At our best, we are in constant search of something beyond, of national dreams and destinies that we reach toward, together.
A society like Canada's, with its four centuries of give-and-take, compromise and acceptance, wrong-doing and redress, is basically a forgiving society.
Each of us is carving a stone, erecting a column, or cutting a piece of stained glass in the construction of something much bigger than ourselves.
Sometimes we read or hear too much news that makes us fearful or suspicious of others. We can forget that most of the people that we know, or at least encounter regularly, are decent and friendly.
To be complex does not mean to be fragmented. This is the paradox and the genius of our Canadian civilization.
Stumbling through darkness and racing through light, we have persisted in the creation of a Canadian civilization.
Our horizon is the creation of a noble society to which, like the medieval builder of those glorious cathedrals, you will have added your conception, your artful piece of stone.
Knowing better than anyone my own shortcomings, I undertake this task with humility and ask you all, as Canadians, to help me.
Every Remembrance Day he came for tea (and scotch!) and was a vivid reminder of our country's heroism
[The fight for freedom was] a daunting task,.. But he did it like his comrades - without fanfare, without hesitation, with great pride and determination.