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Keep your shirt on

'Fantastic. We're delighted. It's an extremely important cause which many of our caucus were thrilled to support, albeit less ostentatiously'

-- Conservative party spokesman Fred DeLorey, after a Tory attack ad criticizing Justin Trudeau for doing a striptease at a fundraiser for the Canadian Liver Foundation prompted a big increase in donations to the charity.

Ready for his close-up

'He has free health care, he'll be fine'

Talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, after airing a video clip of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford doing a painful face plant into a TV camera.

A tax by any other name...

'It was a little misleading and I think calling it a tariff and saying we're not raising taxes is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the consumer'

-- Jose Bray, owner of the bicycle shop in Ottawa where Finance Minister Jim Flaherty touted the budget last year.

Stepping on Martin's toes

'Canadian parliamentarians are known to occasionally let loose with a PG-friendly putdown like "sleazebag," but everybody knows that s-words and f-words should remain the exclusive domain of Manitoba New Democrat Pat Martin'

-- National Post columnist Tristin Hopper on cussing, one of eight things he says the Liberals will try to downplay about Justin Trudeau now that he's leader.

Bindi booboo

'Selena should apologize and then she should get acquainted with the basics of world religions'

-- Rajan Zed, an official with the Universal Society of Hinduism, criticizing Selena Gomez for having a bindi on her forehead during her performance at the MYV Movie Awards.

The hooligan era

'We live in hooligan times. And we can't not think about it - the vigour and sinew of hatred that is unleashed so casually in everything from email to attack ads to online posts and TV images. We can't blame TV or any other media. We are so connected and yet divisiveness is the result. We can only blame ourselves'

-- Globe and Mail columnist John Doyle in a column relating such diverse things as the Boston Marathon bombing, the Tory attack ads on Justin Trudeau and the suicides of bullied teens.

Trudeau asks why

'There is no question that this happened because there is someone who feels completely excluded. Completely at war with innocents. At war with a society. And our approach has to be, where do those tensions come from?'

-- Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, when asked by CBC's Peter Mansbridge how he would have responded to the Boston Marathon bombings.

Harper answers: Who cares?

'When you see this kind of action, when you see this kind of violent act, you do not sit around trying to rationalize it or make excuses for it or figure out its root causes'

-- Prime Minister Stephen Harper, responding to Trudeau's remarks (above).

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 20, 2013 J14

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