“What is hateful… is not rebellion but the despotism which induces the rebellion; what is hateful are not rebels but the men, who having enjoyment of power, do not discharge the duties of power; they are the men who, having the power to redress wrongs, refuse to listen to the petitioners that are sent to them; they are the men who, when they are asked for a loaf, give a stone.”

Sir Wilfred Laurier, Speech in the house of Commons, 1886-03-16

(Quoted by John Ralston Saul in “The Unconscious Civilization”)

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