A full-course meal of words for our celebrities to eat

Allan Fotheringham December 31 1979

A full-course meal of words for our celebrities to eat

Allan Fotheringham December 31 1979

A full-course meal of words for our celebrities to eat


Allan Fotheringham

The quotes of 1979: "How old are the chickens?"-Joe Clark, in a village in India.

“I should very much like to take a vacation.”—The shah of Iran.

“There are some things they mightn’t like at first and grow to love. There are other things they’ll love at first and grow to like.”—Finance Minister John Crosbie before presenting his budget.

“I’ve always been interested in foreign policy.”—

Henry Kissinger.

“If Kennedy runs in ’80,

I’ll whip his ass.”—President Jimmy Carter.

“I always felt the White House would stand behind me.”—Senator Edward Kennedy.

“Once people get to know me better they will like me.”—Joe Clark.

“My judgment as of now is I’m the best ."—Pierre Trudeau, at a press conference after being defeated May 22.

“What’s so funny about that?”—Pierre Trudeau, as reporters burst into laughter.

“At last. A story I can

understand.”—CTV's veteran Ottawa correspondent Craig Oliver, watching the Rideau Club burn down.

“I like the charm, the boyish ways, and couldn’t stop myself sneaking a look at his legs. Pierre was once given the award of being the man with the most beautiful legs in the world.”— Margaret Trudeau, in her autobiography, Beyond Reason, on her first date with Pierre Trudeau.

“You’re a nice person, but I’ve never dated anyone over 24.” —Barbi Benton to Hugh Hefner.

“That’s okay, neither have \.”—Hugh Hefner to Barbi Benton.

“If the cabbage is too expensive for you, buy something else.”—Finance Minister Jean Chrétien.

“What I really need is a good wife.”— Prince Charles.

“British Columbia is not for sale.”—

Allan Fotheringham is a columnist for the FP News Service. Premier Bill Bennett to Canadian Pacific Chairman Ian Sinclair.

“We specialize in doing dirty tricks and we don’t mind.”—Jack Kelly, researcher for the B.C. Social Credit caucus, discussing a seminar for the presidents of Social Credit riding associations.

“We certainly intend to do that. Miss MacDonald will be indicating to officials in external affairs that we will be expecting from them recommendations fairly directly as to how it can be accomplished, what other policies will be

followed, will be necessary to make that goal realizable. I say that simply to indicate that the position she and other ministers will be taking in relation to matters that have been part of party policy in the election campaign will be to indicate that those questions are now beyond discussion as to their appropriateness and that what we will be seeking from the public service will be indications as to how we can accomplish what we have undertaken to do. I can’t give you a time at this stage.”—Joe Clark, asked at a press conference, the day after he was sworn in, when he planned to move the embassy to Jerusalem.

“Liberals are in the process of rethinking the party’s policies and of rebuilding its organization, to be ready to return to office. In my view, one element of that renewal should be a change in the leadership.”—Pierre Trudeau. “What is the totality of his land?”— Joe Clark, to an interpreter on a farm in India.

“I have got to admit that things haven’t gone quite the way I wanted.”— Former prime minister Ian Smith of Rhodesia.

“Do you get the point? I’ve forgotten what the point is ."—Pierre Trudeau, addressing 1,000 Toronto Liberals.

“You are not anticipating a significant cereal production?”—Joe Clark, to

guide in an impoverished area of India.

“One of the best things about mother was that she never disturbed me.”— Pierre Trudeau, quoted by Margaret Trudeau in Beyond Reason.

“Aren’t you sweet to have thought of me, but I really have no comment to make on the subject.”— John Turner, on the telephone to a Montreal reporter who called regarding her article on the problem with being beautiful.

“Joe Clark doesn’t know his razzmatazz from a hole in the ground.”— Pierre Trudeau, on the campaign trail.

“This is a well.”—Joe Clark, standing before a well in Jordan.

“He thought the book was very funny and entertaining.”—Margaret Trudeau, about her husband.

“I have not read it.”—Pierre Trudeau.

“You have a lot of rocks here.”—Joe Clark in Jordan.

“But I also know that the struggle for national unity will be an ongoing one, lasting well beyond the referendum. It will require long and sustained efforts to build the kind of Canada that most of us want. I feel it is time for a new leader to take up this work ."—Pierre Trudeau.

“It’s useful to have, been somewhere.”— Joe Clark in Tokyo, asked why he was embarking on his tour.

“I came to the conclusion that I was not the man to rebuild the Liberal party and negotiate a new federalism during

the next decade."

Pierre Trudeau.