THOUGHTS ABOUT CANADA
At Camp Ahmek, I discovered the beauty of my country, and a patriotism not learned in school, or taught from books…
Pierre Elliot Trudeau
Our hopes are high. Our faith in the people is great. Our courage is strong. And our dreams for this beautiful country will never die.
Pierre Elliot Trudeau
Canada is the linchpin of the English-speaking world.
Sir Winston Churchill
Canada is like your attic, you forget that it's up there, but when you go, it's like "Oh man, look at all this great stuff!"
A Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe.
Pierre Burton, historian
Canadians are the people who learned to live without the bold accents of the natural ego-trippers of other lands.
Canadians have been so busy explaining to the Americans that we aren't British, and to the British that we aren't Americans that we haven't had time to become Canadians.
Helen Gordon McPherson
Vive la Canada. This country is not for sale.
You look at the history -- the aboriginal people welcomed the first settlers here with open arms, fed us and took care of us ... that continues today, we welcome people from all nations to come in and share.
I always thought of this as God's country.
In any world menu, Canada must be considered the vichyssoise of nations, it's cold, half-French, and difficult to stir.
It's going to be a great country when they finish unpacking it.
Andrew H. Malcom
I want to thank all the Canadians who came out today to wave to me - with all five fingers!
President George W. Bush (during his first visit to Ottawa Nov. 30, 2004)
There are no limits to the majestic future which lies before the mighty expanse of Canada with its verile, aspiring, cultured, and generous-hearted people.
Sir Winston Churchill
The great themes of Canadian history are as follows: Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear.
"Toronto is a kind of New York operated by the Swiss."
Unconsciously, Canadians feel that any people can live where the climate is gentle. It takes a special people to prosper where nature makes it so hard."
"Give me a good canoe, a pair of Jibway snowshoes, my beaver, my family and ten thousand square miles of wilderness and I am happy."
The Canadians of those days, at least, possessed a roving spirit of adventure which carried them further, in exposure to hardship and danger, than ever the New England colonist went, and led them, though not to clear and colonize the wilderness, yet to range over it as coureurs de bois, or runners of the woods, or, as Hontan prefers to call them, coureurs de risques, runners of risks.
Henry David Thoreau
Canada has never been a melting-pot; more like a tossed salad.
The enemy must be beaten only to the point where he has no more desire and capability to fight. But a foreign nation must believe that attacking Canada would be like sticking its finger into a buzz saw.
Chris Vokes, Major-General, "Vokes: My War" (1985)
"This tree, which grows in our valleys, on our rocks . . .grows fast, and when it is tall and strong, does not fear storms and overcomes the North wind which is unable to shake it. The maple is the king of our forest; it is the emblem of the Canadian people."
We're not the public service of Canada, we're not just another department. We are the Canadian Forces, and our job is to be able to kill people.
- Jul 2005 Gen Hillier, Chief of the Defence Staff
I had as comrades in my [World War I army] section men whose names were: Cameron, Kimora, English, Gleidenstein, de Chapin, O'Shaughnessy. We didn't fall in or fall out as Irish Canadians, French Canadians, Dutch Canadians, Japanese Canadians. We wore the same uniform, with the same maple leaf badge, and we were proud to be known as Canadians, to serve as Canadians and to die, if it had to be, as Canadians.
Lester B. Pearson
"If anybody can do it, the Canadians can." -on fighting ability of Canadian troops
Montreal's not a city. It's a Disney World for alcoholics.
~ Mike Wilmot, comedian
I must say, however, that although Florida may have a more favourable climate than anything I've seen and its soil may be more fruitful, you could hardly hope to find a more beautiful country than Canada.
~ Samuel de Champlain, explorer, "Savages," 1603.
"The good thing about being on tour is getting to go overseas to places like Canada."