“The hallmark of freedom is a recognition of the sacred personality of man, and its acceptance decries discrimination on the basis of race, or creed or colour. Canadians have a message to give to the world. We are composed of many racial groups, each of which must realize that only by forbearance and mutual respect, only by denial of antagonism or prejudice based on race, or creed, or even surname, can breaches in unity be avoided in our country. National unity in Canada is not only an ideal — it is a necessity — based on ordinary common sense."

(John Diefenbaker, "Notes for an address by the Prime Minister, The Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker, on the 'nation’s business.'" Ottawa, Ontario, 1960, 8)