Quotes of PM Stephen Harper

  • If you want to be a government in a minority Parliament, you have to work with other people.
  • But I’m very libertarian in the sense that I believe in small government and, as a general rule, I don’t believe in imposing values upon people.
  • This party will not take its position based on public opinion polls. We will not take a stand based on focus groups. We will not take a stand based on phone-in shows or householder surveys or any other vagaries of pubic opinion.
  • There’s going to be a new code on Parliament Hill: bend the rules, you will be punished; break the law, you will be charged; abuse the public trust, you will go to prison.
  • It’s never enough to show the country what we are against. We will offer them a positive vision for the future of this country.
  • I will strive to make this not the highest-spending country in the world, but instead the lowest taxing one.
  • If Ottawa giveth, then Ottawa can taketh away.
  • There is a Canadian culture that is in some ways unique to Canada, but I don’t think Canadian culture coincides neatly with borders.
  • In this context, given our common values and the political, economic and security interests that we share with the United States, there is now no more important foreign policy interest for Canada than maintaining the ability to exercise effective influence in Washington so as to advance unique Canadian policy objectives.
  • The world is now unipolar and contains only one superpower. Canada shares a continent with that superpower.
  • The time has come to recognize that the U.S. will continue to exercise unprecedented power in a world where international rules are still unreliable and where security and advancing of the free democratic order still depend significantly on the possession and use of military might.
  • We have in this country a federal government that increasingly is engaged in trying to determine which business, which regions, which industries will succeed, which will not through a whole range of economic development, regional development corporate subsidization programs.
  • Canada appears content to become a second-tier socialistic country, boasting ever more loudly about its economy and social services to mask its second-rate status.
  • 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.
  • You don’t defend national sovereignty with flags, cheap election rhetoric, and advertising campaigns.
  • I have always said that controversial issues of a moral or religious nature, such as abortion, should be settled by free votes of MPs, not by party policy.
  • Canada appears content to become a second-tier socialistic country, boasting ever more loudly about its economy and social services to mask its second-rate status.
  • The nature of our constitution is that everyone is supposed to be able to do their own thing in their own area of jurisdiction.
  • Canadians can disagree, but it takes a lot to get Canadians to intensely hate something or hate somebody. And it usually involves hockey.
  • I think there is a dangerous rise in defeatist sentiment in this country. I have said that repeatedly, and I mean it and believe it.
  • I believe that all taxes are bad.


Chris George is an Ottawa-based government affairs advisor and wordsmith, president of CG&A COMMUNICATIONS. Contact: ChrisG.George@gmail.com

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