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Stephen Harper speaksCHRIS WATTIE/The Canadian Press

A collection of Stephen Harper quotations:

As a religion, bilingualism is the god that failed. It has led to no fairness, produced no unity and cost Canadian taxpayers untold millions.

Having hit a wall, the next logical step is not to bang our heads against it.

Human rights commissions, as they are evolving, are an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society. It is in fact totalitarianism.

If Ottawa giveth, then Ottawa can taketh away.

I have no difficulty with the recognition of civil unions for non-traditional relationships but I believe in law we should protect the traditional definition of marriage.

I think in Atlantic Canada, because of what happened in the decades following Confederation, there is a culture of defeat that we have to overcome.

If you want to be a government in a minority Parliament, you have to work with other people.

My own views on abortion, I'm not on either pole of that and neither of the interest groups on either end of this issue would probably be comfortable with my views.

I do not intend to dispute in any way the need for defence cuts and the need for government spending cuts in general. I do not share a not-in-my-backyard approach to government spending reductions.