Best quotes of 2014

Check out the most quotable Quebecers of 2014. (CBC)

Quebec had a good year for memorable quotes in 2014 — from PKP's cri de coeur over sovereignty, to Education Minister Yves Bolduc's assessment that no child would die if they didn't have access to new books, to Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre's friendly wager with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh over the outcome of the Montreal-Boston NHL playoff series.

Here are 15 of the most memorable quotes of 2014.


Megantic quotes of 2014

The town of Lac-Mégantic, Que., the night a train derailed and exploded. (Transportation Safety Board of Canada/Reuters)

TH: Hey, RJ. Tom here. Listen, emergency. The town of Mégantic’s on fire. Do we have tankers in the yard anywhere?

RJ: Tankers?

TH: Tankers, any kind of tankers, of any kind?

RJ: No, what’s the problem? Is it with us?

TH: Everything is on fire: from the church all the way down to the Metro, from the river all the way to the railway tracks. From what I can see, RJ, the box cars have all burnt in the yard —  the ties, everything. Whatever is in the yard, rolling stock, is now gone — completely.

— Train engineer Tom Harding and a dispatcher at the offices of Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, on July 6, 2013. The recordings of the calls between the engineer and dispatch were released in August 2014

Related story: Full transcript and audio of the Lac-Mégantic tapes


PKP quotes of 2014

Pauline Marois and Pierre Karl Péladeau. (Graham Hughes/CP)

"My joining the Parti Québécois is an adhesion to my deepest and most cherished values, making Quebec a sovereign nation!"

— Pierre-Karl Péladeau announces his candidacy for the Parti Québécois in St-Jérôme on March 9, 2014

Related story: Pierre Karl Péladeau to run for PQ in Saint-Jérôme


Yvan Cournoyer quotes of 2014

Yvan Cournoyer tears up while delivering a eulogy for Jean Béliveau. (Paul Chiasson/CP)

"Oh captain, my captain, bon voyage."

— Yvan Cournoyer saying goodbye to Jean Béliveau on Dec. 10

Related story: Jean Béliveau funeral: Thousands bid Habs legend a final farewell
 


Denis Coderre quotes of 2014

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre speaks at a news conference at city hall. (CBC)

“We will provide Gravol.” 

— Denis Coderre on whether Montreal would allow taxi drivers to charge a vomit fare, on Aug. 14, 2014

Related story: Montreal taxis may soon charge a 'vomit tax' for sick patrons


Geneviève Caron quotes of 2014

Geneviève Caron and her husband Claude Pineault testified at the National Assembly in January as to why the province needed a secular charter. (CBC)

“Praying on all fours on a carpet, what is that all about?” 

— Geneviève Caron at the National Assembly recounting an experience while visiting a mosque in Morocco, Jan. 17, 2014

“Who was under these disguises? Women? Men? I don’t know.”

— Claude Pineault at the National Assembly, Jan. 17, 2014

Related story: Pineault-Caron secular charter testimony goes viral on YouTube


Jim Popp quotes of 2014

Jim Popp gets a hug from Anthony Calvillo after breaking down into tears during the announcement Calvillo would be retiring. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

"There is only one Anthony Calvillo. You're the all-time great... And I love you."

— Jim Popp, Alouettes general manager, during Calvillo's retirement announcement on Jan. 21, 2014

Related story: Montreal Alouettes retire Anthony Calvillo's No. 13 jersey


Eugenie Bouchard quotes of 2014

Eugenie Bouchard gets emotional during a bad performance at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. (CBC)

Coach to Eugenie: "How are you feeling?" 
Bouchard: "I want to leave the court." 
Coach: "I understand, I understand."

— Conversation between Eugenie Bouchard and her coach at Rogers Cup on Aug. 5, 2014

Related story: Rogers Cup shocker: Eugenie Bouchard ousted in Montreal


Subban quotes of 2014

P.K. Subban during a game against the Boston Bruins. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

"It's going to be great. I can't wait for the crowd, the noise, the energy in the building. I can't wait to take that all away from them." 

— P.K. Subban ahead of Game 7 in the Habs' playoff series against the Boston Bruins, on April 30, 2014


Lino Zambito quotes of 2014

Lino Zambito at the Charbonneau Commission. (Photo by Paul Chiasson/CP)

"I hope they continue doing that work. I know that with less staff it's more difficult, but I'm very surprised that CBC/Radio-Canada is cutting in their budgets."

— Lino Zambito to the Charbonneau Commission concerning budget cuts to CBC and Radio-Canada's investigative programs, which contributed to Zambito being charged with fraud, on April 24, 2014


Couillard quotes of 2014

Philippe Couillard on the campaign trail before being elected premier of Quebec in April 2014. (Mathieu Belanger/Reuters)

"Bilingualism isn't a threat. Knowledge of English is indispensable."

— Philippe Couillard during an election debate in March 2014

Related story: 10 questions with Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard


Easter egg hunt

An Easter egg hunt in Laval, Quebec. (Darin Oswald/Canadian Press)

"It was really the beginning of the loss of control.” 

— Cocothon organizer Angella Pattas on Laval’s Easter egg hunt that went horribly wrong, as reported by CBC/Radio-Canada on April 22, 2014

Related story: Easter egg hunt in Laval goes horribly wrong


Squirrel quotes of the year

Squirrel could soon be on Quebec menus.

“Squirrel is not an odd thing. It might sound odd, but it’s not.” 

— Chef David McMillan from Montreal’s Joe Beef on a provincial government pilot program that allowed a select number of restaurants to serve meals made from wild game, Feb. 24, 2014

Related story: Wild game meat to be served by Quebec restaurants


Harper quotes of 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper pays his respects as Guerette Vincent, mother of warrant officer Patrice Vincent, looks on after funeral services for warrant officer Vincent Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Vincent was run over and killed in what is being described as a terrorist attack. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

"The whole career of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent represents the very opposite of the savage ideology that cost him his life … That ideology of hate is not Canadian, and it will never prevail here."

— Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the funeral of Patrice Vincent, who died in October in a targeted hit-and-run by a "radicalized" driver, on Nov. 1, 2014


Liu quotes of 2014

Joanne Liu, international president of Doctors Without Borders, at an Ebola centre in Sierra Leone. (Doctors Without Borders)

"We have dehumanized death. We often just put death in terms of figures. That's what keeps me going, because behind everyone who has died in West Africa there's a story of a child, of a grandmother, of a villager and it's more than just figures. Death is more than just figures."
 
— Joanne Liu, Montreal doctor and international president of Doctors Without Borders, on Dec. 22, 2014

Related audio: Dr. Joanne Liu named Time Magazine's Person Of the Year for her work in Ebola-ravaged areas


Lin quotes of 2014

Diran Lin, the father of Jun Lin, on Dec. 23 just after Luka Magnotta was found guilty of murdering his son. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

“The night Lin Jun died, parts of many other people died in one way or another. His mother, his sister and me, his friends, [former boyfriend] Lin Feng. In one night, we lost a lifetime of hope, our futures, parts of our past.” 

— Diran Lin via a translator at the Montreal courthouse on Dec. 23, after Luka Magnotta was found guilty of murdering Jun Lin


Honourable mentions

1. Montreal-Boston bet

"I like it. I’ll accept the bet."

— Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on the terms of a friendly wager with Denis Coderre about who would win in the second round of the 2014 playoffs (Boston lost), on May 1, 2014

2. Subban passes gas

"On game days, we eat a lot of different foods: Pasta, sweet potatoes. eggs in the morning, lots of protein. Then I have a coffee before the game, right? And you know what happens when you eat all that stuff [before] a coffee. Sometimes the stomach doesn't take it very well.  So I try to hold it in until I get on the ice, and then I'll, in front of the net sometimes, I'll pass gas. That's the best way to annoy a player.” 

— P.K. Subban on game strategy on Tout le monde en parle, Oct. 5, 2014

3. No books, no problem

"There is not one child who will die from this or who will not read, because there are already books [in libraries]."

 — Yves Bolduc, speaking on cutting schools' book budgets on Aug. 22, 2014

4. Baseball fever

"God willing, my son will grow up in a place where there is prosperous baseball."

— Steven Glazer, Expos fan on the eve of the return of baseball to the Big O for exhibition games between Mets and Blue Jays in March 2014 

5. Anglo angst 

"For the first time since the '90s, I feel like I have to assert my anglophone-ness, my English-ness... You know, things have been dormant and so calm for so long that my brother and myself and my friends were comfortable speaking French."

— Montreal native Marc Stamos who, before the PQ was defeated in the provincial election, said he was considering a move out of the province, on Feb. 25, 2014