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"Long live free Quebec!" - Charles De Gaulle

"Long live Montreal, Long live Quebec! Long live Free Quebec!" - Charles De Gaulle

"If Quebec separates I will go with it, my loyalties are with Quebec" - Pierre Pettigrew

"Long live Quebec! Long live Free Quebec! Long live French Canada! Long live France!" - Charles De Gaulle

"Why would it be ridiculous that Quebec has an army?" - Gilles Duceppe

"Quebec does not have Opinions, but only sentiments." - Wilfrid Laurier

"We do not want the Quebec nation to disappear." - Pauline Marois

"My quality of life here in Quebec City is extraordinary." - Patrick Roy

"Everything bad about France was transferred to Quebec." - Jacques Villeneuve

"I am trying to put Quebec in its place - and the place of Quebec is in Canada." - Pierre Trudeau

"New Canada must be workable without Quebec, but it must be open and attractive enough to include a New Quebec." - Preston Manning

"Well, I am trying to put Quebec in its place - and the place of Quebec is in Canada, nowhere else." - Pierre Trudeau

"Recognizing Quebec as being different, recognizing our history, recognizing our identity, has never meant a weakening of Quebec and has never been a threat to national unity." - Jean Charest

"Quebec from the boat looked like the ramparts where Hamlet's ghost might have walked." - Charlie Chaplin

"Something I don't want to do, ever, is to put Quebec in a position of weakness." - Philippe Couillard

"In Quebec, we can no longer increase taxes if we want to stay competitive." - Philippe Couillard

"Gentlemen, I would rather have written those lines than take Quebec tomorrow." - James Wolfe

"From that moment on, there will be an irreversible process to separate Quebec from Canada." - Jean Charest

"I want my own country, not against Canada but for Quebec." - Gilles Duceppe

"The biggest risk to Quebec isn't sovereignty. It is staying in Canada." - Pauline Marois

"There was a young man of Quebec Who was frozen in snow to his neck, When asked, 'Are you Friz?' He replied, 'Yes I is, But we don't call this cold in Quebec.'" - Rudyard Kipling

"In Quebec City many Muslims have said that they hide their faith because they know that if they don't, if they show that they are Muslims, practicing Muslims, they won't be accepted in Quebec society." - Andre Pratte

"I am an English-speaking Canadian, but my entire family - Russian exiles and the Canadians they married - is buried in Quebec, and if Quebec were to separate, I would feel I had been cut in two." - Michael Ignatieff

"I have no family. My only responsibility is the welfare of Quebec. I belong to the province." - Maurice Duplessis

"I'd rather be referred to as a precocious young Quebec talent, than not be referred to at all." - Xavier Dolan

"There was an old man of Quebec, Who was buried in snow to his neck. When asked." - Rudyard Kipling

"We have to redesign the finances of the Quebec state to preserve what counts: education, health and families." - Philippe Couillard

"What France knows deep down is that within this great Canadian people, there is a Quebec nation." - Nicolas Sarkozy

"I do not see how proving my family, brotherly love for Quebec should be strengthened by defying Canada." - Nicolas Sarkozy

"Cynicism lost and hope won. For the first time, the government of Quebec will be led by a woman." - Pauline Marois

"I have decided to end my participation in public affairs and to resign my role as premier of Quebec." - Lucien Bouchard

"There's no question in my mind that there's a problem with the funding of our universities here in Quebec." - Pierre Moreau

"Quebec City is the most European of any city in North America; they speak French all the time. There is a part of town called Old Quebec which is really like being in France. The architecture is just gorgeous, food, shopping. I'd say Quebec City is the most beautiful city in North America I've seen." - Sebastian Bach

"Attempting to build a language wall around Quebec is precisely the wrong policy to follow. It will keep out of Quebec exactly what we need to attract by way of talent and capital; it will drive our best - francophones as well as allophones and anglophones, with their talents and capital - to leave Quebec." - Dick Pound

"Attempting to build a language wall around Quebec is precisely the wrong policy to follow. It will keep out of Quebec exactly what we need to attract by way of talent and capital; it will drive our best - francophones as well as allophones and anglophones, with their talents and capital - to leave Quebec." - Richard Pound

"We don't want two-tier health care in Canada - one tier for Quebec and another tier for the rest of the country." - Gordon Campbell

"Progressive Conservative candidates from Quebec want to exert real power in Ottawa, not simply be content with playing a secondary role." - Kim Campbell

"Quebec's distinct character makes Canada an even better country, and vice versa: being in Canada makes Quebec a better place too." - Philippe Couillard

"In Quebec, our goal isn't to reduce daycare service - a program the entire world envies - but to make it viable so tomorrow's families can keep benefiting from it." - Philippe Couillard

"[If Quebec became sovereign] there would be one level of government that would be missing, one less level of government. The municipality would become the second level." - Jane Jacobs

"In response to gibes from Quebec sports announcers: out of ugly, I think the most important thing to do in life is to make something beautiful" - Johnny Weir

"If, as is believed by many Canadians, Canada can not exist without Quebec, then it simply does not deserve to exist." - Pierre Bourgault

"Quebec City, Canada: A rotten priest-ridden community who are the completest passengers & who won't do their bit in anything & of course not during the war !!" - Edward Viii

"In Quebec, we're less inhibited artistically, culturally, politically. We're less focused on box office and comparing our films to the American films." - Philippe Falardeau

"I can't think of this country without Quebec. Je parle francais. And when I think about being a Canadian, speaking French is part of it." - Michael Ignatieff

"We can make the United States a 'Hispanic Quebec' without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity." - Richard Lamm

"Canada is like an old cow. The West feeds it. Ontario and Quebec milk it. And you can well imagine what it's doing in the Maritimes." - Tommy Douglas

"My great hope would be that Quebec would realize itself fully as a distinct part of Canada, and stay Canadian, bringing to Canada a part of its richness." - Gabrielle Roy

"They're trying to kill me before I'm dead. I come to Quebec to spend some time with my family and they say I'm dead." - Pat Burns

"Food from Quebec is not known to be amazing. Actually, even though you can eat really, really well in Montreal, it's crazy. It's one of the best cities I eat in, but typical Quebec food is like food from people that work in the woods. It's potatoes, meat and sauce." - Charlotte Le Bon

"If, as is believed by many Canadians, Canada can not exist without Quebec, then it simply does not deserve to exist. Si, comme le croient plusieurs Canadiens, le Canada ne peut exister sans le Quebec, alors il ne merite tout simplement pas d'exister." - Pierre Bourgault

"Canadians are friends and Quebecers are my family. What France knows deep down is that within this great Canadian people, there is a Quebec nation. I do not see how proving my family, brotherly love for Quebec should be strengthened by defying Canada." - Nicolas Sarkozy

"I was born in Quebec City, I've lived there many years before moving to Montreal and then Ottawa. And I mean, Quebec City is a very, you know, closed city if I may say. So it's not easy to be accepted living in Quebec City. So if you're from a different faith, you may be a bit timid in showing your faith. So I mean, you're already from a different country, you're an immigrant and hearing what you hear about Islam, you might not wish to be identified as a Muslim, and you may be very discreet into your faith and going to the mosque." - Andre Pratte

"You ever want to negotiate a hostage situation in Quebec, I'm your man. Send me in for a little parley and the francophone miscreants will flee, hands over bleeding ears." - Will Ferguson

"One afternoon late in October of the year 1697, Euclide Auclair, the philosopher apothecary of Quebec, stood on the top of Cap Diamant gazing down the broad, empty river far beneath him." - Willa Cather

"Ten years ago, in the aftermath of the referendum in Quebec, the very existence of Canada was on the line... I had a responsibility to ensure that Canada never again came close to the precipice," - Jean Chretien

"I'm writing a political comedy that takes place in Canada in Quebec. It's funny. Saying political comedy is a little redundant but it's a first. I've never done any comedy per se." - Philippe Falardeau

"I always remind Quebecers: hey, wait a minute - federalism works. If you look at the fiscal arrangements, the economic arrangements, the way the country works, if you compare it to other countries in the world, it's quite advantageous for Quebec." - Philippe Couillard

"I'm as proud and assertive in my Quebec identity as any Quebecer. I believe it's to Quebec's advantage to be part of the Canadian federation. But I will be extremely strong and forceful in defending Quebec's interests within Canada." - Philippe Couillard

"There were lots of programs over the course of the two referendums and the general tenor of them was that if Quebec were to separate, then Canada would disintegrate." - Jane Jacobs

"Unfortunately [Rene] Levesque had so little self confidence in Quebec and in the people themselves, that he fell for that and, yes, he'd say, you know, it might be ruinous for us economically." - Jane Jacobs

"Some of the large [municipalities] in Quebec can contain within them most of the answers to their own practical problems. And so lots of different possibilities for doing things in a practical and different way become available." - Jane Jacobs

"The anti-globalization movement is one of the biggest globalized events of the contemporary world, people coming from everywhere, ?Australia, Indonesia, Britain, India, Poland, Germany, South Africa?to demonstrate in Seattle or Quebec. What could be more global than that?" - Amartya Sen

"In the province of Quebec where I come from, we speak French, and the only cosmopolitan city is Montreal. Every time we tackle the subject of immigration and racial tension, it's an issue that concerns Montreal." - Philippe Falardeau

"Secessionists, whether in Scotland, Catalonia, Quebec or anywhere else, invariably assume that a person must either be Scottish or British, Catalan or Spanish, Quebecois or Canadian. What about those who feel they are both?" - Michael Ignatieff

"Aline and I have travelled a very long, very hard road together, from our working class homes in rural Quebec to the palaces of London, Paris, Moscow, and Beijing. Politics was the route, public service the reward." - Jean Chretien

"I always worked mostly in Quebec. I never thought of the States, somehow. I don't know - I don't have blue eyes or blond hair. I thought I didn't fit with the stereotype of America." - Karine Vanasse

"I spent much of my childhood in northern Quebec, and often there was no radio, no television - there wasn't a lot to entertain us. When it rained, I stayed inside reading, writing, drawing." - Margaret Atwood

"I'll be a Quebecker-Canadian. I'm from Quebec, and every time I go to a country, I say that. It's my roots, my origins, and it's the most important thing to me." - Celine Dion

"My victory is your victory. My victory is the victory of a unified party, a party that wants to propose to the Quebec people a country that is free and a country that is independent." - Pauline Marois

"I hope that one day the people of Quebec will one day be a part of the concert of nations. This is an internal debate. This will happen when Quebecers are ready." - Pauline Marois

"If you're big in Montreal, you're big in Quebec. If you're big in Toronto, you're big in Canada. But if you're big in New York, you're big in the rest of the world." - Shane Smith

"We have this historic problem that we have a quarter of our population, the people of Quebec, who have never signed on to the Constitution. That can't go on forever." - Jack Layton

"All of us in Quebec - and I mean all of us - have allowed language to become a preoccupation that works to the disadvantage of all of us - and I mean all of us." - Dick Pound

"There is Ontario patriotism, Quebec patriotism, or Western patriotism; each based on the hope that it may swallow up the others, but there is no Canadian patriotism, and we can have no Canadian nation when we have no Canadian patriotism." - Henri Bourassa

"English Canada must clearly understand that, whatever is said or done, Quebec is, today and forever, a distinct society, that is free and able to assume [the control of] its destiny and its development." - Robert Bourassa

"All of us in Quebec - and I mean all of us - have allowed language to become a preoccupation that works to the disadvantage of all of us - and I mean all of us." - Richard Pound

"If it's cross-country ski season, I'll be out doing that, or snowshoeing up in Quebec. In my California home, I go to the local Y and I like doing yoga. It's been hugely beneficial to me in injury avoidance." - Neil Peart

"In the province of Quebec where I come from, we speak French and the only cosmopolitan city is Montreal. Every time we tackle the subject of immigration and racial tension, it's an issue that concerns Montreal. Also, in Quebec, we have this added issue that we want people to speak French, because French is always on the verge of disappearing to some extent. I work, play and do everything in French." - Philippe Falardeau

"We have a conservative government that only thinks in terms of efficiency. They are spending a lot of money on military expenses and less and less on culture. My position is that culture can actually be economically viable. When I make a film, the film costs $3 million. Now, in Quebec, it grossed $3.5 million, which is a small film. It's not a comedy. There are no stars in it. And, it still grosses $3.5 million. That's just in Quebec." - Philippe Falardeau

"I belong to a generation that had so many choices available. In 1970, when [former premier Robert] Bourassa launched the James Bay development project, nobody in Quebec asked whether we had the means to do it. Today could we launch another James Bay? Imagine the debates we'd have? We were a young, rich society with almost no debt. The generation that comes after us, and which will lead Quebec, must also have choices. And for that, they'll need financial manoeuvring room." - Philippe Couillard

"All my career I've gone to teams on the decline. I went to Quebec when they were losing the Stastny brothers. I went to Edmonton after they lost Gretzky and Messier. I went to Anaheim when it was an expansion team. I came to Montreal after they'd won the Cup and were headed down. I was beginning to think it was me." - Ron Tugnutt

"I'd really love to go for a fourth trip into space with maybe Mr. Duceppe and Mr. Boisclair, and I am convinced, I am convinced that after such a trip, Quebec sovereignty will no longer be an issue. Space travel affects us that much." - Marc Garneau

"Men propound mathematical theorems in besieged cities, conduct metaphysical arguments in condemned cells, make jokes on the scaffold, discuss a new poem while advancing to the walls of Quebec, and comb their hair at Thermopylae. This is not panache; it is our nature." - C S Lewis

"I knew that the wall was the main thing in Quebec, and had cost a great deal of money.... In fact, these are the only remarkable walls we have in North America, though we have a good deal of Virginia fence, it is true." - Henry David Thoreau

"I often repeat three numbers: 20-23-26. Quebec generates only 20 per cent of Canada's wealth; it represents 23 per cent of the population, but it does 26 per cent of government spending in Canada. That's incompatible with good financial health over the long term." - Philippe Couillard

"Let's see in those indictments you can't level at Sweden, they never tried to ban the constitution or undermine the settlement that they wanted. Well you can't say that of Canada. Any indication of revolt on the part of Quebec was either bought off, with a good deal of corruption." - Jane Jacobs

"The emphasis of that statement about my temptation to switch to the separatist side in Quebec was that someone who obviously loves Canada with everything he has, has been right here and fights for Canada all the time - for him to say something like that, something must be very wrong with Canada." - Justin Trudeau

"In Quebec, in spite of police violence and threats, thousands of students demonstrated for months against a former right-wing government that wanted to raise tuition and cut social protections. These demonstrations are continuing in a variety of countries throughout the globe and embrace an investment in a new understanding of the commons as a shared space of knowledge, debate, exchange and participation." - Henry Giroux

"Our climate leadership team has recommended it go up and I would say there's always going to be upward pressure to raise the carbon tax. Remember, we're already double what the only other province who has a carbon tax is at right now, Quebec - they peg it at about $15 a tonne." - Christy Clark

"At one point Trudeau mentioned to me that the National Gallery wanted to buy a masterpiece by the great Italian painter Lotto, and it needed a million dollars from the Treasury Board. Is that Lotto-Quebec or Lotto-Canada? I joked, but I got the message, and the National Gallery got the painting." - Jean Chretien

"The acquisition of Canada this year, as far as the neighborhood of Quebec, will be a mere matter of marching, and will give us experience for the attack of Halifax the next, and the final expulsion of England from the American continent." - Thomas Jefferson

"To suggest that Quebecers willingly give up the chance to exercise fully their influence within the federal government would be to betray the historical role Quebec has always played in Confederation, and to undermine the legitimacy of their pride and ambitions." - Kim Campbell

"When the Canadian confederation took place in 1867, a lot of people in Quebec said, 'Could we have a referendum?' They said, 'Oh, no. In the British tradition, the Parliament can do anything, excluding changing a man into a woman, and, therefore, no referendum' - and that was that." - Jacques Parizeau

"At one point Trudeau mentioned to me that the National Gallery wanted to buy a masterpiece by the great Italian painter Lotto, and it needed a million dollars from the Treasury Board. "Is that Lotto-Quebec or Lotto-Canada?" I joked, but I got the message, and the National Gallery got the painting." - Jean Chretien

"The two of us had come a long way together from our humble beginnings and the basement apartment that had been our first home as newlyweds in 1957, when I was still a law student at Laval University in Quebec City." - Jean Chretien

"So my thing is we want come in and diffuse anything that's not real, anything that doesn't associate with real hip-hop. We want to be the one that says, 'Yo, we want to help build and build a bigger and better industry.' I'm just like, 'Yo, with talent from Toronto, Vancouver, Quebec. Who's paying attention?'" - Raekwon

"Look at what has occurred in history. When the Berlin Wall fell, it was not surprising, but it was unexpected. Who predicted the Arab Spring? Nobody expected it, but all the ingredients were there. I think all the ingredients are also there for Quebec to become a country. But when? That's another question." - Gilles Duceppe

"I was born in the Ottawa General Hospital right after the Gray Cup Football Game in 1939. Six months later, I was backpacked into the Quebec bush. I grew up in and out of the bush, in and out of Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto." - Margaret Atwood

"We lived in Northern Quebec, and the nearest school was thirty miles away, so my mother took on the task of home schooling me. She spoke to some friends, received some instructions from the provincial school board, and found some interesting books that perhaps I might find useful." - Willard Boyle

"'Mars et Avril' is a science fiction film. It's set in Montreal some 50 years in the future. No one had done that kind of movie in Quebec before because it's expensive, it's set in the future, and it's got tons of visual effects, and it's shot on green screen." - Martin Villeneuve

"Everything we did was done in form and with propriety, and the result of our proceedings is the document [the Quebec Resolutions] that has been submitted to the imperial government as well as to this house and which we speak of here as a treaty. And that there may be no doubt about our position in regard to that document we say, question it you may, reject it you may, or accept it you may, but alter it you may not. (Hear, hear." - Thomas D'Arcy McGee

"Canada's eminent position today is a tribute to the patience, tolerance, and strength of character of her people, of both French and British strains. For Canada is enriched by the heritage of France as well as of Britain, and Quebec has imparted the vitality and spirit of France itself to Canada. Canada's notable achievement of national unity and progress through accommodation, moderation and forbearance can be studied with profit by her sister nations." - Harry S Truman

"If you look at the Oscars and look at the Best Foreign Language series, you see that the films are coming from everywhere - from Quebec, Israel, Poland, and Belgium. It's not the usual French, German, etc. This category is opening up to socially engaged and political films. I think we're going to see a cross over to the main categories also. It's part of this global environment now and I'm grateful that the Academy is having this window on world cinema." - Philippe Falardeau

"Abandoned by the existing political system, young people in Oakland, California, New York City, Quebec and numerous other cities throughout the globe have placed their bodies on the line, protesting peacefully while trying to produce a new language, politics, imagine long-term institutions, and support notions of community that manifest the values of equality and mutual respect that they see missing in a world that is structured by neoliberal principles." - Henry Giroux

"Canada is the worst polluter in the world right now. There's absolutely no sign on a federal level that there's going to be any alleviation of the polluting that's going on. Even the Parti Quebecois in Quebec, which is historically a party that has been leftist and environmental - they are trying to give $450 million subsidies to polluting enterprises in Gaspe. These, to me are my problems." - Owen Pallett

"As to whether Marcos is gay: Marcos is gay in San Francisco, black in South Africa, an Asian in Europe, a Chicano in San Ysidro, an anarchist in Spain, a Palestinian in Israel, a Mayan Indian in the streets of San Cristobal,... a Jew in Germany, a Gypsy in Poland, a Mohawk in Quebec, a pacifist in Bosnia, a single woman on the Metro at 10pm, a peasant without land, a gang member in the slums, an unemployed worker, an unhappy student and, of course, a Zapatista in the mountains." - Subcomandante Marcos

"When called to the Council of the Twelve, October 4, 1963, he said in the Salt Lake Tabernacle: I think of a little sister, a French-Canadian sister, whose life was changed by the missionaries as her spirit was touched. As she said good-by to me and my wife in Quebec, she said, "President Monson, I may never see the Prophet. I may never hear the Prophet. But President, far better, now that I am a member of this Church, I can obey the Prophet."" - Thomas S Monson

"In the world outside this glass room, songbirds are feeding and resting in the trees. Some will take off tonight and not land until they reach Venezuela. Sandpipers, plovers, and broad-winged hawks have already left for Patagonia and Panama. Bats are headed for caves in Kentucky and Tennessee. Out in the Atlantic, humpback whales pass by on their way to the Caribbean. Even now, Canada geese are honking toward us from Quebec. It is a good day for the beginnings of journeys.Every time I look at you, I think, Now I cannot die." - Sandra Steingraber

"Why should Canada, wild and unsettled as it is, impress us as an older country than the States, unless because her institutions are old? All things appeared to contend there, as I have implied, with a certain rust of antiquity, such as forms on old armor and iron guns,-the rust of conventions and formalities. It is said that the metallic roofs of Montreal and Quebec keep sound and bright for forty years in some cases. But if the rust was not on the tinned roofs and spires, it was on the inhabitants and their institutions." - Henry David Thoreau

"Our problem in Quebec is our summer is so short that we can't wear bathing suits, whatever, what kind of bathing suit. So I mean, we have this debate with political parties involved whether we should forbid the burkini yes or no, and this was in the media, you know, front page for days and days and days. This is wildly exaggerated. And people that don't live for instance in Montreal, where they don't have a diverse population, they think this is a real problem." - Andre Pratte



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