"I think that every true reformer, every real friend of liberty,
will agree with me in saying that if we must erect safeguards,
they should be rather for the security of the individual
than of the mass, and that our chiefest care must be
to train the majority to respect the rights of the minority,
to prevent the claims of the few from being trampled
under foot by the caprice or passion of the many."
in the Legislative Assembly, Canada, March 9, 1865; reproduced in Janet Ajzenstat, Paul Romney, Ian Gentles, and William D. Gairdner (Eds.), Canada’s Founding Debates (Toronto: Stoddart, 1999), p. 19.
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