Mel Hurtig: "Contrary to what Stephen Harper and his cohorts would have you believe, it is possible to have a thriving economy, a healthy environment and a compassionate society. In fact, it is the only sustainable way forward."

“Beware of the leader who bangs the drums of war to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervour, for patriotism is a double-edged sword. It emboldens the blood just as it narrows the mind. When the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind is closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather the citizenry infused with fear and blinded by patriotism will offer up all of their rights and gladly do it so. How do I know this? For I am Caesar and I have done it!”

                                                 -Julius Caesar, 46 B.C.


Harper on Omnibus Bills
“I would argue that the subject matter of the bill is so diverse that a single vote on the content would put members in conflict with their own principles.... First, there is a lack of relevancy of these issues. The omnibus bills we have before us attempt to amend several different existing laws. Second, in the interest of democracy I ask: How can members represent their constituents on these various areas when they are forced to vote in a block on such legislation and on such concerns?”
-Stephen Harper, Reform Member of Parliament, 1994
Moore on the CBC
“We believe in the national public broadcaster. We have said that we will maintain or increase support for the CBC. That is our platform and we have said that before and we will commit to that.”  James Moore May 2011
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