No minister ever stood, or could stand, against public opinion.
On the same day I was sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada, I announced the most sweeping reform ever undertaken in the structure of our federal government.
A wartime Minister of Information is compelled, in the national interest, to such continuous acts of duplicity that even his natural hair must grow to resemble a wig.
The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting flamboyant labels on empty luggage.
A prime minister must not promise things that can't be fulfilled.
I'm not the Eritrean welfare minister and not the Sudanese labor minister.
It is evident that not all people that have the confidence of the prime minister are the same ones that have the confidence of the head of state.
You cannot name a Canadian prime minister who has done as many significant things as I did, because there are none.
I was Minister for the Armed Forces in the Ministry of Defence for two years prior to being appointed Defence Secretary.
Being prime minister is a lonely job... you cannot lead from the crowd.
I'm simply saying that there are advantages in sending a skilled diplomat who can always say, 'I'll get back to you on that, Mr. Minister'.
None of the serious maritime incidents I had to deal with as transport minister off the pristine Queensland or Western Australian coastline involved an Australian flagged and crewed vessel.