Canada Speaks Out!

if you admit you know nothing, you have a blueprint for a breakthrough.
Shane Koyczan

Just because the cat had kittens in the oven,
that don’t make’em biscuits.

Nova Scotia folk wisdom

I just think you Westerners should take over this country if you are so smart.
Pierre Trudeau
, Prime Minister

There are few, if any, Canadian men
that have never spelled their name
in a snow bank.

Douglas Coupland, writer

Canada was built on dead beavers.
Margaret Atwood, writer

Man can now fly in the air like a bird,
swim under the ocean like a fish,
he can burrow into the ground like a mole.
Now if only he could walk the earth like a man,
this would be paradise.

Tommy Douglas, United Church minister and Member of Parliament

"If some countries have too much history,
we have too much geography".

W.L. Mackenzie King, Prime Minister

Canada is the only country in the world
that knows how to live without an identity.

Marshall McLuhan

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.
Jim Carey, actor

There's something romantic about being Canadian. We're a relatively unpopulated, somewhat civilized and clean and resourceful country.
I always push the fact that I'm Canadian.

k.d. Lang, singer

Courage, my friends; 'tis not too late to build a better world.
Sir John A. MacDonald, Ist Prime minister

Canadians can be radical, but they must be radical in their own peculiar way, and that way must be in harmony with our national traditions and ideals.
Agnes MacPhail, (1890-1954) First woman elected to the Canadian Parliament

If you’re not annoying somebody,
you’re not really alive.

Margaret Atwood, writer

Never retract, never explain, never apologize –
get the thing done and let them howl!

Nellie McClung Canadian feminist, Member of parliament

Freedom includes the right to say
what others may object to and resent…
The essence of citizenship is to be tolerant
of strong and provocative words.

John Diefenbaker, Prime Minister

Violence is the quest for identity.
When identity disappears with technological innovation,
violence is the natural recourse.

Marshall McLuhan, 1970.

I never have gone to the James Bay;
I never go to it; I never shall.
But somehow I'd feel lonely without it."

Stephen Leacock

World War III is a guerrilla information war
with no division between military and civilian participation."

Marshall McLuhan

All things conspire to make us one.
Gwendolyn MacEwen, poet

Politics is the science which teaches people
to care for each other.

William Lyon MacKenzie, printer, publisher, revolutionary 1837

Animation is not the art of drawings that move,
but the art of movements that are drawn.
What happens between each frame is more important
than what happens on each frame.
Animation, therefore, is that art
of manipulating the invisible.

Norman McLaren, National Film Board of Canada animator

For the first time in human history
we have enough power, energy, and ability
to program the entire human environment
as a work of art.

Marshall McLuhan 1966

Our conventional response to all media,
namely that it is how they are used that counts,
is the numb stance of the technological idiot.

Marshall McLuhan 1964

The new electronic interdependence recreates
the world in the image
of a global village
Marshall McLuhan 1967

The dinosaur didn't know it was extinct either.
Marshall McLuhan 1967

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.

Stephen Harper, Politician, Conservative Party leader

The climate of Manitoba consists of seven months
of Arctic weather and five months of cold weather.

Settler's Guide to the North-West (1882)

How would you like a job where, every time you make a mistake,
a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?

Jacques Plante, goalie

"I skate to where the puck is going to be,
not where it's been.
Wayne Gretzky, winger

more to come...

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