About Great Canadian Speeches

Canada has a rich tradition of oratory and this site provides a brief history of the country as seen from the podium. The speeches found here will be of special interest on the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Canada’s story is not as dramatic as that of nations born in revolution or those in which violence reigns in the streets, but it is if anything more admirable. We were once a group of vulnerable British colonies but through circumstance and acts of genius we have become a democratic, prosperous, and diverse nation. Where others have used bullets and bombs, our projectiles have been words. They are the essence of all politics and negotiation. Words are an incomparably better tool than artillery or marching armies. Enjoy these Great Canadian Speeches and the historical introduction to each of them.

Reproducing this material:

The material on this site is copyrighted. You may download and print material for personal and non-commercial use only, or for fair-dealing purposes as set out in the Canadian Copyright Act. For commercial (including educational) uses, you must contact Dennis to obtain consent.