As a religion, bilingualism is the god that failed. It has led to no fairness, produced no unity, and cost Canadian taxpayers untold millions.

— Stephen Harper

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There's going to be a new code on Parliament Hill: bend the rules, you will be punished; break the law, you will be charged; abuse the public trust, you will go to prison.

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Carbon dioxide does not cause or contribute to smog, and the Kyoto treaty would do nothing to reduce or prevent smog.

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My own views on abortion, I'm not on either pole of that and neither of the interest groups on either end of this issue would probably be comfortable with my views.

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But I'm very libertarian in the sense that I believe in small government and, as a general rule, I don't believe in imposing values upon people.

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We have to remember we're in a global economy.

The purpose of fiscal stimulus is not simply to sustain activity in our national economies, but to help the global economy as well, and that's why it's so critical that measures in those packages avoid anything that smacks of protectionism.

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I think we're vastly over-invested in universities.

Universities should be relatively small and provide excellent education and research in a number of specialized areas. I think the vast majority of young people should be going through non-university, post-secondary training.

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In terms of the unemployed, of which we have over a million-and-a-half, don't feel particularly bad for many of these people. They don't feel bad about it themselves, as long as they're receiving generous social assistance and unemployment insurance.

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Restoring accountability will be one of the major priorities of our new government. Accountability is what ordinary Canadians, working Canadians, those people who pay their bills, pay their taxes, expect from their political leaders.

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Evil comes in many forms and seems to reinvent itself time and again.

But whatever it calls itself - Nazism, Marxist-Leninism, today, terrorism - they all have one thing in common: the destruction, the end of human liberty.

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You don't defend national sovereignty with flags, cheap election rhetoric, and advertising campaigns.

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It's past time the feds scrapped the Canada Health Act.

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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.

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About Stephen Harper

Quotes 123 sayings
Nationality Canadian
Profession Politician
Birthday April 30, 1959

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.

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Everybody makes money when times are good.

It's when times are not so good that the groundwork is laid for the next generation.

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You've got to remember that west of Winnipeg the ridings the Liberals hold are dominated by people who are either recent Asian immigrants or recent migrants from eastern Canada: people who live in ghettoes and who are not integrated into western Canadian society.

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Canada is a Northern European welfare state in the worst sense of the term, and very proud of it.

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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.

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It`s all part of the pattern. This is a story of scandal and corruption, investigations, refusals to take responsibility. If this government continues in office, this will continue.

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We have in this country a federal government that increasingly is engaged in trying to determine which business, which regions, which industries will succeed, which will not through a whole range of economic development, regional development corporate subsidization programs.

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The single most important duty of the federal government is to protect and defend our national sovereignty. There are new and disturbing reports of American nuclear submarines passing though Canadian waters without obtaining the permission of, or even notifying, the Canadian government.

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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.

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The Liberals may blather about protecting cultural minorities, but the fact is that undermining the traditional definition of marriage is an assault on multiculturalism and the practices in those communities.

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I think because we're such a trading nation, I think Canadians understand that first and foremost we're part of the global economy.

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Too often in the past, our Armed Forces have returned to Canada from their trials with little fanfare. Not so today. Canadians across the country came out in force, united in appreciation, to honour the bravery, heroism, strength and sacrifice of those who fought for freedom and security in Afghanistan.

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It's not sufficient in the internet age to communicate through the media;

you have to be able to do it on the ground, door by door, coffee shop by coffee shop, shop floor by shop floor. You really have to do that as well.

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I think in Atlantic Canada, because of what happened in the decades following Confederation, there is a culture of defeat that we have to overcome.

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I think when ordinary working people come home, turn on the TV and see a gala of a bunch of people at, you know, a rich gala all subsidized by taxpayers claiming their subsidies aren't high enough, when they know those subsidies have actually gone up - I'm not sure that's something that resonates with ordinary people.

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Canada remains alienated from its allies, shut out of the reconstruction process to some degree, unable to influence events. There is no upside to the position Canada took.

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I don't believe an Alliance government should sponsor legislation on abortion or a referendum on abortion.

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There is a Canadian culture that is in some ways unique to Canada, but I don't think Canadian culture coincides neatly with borders.

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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.

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I don't get into that second guessing of myself publicly.

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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.

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On the justification for the war, it wasn't related to finding any particular weapon of mass destruction.

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If you want to be a government in a minority Parliament, you have to work with other people.

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Now 'pay equity' has everything to do with pay and nothing to do with equity.

It’s based on the vague notion of 'equal pay for work of equal value,' which is not the same as equal pay for the same job.

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We're not going to scrap the budget and make up some totally new platform the day after the election. So it's certainly willingness to compromise but we're not going back on the fundamental things we're running on in this campaign.

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The world is now unipolar and contains o-nly o-ne superpower.

Canada shares a continent with that superpower.

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I've always been clear, I support the traditional definition of marriage.

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Universality has been severely reduced: it is virtually dead as a concept in most areas of public policy.

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The continued increase in many crime indicators and the fact that the overall crime rate has not seen a marked decrease while the Liberals have been in power is a clear indication that the Liberal approach to combating crime, as on so many other issues, has failed.

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It's the government's obligation to look really to the third parties to get the support to govern.

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I think the way to change it is to handle issues individually when it's essential to do so.

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This party will not take its position based on public opinion polls.

We will not take a stand based on focus groups. We will not take a stand based on phone-in shows or householder surveys or any other vagaries of pubic opinion.

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Canada receives the news of the death of Osama Bin Laden with sober satisfaction. Sadly, others will take his place.

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I forget what the relevant American rate is, but I can tell you that our goal is to have a combined federal-provincial corporate tax rate of no more than 25 percent. We're on target to do that by 2012. We will have significantly - by a significant margin the lowest corporate tax rates in the G-7, and that's our - our government's objective.

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But I've been very clear in this campaign - I don't believe the party should have a position on abortion.

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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.

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The job numbers are positive. We've had more jobs created now than were lost during the recession. We're seeing that the creation, we're seeing those numbers not only grow but shift toward the private sector and shift toward full-time employment and these are all signs that the recovery is taking some hold but we're not out of woods.

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