Canadians, we are going to say a resounding, an overwhelming 'no!'" - Pierre Trudeau, 1980 "While we are urged to fight in freedom and democracy, it should be remembered that war is the very negation of both." - J.S. Woodsworth, Sept 8. 1939

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