Some wonder why I have such a feeling of concern over the imposition of the death penalty. I ask those who wonder how would you feel if you defended a man charged with murder, who was as innocent as any hon. member in this House at this very moment, who was convicted; whose appeal was dismissed, who was executed; and six months later the star witness for the Crown admitted that he, himself, had committed the murder and blamed it on the accused? That experience will never be effaced from my memory.
May 1, 1972, House of Commons.
Well, Mr. Prime Minister, I can't waste any more time on you. I must get back to work.John Diefenbaker
Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.John Diefenbaker
I have an intensive hatred for discrimination based on colour.John Diefenbaker
I am not anti-American. But I am strongly pro-Canadian.John Diefenbaker
I am a Canadian, a free Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship God in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.John Diefenbaker
Everyone is against me - except the people!John Diefenbaker
There can be no dedication to Canada's future without a knowledge of its past.John Diefenbaker
I was criticized for being too much concerned with the average Canadians. I can't help that; I am one of them!John Diefenbaker