Quotes by Kim Campbell

An increasing number of Canadians must juggle the demands of work with the need to care for children, or for family members who are ill or too frail to care for themselves. Our programs have simply not kept pace with these societal changes.
– Kim Campbell
As Canadian citizens, we benefit from a system of social programs that is second to none. But we know that our system has let a lot of people down-that is has not adequately supported their efforts to become self-reliant and to participate in society to the best of their ability.
– Kim Campbell
Canada is the homeland of equality, justice and tolerance.
– Kim Campbell
Canada's first Prime Minister sought, unsuccessfully, to give women the vote. Today, a century after his passing, a woman stands before you as Prime Minister of Canada. Canada's first Prime Minister also sought, successfully, to bring British Columbia into Confederation. Today, I stand before you as Canada's first Prime Minister born and raised in British Columbia.
– Kim Campbell
Canadians know that our difficulties will not be resolved overnight. They are tired of politicians who pretend they will be.
– Kim Campbell
Canadians want to see real hope restored, not false hopes raised.
– Kim Campbell
Despite our high rate of unemployment, 300,000 jobs go unfilled largely because many of the unemployed lack the skills needed today as a result of technological progress.
– Kim Campbell
For me, rationalizing skills training is neither a political fetish nor a form of currency used between governments. Above all, it is the logical solution to a very real human problem. By making better use of the resources we devote to training, we will instill hope in Canadian men and women who ask nothing more than to live a life of dignity.
– Kim Campbell
For me, unemployment and poverty in the Greater Montreal area is not mainly a problem of structure, or design, or statistics. It is a profoundly human situation.
– Kim Campbell
For over 20 years, the federal and provincial governments have made enormous efforts employing a variety of approaches in an attempt to stimulate Montreal's economy.
– Kim Campbell
For people on social assistance, the loss of free dental care, prescription drugs and subsidized housing can greatly outweigh additional income from working. We've all heard the stories.
– Kim Campbell
For too many, to work means having less income.
– Kim Campbell
Government cannot and must not replace private initiative.
– Kim Campbell
Governments allocate enormous resources for social programs. And it is true that for many years we have had one of the best social service systems in the world. Yet we are still incapable of meeting the needs of tens of thousands of Canadian families.
– Kim Campbell
I believe it is time for new leadership that is able to leave the '70s behind.
– Kim Campbell
I believe that Canadians have the common sense to see that a better future cannot be built on fragmentation.
– Kim Campbell
I believe, basically, that Canadians respect the demanding and important work accomplished by their politicians.
– Kim Campbell
I have always believed governments must adapt to the needs of the people, not the other way around.
– Kim Campbell
I have met thousands of Canadians individually-in their homes, in their communities, in every province across the country. From my home province of British Columbia to Newfoundland, I have sensed the deep desire in Canadians of every age to get involved, to become part of our life as a nation, to have control of their own lives. And it is clear that a strong bond still exists between our Party and Quebecers.
– Kim Campbell
I have some bad news for our opponents but good news for Quebecers: our candidates will all make excellent MPs.
– Kim Campbell