Stephen Harper Quotes

Whether Canada ends up as o-ne national government or two national governments or several national governments or some other kind of arrangement is quite frankly secondary in my opinion.

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

If Ottawa giveth then Ottawa can taketh away.

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.

It's the idea that we just have to go along we can't change it things won't change. I think that's the sad part the sad reality traditional parties have bred in parts of Atlantic Canada.

After all enforced national bilingualism in this country isn't mere policy. It has attained the status of a religion. It's a dogma which one is supposed to accept without question.

Canada is big enough to make a difference but not big enough to threaten anybody. And that is a huge asset if it's properly used.

We've got to see a state where the Afghan government can handle its own day-to-day security.

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.

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

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

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

First of all I can't forget my first responsibility - which is to be the Leader of the Opposition and that's to provide an alternative government.

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.

Those of different faiths and no faith should seek areas of common agreement based on their different perspectives.

Redirect federal spending aimed at fulfilling the terms of the increasingly irrelevant Kyoto Protocol.

I don't know all the facts on Iraq but I think we should work closely with the Americans.

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.

It was probably not an appropriate term but we support the war effort and believe we should be supporting our troops and our allies and be there with them doing everything necessary to win.

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 ...

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

Make no mistake. Canada is not a bilingual country. In fact it is less bilingual today than it has ever been.

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

The government can only be brought down because it alienates several parties in the House.

Buying pollution credits is folly; it doesn't help the environment. Instead of using tax dollars to buy credits overseas we'll use them at home.

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

There is a dependence in the region that breeds a culture of defeatism

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.

I believe that all taxes are bad.

Our relationship with nature is more one of being than having. We are nature: we do not have nature.

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

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.

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

What we clearly need is experimentation with market reforms and private delivery options [in health care].

Canada is a vast and empty country.

The jackasses at Elections Canada are out of control.

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

The world is now unipolar and contains o-nly o-ne superpower. Canada shares a continent with that superpower.

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

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

As I constantly remind Canadians there isnt really a Canadian economy anymore. It is a global economy.

Corruption is not a Canadian value!

The Leader of the Opposition's constitutional obligation - the obligation to Parliament - it's the reason we did the merger! - is to make sure Canadians have an alternative for government.

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.

It was the removing of a regime that was hostile that clearly had the intention of constructing weapons systems.

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.

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

I think what everybody believes and agrees with and to be frank myself is that the current approach [to the drug trade] is not working but it is not clear what we should do.

If you want to diminish the number of abortions you've got to change hearts and not laws.

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

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

We got into a recession because the global economy went into the recession and we're a big exporting nation.

Don't indulge your theories think of your children and listen to the experts.

A transition is taking place in Egypt. In my judgement there is no going back. I think the old expression "They're not going to put the toothpaste back in the tube on this one.

I think people should elect a cat person. If you elect a dog person you elect someone who wants to be loved. If you elect a cat person you elect someone who wants to serve.

There is no greater fraud than a promise not kept.

I don't know if for sure in absolute terms if Jim Flaherty is the best Finance Minster in the world but I am sure that he is the best Finance Minster per inch in the world.

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.

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

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

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

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

Having hit a wall the next logical step is not to bang our heads against it.

I intend to lead my party which is the only party that has a serious policy on the No. 1 priority of the people and that is the economy.

Even if people are suspicious of the motives I think that learning and speaking two languages can only be a good thing for people.

I will strive to make this not the highest-spending country in the world but instead the lowest taxing o-ne.

America and particularly your conservative movement is a light and an inspiration to people in this country and across the world

Mr. Speaker I am sure the picture of the hon. member of the NDP [Svend Robinson] is posted in much more wonderful places than just police stations.

If we are willing to be still and open enough to listen wilderness itself will teach us.