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Stephen Harper Speaks

From August 30, 2008

"You have 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 ghettos and are not integrated into Western Canadian society." - Stephen Harper in 2001

"For taxpayers, however, it's a rip-off. And it has nothing to do with gender. Both men and women taxpayers will pay additional money to both men and women in the civil service. That's why the federal government should scrap its ridiculous pay equity law." - Stephen Harper on pay equity, 1998

"Human rights commissions, as they are evolving, are an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society... I find this is very scary stuff." - Stephen Harper in 1999

"Kyoto is essentially a socialist scheme to suck money out of wealth-producing nations." - Stephen Harper in 2002

"Canada is a Northern European welfare state in the worst sense of the term, and very proud of it." - Stephen Harper to a conservative American lobby group, in 1997

"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." - Stephen Harper, from the same speech.

With all apologies to Stephen Harper, he did not actually say, "It's past time the feds scrapped the Canada Health Act." -- That's actually a quote from the newsletter of the National Citizens Coalition at a time when Stephen Harper was merely its Vice-President.

So it's little surprise that Stephen Harper, as president of the National Citizens Coalition in 2001, was out in public claiming, "One of the things that we suggested specifically was that the Alberta Government take on the Canada Health Act."

'Scrap' is such a nicer word when you pronounce it 'take on'.