John A. Macdonald
- As for myself, my course is clear. A British subject I was born — a British subject I will die. With my utmost effort, with my latest breath, will I oppose the ‘veiled treason’ which attempts by sordid means and mercenary proffers to lure our people from their allegiance.
- February 3, 1891 as the 1891 election was called, fought largely over the issue of free trade with the United States. 
- Let us be English or let us be French... but above all let us be Canadians. 
- Yes, but the people would prefer John A. drunk to George Brown sober.
- Responding to a heckler. (from John A: The Man Who Made Us by Richard J. Gwyn)
- He hoped that Britain and Canada would have "a healthy and cordial alliance. Instead of looking upon us as a merely dependent colony, England will have in us a friendly nation, a subordinate but still a powerful people to stand by her in North America in peace or in war." - 1865 
- I must have another $10,000. Will be the last time of calling. Do not fail me. Answer today.
- Telegram to Hugh Allan, head of the Canadian Pacific Railway, six days before the 1872 election. The release of this telegram spurred the Pacific Scandal.
- I get sick … not because of drink [but because] I am forced to listen to the ranting of my honourable opponent.
- During the election of 1863, Sir John A. Macdonald threw up during a campaign speech and when his opponent pointed this out, Macdonald shot back with this answer.