Famous Quotes By Stephen Harper


  1. 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.
  2. As a religion, bilingualism is the god that failed. It has led to no fairness, produced no unity, and cost Canadian taxpayers untold millions.
  3. First of all, I can't forget my first responsibility - which is to be the Leader of the Opposition and that's to provide an alternative government.
  4. Human rights commissions, as they are evolving, are an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society... It is in fact totalitarianism. I find this is very scary stuff.
  5. I do not intend to dispute in any way the need for defence cuts and the need for government spending cuts in general. I do not share a not in my backyard approach to government spending reductions.
  6. I don't believe an Alliance government should sponsor legislation on abortion or a referendum on abortion.
  7. I have no difficulty with the recognition of civil unions for non-traditional relationships but I believe in law we should protect the traditional definition of marriage.
  8. I think first and foremost everybody should understand that Canadians are strongly committed to the system of universal health insurance, to the principle that your ability to pay does not determine your access to critical medical service.
  9. I think the way to change it is to handle issues individually when it's essential to do so.
  10. If you want to be a government in a minority Parliament, you have to work with other people.
  11. It's the government's obligation to look really to the third parties to get the support to govern.
  12. I've always been clear, I support the traditional definition of marriage.
  13. Look, I think the worst case scenario is obvious. I think first of all it doesn't work for very long. It's an unstable government that raises taxes and destroys the image we're building for Canada as a strong place to invest.
  14. On the justification for the war, it wasn't related to finding any particular weapon of mass destruction.
  15. The government can only be brought down because it alienates several parties in the House.
  16. The Leader of the Opposition's constitutional obligation - the obligation to Parliament - it's the reason we did the merger! - is to make sure Canadians have an alternative for government.
  17. We should have been there shoulder to shoulder with our allies. Our concern is the instability of our government as an ally. We are playing again with national and global security matters.
  18. We'll support the government on issues if it's essential to the country but our primary responsibility is not to prop up the government, our responsibility is to provide an opposition and an alternative government for Parliament and for Canadians.
  19. We've got to see a state where the Afghan government can handle its own day-to-day security.
  20. What the government has to do, if it wants to govern for any length of time, is it must appeal primarily to the third parties in the House of Commons to get them to support it.
  21. Whether Canada ends up as o-ne national government or two national governments or several national governments, or some other kind of arrangement is, quite frankly, secondary in my opinion.

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