My feeling about the United States is this. To live alongside this great country is like living with your wife. At times it is difficult to live with her. At all times it is impossible to live without her.Â –Lester Pearson, Prime Minister, describing Canada-U.S. relationsÂ to French statesman Charles de Gaulle.
The Americans are our best friends, whether we like it or not.Â –Robert Thompson, Canadian statesman, former Social Credit leader.
We worry when you look hard at us, but we are also touchy about being overlooked.Â –Lester Pearson, Prime Minister, commencementÂ address at Indiana’s Notre Dame University (1963).
It might be said we all live in one big house. Welcome to the attic.Â –Gordon Pinsent, Canadian actor, addressing U.S. PresidentÂ Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan at an Ottawa gala (1981).
For some reason a glaze passes over peopleâ€™s faces when you say Canada. Maybe we should invade South Dakota or something.Â –Sondra Gotlieb, columnist and wife of Allan Gotlieb,Â Canadian ambassador in Washington (1982).