John A. Macdonald
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- As for myself, my course is clear. A British subject I was born — a British subject I will die. With my utmost effort, with my latest breath, will I oppose the ‘veiled treason’ which attempts by sordid means and mercenary proffers to lure our people from their allegiance.
- February 3, 1891 as the 1891 election was called, fought largely over the issue of free trade with the United States.
- Simple: As for myself, a British citizen I was born and a British citizen I will die. With my hardest effor, with my last breath as I die, I will oppose the hidden treasons which attempts by shameful means and bribes to lure our citizens away from Britian.
- Let us be English or let us be French... but above all let us be Canadians.
- Simple: There are different groups of people in Canada, but we should all be Canadians first.
- Yes, but the people would prefer John A. drunk to George Brown sober.
- Responding to a heckler. (from John A: The Man Who Made Us by Richard J. Gwyn)
- He hoped that Britain and Canada would have "a healthy and cordial alliance. Instead of looking upon us as a merely dependent colony, England will have in us a friendly nation, a subordinate but still a powerful people to stand by her in North America in peace or in war." - 1865
- Simple: He hoped that Britain and Canada would have a strong alliance. And instead of them looking at us as a merely self-governing colony, England will see us a friendly nation and ally, a submissive, but still strong people to stand by her.
- I get sick ... not because of drink [but because] I am forced to listen to the ranting of my honourable opponent.
- During the election of 1863, Sir John A. Macdonald threw up during a campaign speech and when his opponent pointed this out, Macdonald shot back with this answer.
- Simple: I get sick...not because I get drunk, but because I have to listent to my opponent talk.
- We must protect the rights of minorities, and the rich are always fewer in number than the poor.
- Sir John A. Macdonald said this in the privacy of the Quebec Conference of 1864 when they were constructing the Senate.
- The scheme as a whole has met with almost universal approval.
- Talking to the legistlature about confederation.
- Simple: Almost everyone has agreed/accepted the plan (for Confederation.)
- I would be quite willing, personally, to leave that whole country a wilderness for the next half-century but I fear if Englishmen do not go there, Yankees will.
- Letter to Sir Edward W. Watkin-1865.
- Simple: For the next 50 years I would be willing to leave the west as a wilderness, but I fear if we do not settle it, the Americans will.
- I say that there is a deliberate conspiracy, by force, by fraud, or by both, to force Canada into the American Union.
- Speech, Academy of Music, Toronto-1891.
- Simple: I believe there is a plan by violence, fraud, or both to force Canada to become part of America.
- Anyone can support me when they think I'm right. What I want is someone that will support me when I am wrong.
- Yes, In my Canada the rich will always be a minority
- Asked if he believe in minority rights.
- Ain't I the old devil though?
- After being read aloud a long list of political mistakes.