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"Canada is a country of regions. Whether one is referring to historical development or to current realities, it is a truism to observe that Westerners, Ontarians, Quebeckers, and Maritimers are products of distinctive regional communities whose differences from one another often seem more striking than their similarities."
                                                                                                     Peter Oliver


"Victoria is 3,000 miles from Ottawa whereas Ottawa is 30,000 miles from Victoria."
                                                     BC Premier Edward G. Prior, remark, 1903

"The sun rises in Halifax, shines all day straight over Montreal and Ottawa, and sets in Toronto."
                                                                                 Edmonton Bulletin, 1890?














"The West has always felt that it has been dominated economically by the powerful moneyed interests of Eastern Canada, and that, in the clutch, its interests will  inevitably be sacrificed to Eastern Industry and Money."
                                                                                         Raymond Reid



Grey Cup, Star Weekly, Nov. 1962










21 Nov 1972




"By TOM we mean Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal, which has really run Canada for the past century."
                                                                                              Marie-Josie Drouin


"What is good for the economy of Ontario is good, ultimately, for all of Canada."
                                                                                William Davis, remark, 1978


"The political cohesion of a society depends on its desire to secure the essential minimum for all its members, regardless of their geographical situation."
                                                                                         Pierre Elliot Trudeau


"The most sparsely populated large mass of land on earth is designed for regional differences and acrimony produced by rulers too far away from the ruled. If you consider the distances, and the time zones, and the cultures, and the languages, it’s a wonder the whole mess doesn't come apart at the seams long ago. Canada . . . has too much geography and too few people."
                                                              Allan Fotheringham, Maclean's, 6 July 1981

"The West Wants In."
Preston Manning, 1987


"No one can deny that Quebec is, culturally and sociologically, a distinct society. So is Newfoundland."
                                                                                         Eugene Forsey, 1990

"Confederation was brought about to increase the wealth of Central Canada."
                                                                                               W. L. Morton

"Winnipeg, at one time, was known as "The Gateway to the West.' When you arrived in Winnipeg on the CPR you were entering the West. By the same token, I suppose, it could be regarded as the 'Gateway to the East' if you happened to be heading for Toronto or Montreal on the Grand Trunk."
                                        Christopher Dafoe, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 November 1993

"There are two things all Canadian know. One is that they live in the best country in the world and the other is that their province doesn't get its fair share."
                                                             Jean Chrétien, 3 October 1997

"To people in Central Canada, Canada is what they can see from the CN Tower on a clear day. Everything that counts happens in that Toronto-to-Ottawa-Montreal triangle."
                                                             Peter C. Newman, 24 February 2001

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"As a British Columbian, I prefer to call British Columbia the True West, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are the Near East, Ontario and Quebec the Middle East, and the Atlantic provinces the Far East."
                                                       Gordon Campbell, Maclean's, 24 August 1992