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Quotes of the Day for 1 July 2003 – Canada Day

My perspective, formed by growing up on the northern edge of the US, looking at Victoria across the water, is probably more than a little Canadian. I empathized with 'Joe' in the brilliant 'Molson rant' TV commercial that ran back in 2000: "The beaver is a truly proud and noble animal, a touque is a hat, a Chesterfield is a couch, and it is pronounced zedd, not zee, zedd. Canada is the second largest land mass, the first nation of hockey, and the best part of North America." Their money looks a lot better than ours does, and they have the self confidence to call their dollar coin the 'Loonie.' In honor of Canada Day (Dominion Day to the traditionalists), some quotes relating to Canada.

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The quotes:

We peer so suspiciously at each other that we cannot see that we Canadians are standing on a mountaintop of human wealth, freedom, and privilege.
     - Pierre Elliott Trudeau, New Year's message, 31 December 1980

For some reason a glaze passes over people's faces when you say Canada. Maybe we should invade South Dakota or something.
     - Sandra Gotlieb, wife of the Canadian ambassador to the US

That long [Canadian] frontier from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, guarded only by neighborly respect and honorable obligations, is an example to every country and a pattern for the future of the world.
     - Winston Churchill

It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw, not because she is Canada but because she's something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are a part of.
     - Emily Carr

Canadians have an abiding interest in surprising those Americans who have historically made little effort to learn about their neighbour to the North.
     - Peter Jennings

I accept now with equanimity the question so constantly addressed to me, "Are you an American?" and merely return the accurate answer, "Yes, I am a Canadian."
     - Lester Bowles Pearson, 1897 - 1972, Canadian Prime Minister 1963 - 1968


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