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Happy Birthday Sir John A. Macdonald

Happy birthday to the Father of Confederation, our country’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Take a look at the By George Journal archive of posts on this storied man.   Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

Quotes of PM Paul Martin

     For years governments have been promising more than they can deliver, and delivering more than they can afford. As a people, we know what we can do, we know how to do it, and we just want to get on with it. How? By ensuring that Canada’s place in the world is one of influence and pride. I rise in support of a Canada in which liberties are safeguarded, rights are protected and the people of this land are treated as equals under the law. If we do not step forward, then we step back. If we do not…

Quotes of PM Jean Chretien

      A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It’s a proof. A proof is a proof. And when you have a good proof, it’s because it’s proven. We are not going to change. We are going to continue defending our cause and our socialism. When you’re a mayor and you have a problem you blame the provincial government. If you are provincial government and you have a problem you blame the federal government. We don’t blame the Queen any more, so once in a while we might blame the Americans. Even some of the bureaucrats want to…

Quotes of PM Brian Mulroney

      You had an option, sir. You could have said, ‘I am not going to do it. This is wrong for Canada, and I am not going to ask Canadians to pay the price.’ 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. That sir, if I may say respectfully, that is not good enough for Canadians. You accumulate political capital to spend it on noble causes for Canada. If you’re afraid to spend your capital, you shouldn’t be there. There are so many demands…

Quotes of PMs Joe Clark, John Turner and Kim Campbell

    We will not take this nation by storm, by stealth or by surprise. We will win it by work. – Joseph Clark This is a very complicated country. You have to understand it, you have to respect it, and I think our most successful prime ministers have been people who have drawn together the diversity of the country. – Joseph Clark I know there are scars and wounds from battles fought. It is a different day and a different process. – Joseph Clark One of the luxuries of a politician’s life is that you see yourself as others see…

Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s Trudeauisms

My life is one long curve, full of turning points. Luck, that’s when preparation and opportunity meet. The essential ingredient of politics is timing. In academic life you seek to state absolute truths; in politics you seek to accommodate truth to the facts around you. We wish nothing more, but we will accept nothing less. Masters in our own house we must be, but our house is the whole of Canada. I am trying to put Quebec in its place — and the place of Quebec is in Canada. Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and…

Lester B. Pearson unveiling the Canadian Flag

     “And so the new Flag, joining and rising above the milestones of our history, today takes for the first time its proud place as the emblem of Canada, “The Maple Leaf Our Emblem Dear.”  May the land over which this new Flag flies remain united in freedom and justice; a land of decent God-fearing people; fair and generous in all its dealings; sensitive, tolerant and compassionate towards all men; industrious, energetic, resolute; wise, and just in the giving of security and opportunity equally to all its cultures; and strong in its adherence to those moral principles which are the…

Quotes of PM Lester B. Pearson

   I have done it by hard work and long hours, by making it evident that I was available for whatever was to be done; by welcoming every opportunity for new and more responsible duties; and by accumulating all the experience possible in all the varied aspects of my profession. Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects. The choice, however, is as clear now for nations as it was once for the individual: peace or extinction. The grim fact is that we prepare for war like precocious giants, and for peace like retarded pygmies. It would be especially tragic…

More political musings from “The Chief”

I don’t campaign. I just visit with the people. Nothing I ever do is political. I never say anything provocative. I do not say that everything I did was right, but what I do say, Mr. Speaker, is that what I did was honest. I was criticized for being too much concerned with the average Canadians. I can’t help that; I am one of them! The Liberals are the flying saucers of politics. No one can make head nor tail of them and they never are seen twice in the same place. Everyone is against me – except the people!…

John George Diefenbaker on politics and Parliament

I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind. Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.” As long as there is a drop of blood in my body they won’t stop me from talking about freedom. Freedom includes the right to say what others may object to and resent… The…