Canadian Quotes

Man Quotation Marks`Everyone has a thought or opinion about Canada or Canadians. Some get printed or quoted somewhere. Here are just a few of them!



If some countries have too much history, we have too much geography“.

W.L. Mackenzie King (1874-1950)
Canadian Prime Minister

Canada Post doesn’t really charge thirty-two cents for a stamp. It’s two cents for postage and thirty cents for storage“.

Gerald Regan (born 1928 in Windsor, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Premier (1970-1978)


The most important thing about skating is that it teaches you to do the things you should do before you do the things you want to do“.

Barbara Ann Scott

Born 1928 in Ottawa (Ontario) – World Champion Figure Skater


The heart never knows the colour of the skin“.

Chief Dan George (1899-1981)


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“.

Stephen Harper
Born 1959 in Toronto – Politician, Conservative Party leader


Mr Day is a past master of reducing complex arguments to billboards. I’m not sure if he’s running for prime minister or game show host“.

Joe Clark
Born 1939 in High River (Alberta) – Politician, Prime Minister (1979-1980)


Edmonton isn’t really the end of the world — although you can see it from there“.

Ralph Klein (1921-)

Mayor of Calgary and premier of Alberta


We’ve got a stuttering newscaster. We’ve got the black, we’ve got the Asian, we’ve got the woman. I could be a lesbian, folk-dancing, black woman stutterer.”

Avery Haines
Canadian TV announcer, in an inadvertent on-air comment that led to her being fired.


I’m a Quebecker, I was born alienated.”

Laurier LaPierre (b. 1929)
Canadian historian and broadcaster


I think we are globally minded …. we’ve learned how to play the game and observe everything. Americans don’t do that … the English and the Americans tend to be insular…

Tom Cochrane (b. 1953 in Lynn Lake, Manitoba)
Singer / Songwriter


Toronto is a kind of New York operated by the Swiss.”

Peter Ustinov (born 1921 -)

English actor and writer


Wherever you go in the world, you just have to say you’re a Canadian and people laugh“.

John Candy (1950 – 1994)

Canadian comedian and actor


Quebec is part of Canada as much as a cat in the mouth of a crocodile is a part of the crocodile.”

Ralph Klein (born 1942 -)

Mayor of Calgary and premier of Alberta


In [Canada], there are nine months of winter and three months of road repair.”

Peter Hanson (born 1947 -)

Canadian physician and writer


Even when Canadian humour is awful it just lies there being awful in its own fresh way.”

Robert Thomas Allen (born 1911 -)

Canadian humorist and writer


The beaver is a good national symbol for Canada. He’s so busy chewing he can’t see what’s going on.”

Howard Cable (born 1920 – )

Canadian orchestra conductor


I didn’t know at first that there were two languages in Canada. I just thought that there was one way to speak to my father and another to talk to my mother.”

Louis St Laurent (1882 – 1973)

Canadian prime minister


The climate of Manitoba consists of seven months of Arctic weather and five months of cold weather.”

Settler’s Guide to the North-West (1882)

issued by the Northern Pacific Railway Company, New York


I am inclined to believe that this is the land God gave to Cain.”

Jacques Cartier (1491 – 1557)

French explorer


Britons put up with, Americans fix, while Canadians cope.”

Margaret Mead (1901 – 1978)

American anthropologist


The Eskimo have fifty-two names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love.”

Margaret Atwood (born 1939)

Canadian writer


We have the mounties, they have the FBI. Can you imagine the FBI doing the Musical Ride?

Dave Broadfoot (born 1925)

Canadian comedian


The Americans are our best friends, whether we like it or not.”

Robert Thompson (born 1914 -)

Canadian politician


Canada and Mexico, as the saying goes, have one common problem between them.”

J. C. OgelsbyOgelsby

Canadian historian


Unconsciously, Canadians feel that any people can live where the climate is gentle. It takes a special people to prosper where nature makes it so hard.

Robert MacNeil (born 1931 – )

Canadian-born American broadcaster and writer


Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts.

Pierre Elliott Trudeau

Canadian prime minister


How would you like a job where, every time you make a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?

Jacques Plante (1929 – 1986)

Canadian hockey player


I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it’s been.”

Wayne Gretzky (born 1961 – )

Canadian hockey player


Pity the poor creatures in warmer countries where the seasons never change. Where summer is eternal and they never know the pain of waiting and the joy at last when summer comes.

Ray Guy (born 1939 – )

Canadian columnist


All pro athletes are bilingual. They speak English and profanity.”

Gordon Howe (born 1928 – )

Canadian hockey player


Canada is a country so square that even the female impersonators are women.

Richard Benner

American comedian


A Canadian is somebody who knows how to make love in a canoe.”

Pierre Berton (born 1920)

Canadian writer and broadcaster


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