I have always believed governments must adapt to the needs of the people, not the other way around.
The election is not a time to discuss serious issues.
If you never encounter anything in your community that offends you, then you are not living in a free society.
I'd be prouder still to say I was Canada's 10th woman prime minister.
Canadians want to see real hope restored, not false hopes raised.
Canada is the homeland of equality, justice and tolerance.
Our first Prime Minister saw a country that would be known for its generosity of spirit. And so it is.
We now know that unity, the cornerstone of Canada's greatness and prosperity, is above all a matter of emotion and reason for every citizen.
I believe that Canadians have the common sense to see that a better future cannot be built on fragmentation.
I believe it is time for new leadership that is able to leave the '70s behind.
In all modesty, we must admit that governments are not always the best doctors when it comes to diagnosing economic ailments and prescribing the right treatment.
There are certain things in gun control that have a certain public appeal, but when you're legislating you need to look at the research on what works, what doesn't, and what really has an impact, recognizing you're never going to do away entirely with gun violence
[When criticized for appearing bare-shouldered Madonna-like at a banquet:] A comparison between Madonna and me is a comparison between a strapless evening gown and a gownless evening strap.
We Canadians are not given as a people to great patriotic displays.
Government cannot and must not replace private initiative.
There's no evidence that registering guns reduces the level of gun violence. It's not that I don't think it's something worth doing, (but) it's something you do much later.
For too many, to work means having less income.
For people on social assistance, the loss of free dental care, prescription drugs and subsidized housing can greatly outweigh additional income from working. We've all heard the stories.
For over 20 years, the federal and provincial governments have made enormous efforts employing a variety of approaches in an attempt to stimulate Montreal's economy.
To suggest that Quebecers willingly give up the chance to exercise fully their influence within the federal government would be to betray the historical role Quebec has always played in Confederation, and to undermine the legitimacy of their pride and ambitions.
On the same day I was sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada, I announced the most sweeping reform ever undertaken in the structure of our federal government.
Religion gets in the way of morality.
There is no greater honour than to serve Canadians.
Progressive Conservative candidates from Quebec want to exert real power in Ottawa, not simply be content with playing a secondary role.
I know Quebecers don't want to relive old battles; they prefer to build for the future.
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