• “I think in Atlantic Canada, because of what happened in the decades following Confederation, there is a culture of defeat that we have to overcome. …Atlantic Canada’s culture of defeat will be hard to overcome as long as Atlantic Canada is actually physically trailing the rest of the country.”
    – New Brunswick Telegraph Journal
  • “There’s unfortunately a view of too many people in Atlantic Canada that it’s only through government favours that there’s going to be economic progress, or that’s what you look to…. That kind of can’t-do attitude is a problem in this country but it’s obviously more serious in regions that have had have-not status for a long time.”
    – Toronto Sun
  • “There is a dependence in the region that breeds a culture of defeatism.”
        – CBC News
  • “I’ve taken my position and frankly it’s the same position that I took all through the [Alliance] leadership race. I delivered [speeches] everywhere I went, including in the Maritime provinces on several occasions, about the spirit of defeatism in the country and what drives it and how we have to address it.”
        – National Post
  • “[W]hat we clearly need is experimentation – with market reforms and private delivery options within the public system. And it is only logical that, in a federal state where the provinces operate the public health care systems and regulate private services, that experimentation should occur at the provincial level.”
        – Speech in Charlottetown
  • “These proposals included cries for billions of new money for social assistance in the name of child poverty and for more business subsidies in the name of cultural identity. In both cases I was sought out as a rare public figure to oppose such projects.”
        – The Bulldog, National Citizens Coalition
  • Canada is a Northern European welfare state in the worst sense of the term, and very proud of it…. In terms of the unemployed… don’t feel particularly bad for many of these people. They don’t feel bad about it themselves, as long as they’re receiving generous social assistance and unemployment insurance.”
        – Speech to the US Council for National Policy
  • “After all, enforced national bilingualism in this country isn’t mere policy. It has attained the status of a religion. It’s a dogma which one is supposed to accept without question…. Make no mistake. Canada is not a bilingual country. In fact it is less bilingual today than it has ever been…. As a religion, bilingualism is the god that failed. It has led to no fairness, produced no unity, and cost Canadian taxpayers untold millions.”
        – Calgary Sun
  • “You’ve got to remember that west of Winnipeg the ridings the Liberals hold are dominated by people who are either recent Asian immigrants or recent migrants from eastern Canada: people who live in ghettoes and who are not integrated into western Canadian society.”
        – The Report newsmagazine
  • “For historic reasons that I won’t get into, the Liberal party gets the votes of most Catholics in the country, including many practising Catholics.”
        – Speech to the US Council for National Policy
  • “I don’t know all the facts on Iraq, but I think we should work closely with the Americans.”
        – The Report newsmagazine
  • Fixed election dates prevent governments from calling snap elections for short-term political advantage. They level the playing field for all parties and the rules are clear for everybody.”
        – CBC News
  • “The government is clear that it will not be seeking an early election. At any time Parliament can defeat the government and provoke an early election, if that is what the opposition irresponsibly chooses to do.”
        – Hansard