The biggest trading partner of the United States is not West Germany or Japan, it's right here.
I am not denying anything I did not say.
You have to spend your political capital on great causes for your country.
Once you articulate an agenda, you have to follow it.
In politics, madame, you need two things: friends, but above all an enemy.
The Conservatives over the years have done a great deal, from Sir John A, to Diefenbaker, and others.
If your only objective is to be popular, you're going to be popular but you will be known as the Prime Minister who achieved nothing.
You cannot name a Canadian prime minister who has done as many significant things as I did, because there are none.
If everything is very important, then nothing is important.
So that was Reagan's political problem. As a rancher in California, he was an environmentalist himself. But the President of the United States doesn't control everything that happens in Washington.
You can't be chasing 15 rabbits. Otherwise, the public mind cannot follow you.
And look, I was a big, brassy guy who won and won big. I did what I wanted.
I think the government has to reposition environment on top of their national and international priorities.
Trudeau's contribution was not to build Canada but to destroy it, and I had to come in and save it.
For example, the Prime Minister earlier this year talked about the importance of the Arctic to our future. He's right. A hundred years from now, the strength of Canada is going to be coming from our resources in the Arctic.
It's my responsibility, and entirely my fault, Of course I regret it. It's the kind of locker-room conversation we all use, but as prime minister I shouldn't have used it.
We decided that the environment was an integral part of our policies and the political thrust of our government. We gave it the priority and we sustained it with the money required to make it happen.
When I appointed the Minister of the Environment to major cabinet status, the Planning and Priorities committee, the signals that that sent through Ottawa were major, because that's what the bureaucracy understands.
Every cabinet minister gets a mission statement from the Prime Minister.
There are so many demands on your time, on your resources, and on the prestige of the government.