Sir Wilfrid Laurier

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“As the 19th century was that of the United States, so I think the 20th century shall be filled by Canada.” Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier, speaking to the Canadian Club on Jan. 18, 1904.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau

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‘Well, there are lot of bleeding hearts around who just don’t like to see people with helmets and guns. All I can say is, go on and bleed, but it is more important to keep law and order in the society than to be worried about weak-kneed people who don’t like the looks of … ‘
‘At any cost? How far would you go with that? How far would you extend that?’
‘Well, just watch me.’ Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, speaking to journalists Oct. 13, 1970, at an impromptu interview during the October Crisis. Three days later, Trudeau invoked the War Measures Act, giving the police the right to arrest and detain people on suspicion alone.

Jean Drapeau

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‘The Olympics can no more lose money than a man can have a baby.’ Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau on Jan. 29, 1973, after his city was awarded the 1976 Summer Olympics. Those Olympics ran up a debt of $1.5 billion that was not completely paid off until 2006.

Pierre Berton

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‘A true Canadian is one who can make love in a canoe without tipping it.’ Author Pierre Berton, as quoted in a story in The Canadian Magazine, Dec. 22, 1973.

Brian Mulroney

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‘You had an option, sir, to say, ‘no.’ And you chose to say, ‘yes’ to the old attitudes and the old stories of the Liberal Party.’ Conservative Leader Brian Mulroney, attacking Liberal Leader John Turner on patronage appointments during a leaders’ debate July 25, 1984 in the election campaign. The remark was considered a pivotal point in the election, which Mulroney and the Conservatives won with a record 211 seats.

Phil Esposito

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‘We cannot believe the bad press we’ve got, the booing we’ve gotten in our own buildings. I’m really disappointed, completely disappointed. I cannot believe it. Some of our guys are really, really down in the dumps. We’re trying, hell, we’re doing the best we can. They got a good team; let’s face facts. But it doesn’t mean that we’re not giving it our 150 per cent. We certainly are.’ Phil Esposito’s televised post-game rant after Canada lost Game 4 of hockey’s Summit Series against the Soviet Union on Sept. 8, 1972 and were booed off the ice. Canada had just one win and a tie in the first four games but rallied to win the series once it moved to the Soviet Union. Many credited Esposito’s speech as a turning point.

Conn Smythe

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‘If you can’t lick ’em in the alley, you can’t beat ’em on the ice.’ Toronto Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe, as quoted in a January 1952 article in Maclean’s magazine, explaining his fierce philosophy of hockey.

Jean Chretien

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‘For me, pepper, I put it on my plate.’ Prime Minister Jean Chretien, responding to a question Nov. 25, 1997 about the RCMP using pepper spray to control protesters at the APEC summit in Vancouver.

Mackenzie King

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‘Not necessarily conscription but conscription if necessary.’ Prime Minister Mackenzie King in the House of Commons on June 10, 1942. Recognizing the divide that invoking wartime conscription would entail (English Canada favoured it, French Canada did not), King chose to straddle an ambiguous line. King would eventually use conscription in the Second World War, further cementing the division between the two languages.

Marshall McLuhan

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‘The medium is the message.’ Communications guru Marshall McLuhan, writing in his 1964 book ‘Understanding Media.’ This aphorism, in which McLuhan maintained that the content of communication was influenced by its form, immediately became very popular and has been widely quoted since its publication.

Bob and Doug McKenzie

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‘Take off, eh!’ One of the many signature lines from the dimwitted fictional brothers Bob and Doug McKenzie, as played by comedians Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas. The McKenzie brothers enjoyed their greatest popularity in the early 1980s on the sketch comedy show ‘SCTV,’ releasing a popular record (‘The Great White North’) in 1981 and making a movie (‘Strange Brew’) in 1983.

Terry Fox

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‘How many people do something they really believe in? I just wish people would realize that anything’s possible, if you try: dreams are made, if people try. When I started this run, I said that if we all gave one dollar, we’d have $22 million for cancer research, and I don’t care man, there’s no reason that isn’t possible. No reason. I’d like to see everybody go kind of wild, inspired with the fundraising.’ Terry Fox on July 10, 1980 after being forced to end his Marathon of Hope cross-Canada run for cancer research because of recurring cancer in his body. Since Fox’s death in 1981, the annual Terry Fox Run in Canada has raised more than $550 million.

John McCrae

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‘In Flanders fields the poppies blow …’ Opening line from In Flanders Fields, the war poem composed by Canadian soldier John McCrae on May 3, 1915. McCrae, serving as a surgeon in the Canadian Field Artillery, wrote the poem after the death of a friend in the Battle of Ypres. The poem was published in December of 1915 but only came to be used at Remembrance Day ceremonies after McCrae died of double pneumonia on Jan. 28, 1918.