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Our 'impertinent' PM

'(Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed) insensitive and impertinent sentiments at a time when the Venezuelan people are grieving and crying over the irreparable physical loss of the Commander President Hugo Chavez Frias'

-- From a formal protest by senior Venezuelan government official Claudia Salerno, after Harper said he hopes the death of Chavez brings a more promising future for the Venezuelan people.

 

Guess it worked

'We had a flat start last game. I was just trying to get us going early.'

-- Toronto Maple Leafs Frazer McLaren, on a fight 26 minutes into the Wednesday night game, in which he knocked out Ottawa Senators rookie Dave Dziurzynski. Toronto won the game 5-4.

 

Can't they see it?

'If guys are not doing it, someone else has to make the choice for them. Guys are wearing shot-blockers for their skates, they are wearing everything but a visor. It's not good.'

-- Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin, after a deflected puck hit the eye of New York Rangers' Marc Staal

 

Bieb strikes back

'I understand it is part of the job to be judged... but judge me on the facts, judge me on the music, and be careful of the judgement you pass. But know this... I'm only judged by one power, and I serve him.'

-- Justin Bieber Twitter rant in response to the relentless scrutiny of his private life by critics

 

Keep on stompin'

'I must now pass the torch, to all of you, to help keep the Maple Leaf flying high, and be the Patriot Canada needs now and in the future.'

-- Part of a final message from Stompin' Tom Connors to his fans, released after his death Wednesday night.

 

Sing a song of praise

'Now, all of a sudden, it's a violation of personal space and individual freedom to be reminded, even inadvertently, that some people still have religious beliefs.'

-- National Post columnist Kelly McParland, hailing a Quebec judge's dismissal of a charge against Paula Celani, who hosted a meal and singing of religious songs in a municipal hall.

 

Change is gonna come

'I would like to tell Bishop Gordon that he really needs to suck it up on this and he needs to be willing to change because the old days are over. People tell me I'm brave for speaking out, but I don't think I was brave. I just said what needed to be said.'

-- Liam Finnegan, a popular, smart -- and the only openly gay -- Grade 11 student at Vanier Catholic Secondary school in Whitehorse, who will be helping his school write a new policy on dealing with students who are gay.

 

Fired by the Big Boss

'God did not place you in your position because you are the only person who can do your job that well. If you don't do it, God will set you and I aside, and raise up someone who will.'

-- Steinbach pastor Ray Duerksen, calling upon people in positions of influence to rise up and oppose Manitoba's anti-bullying policy, which, in part, aims to protect gay students from abuse.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 9, 2013 ??65524

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