"There are times in the progress of a people when fundamental challenges must be faced, fundamental choices made - a new course charted. For Canada, this is one of those times.
Our resolve, our values, our very way of life as Canadians are being tested. The choice is clear.
We can take the path - too well-trodden - of minimal change, of least resistance, of leadership lost. Or we can set out on a new road of fundamental reform, of renewal - of hope restored.
Today, we have made our choice. Today, we take action."
The Honourable Paul Martin, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Finance
February 27, 1995