But the Queen, though she may think it good for you to adopt civilized habits, has no idea of compelling you to do so. This she leaves to your choice, and you need not live like the white man unless you can be persuaded to do so of your own free will.
That [Quebec] Conference was held accordingly; our Delegates… were induced to give their assent to the scheme of Confederation; and it is not only, with the intention of convincing the Imperial Government that the people of Prince Edward Island are most decidedly opposed to a Union with Canada upon any terms, but also to prevent the possibility of…sending delegates to the London Conference…that the wording of the Resolutions are so strong and conclusive.
…we were glad to hear you tell us how we might live by our own work. When I commence to settle on the lands… I beg of you to assist me in every way possible—when I am at a loss how to proceed I want the advice and assistance of the Government; the children yet unborn, I wish you to treat them in like manner as they advance in civilization like the white man.
There is an infancy and a youth and a maturity in nations as there is in men, and while I yield to no man in my desire to retain the connection which we have with the Parent State, while I trust and hope that the day may be far distant when the ties that unite us may be severed, I cannot shut my eyes to the fact that in the future—however distant that future may be—we shall have to assume the responsibilities of a separate national existence.
The whale merely swallowed Jonah, but the Finance Minister swallowed both himself and whatever principles he ever had.
The arrangements between the Provinces reminds me of an anecdote … A cat and a monkey went to market to buy cheese … and on returning home, in order to make a division procured a pair of scales;—the monkey was careful to cut one piece larger than the other, and when it did not weigh evenly he got permission to taste, and so went on cutting and tasting until the cheese had nearly disappeared, and when the cat remonstrated she was threatened with a hiding.
…what he had said was that after descending the slopes of the Rocky Mountains, the country was the roughest on the continent.
I keep seeking a conclusion in terms of the ability of the little fellow to carry on — the little fellow who hasn‘t got a Cadillac to his name, and who never gets to attend a community concert, but who nevertheless makes up the fibre and sinew of the nation
If the government had considered Manitoba and the Northwest Territories together, and had formed them into two provinces instead of three, it would have been a far better arrangement. [...] I think it is pretty generally conceded that it would be to the advantage of the maritime provinces to have only one local government instead of three.
I would never consent to it [representation by population], unless there are other protections to counterbalance it, I attempted to explain the effects of representation by populations, as contained in the Scheme, but I do not know how to provide checks, and if checks cannot be provided, I will never give my consent to representation by population.