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CBC Montreal year in review: Most memorable quotes of 2014

12/26/2014 11:00 EST | Updated 02/25/2015 05:59 EST
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.

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

"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

"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
 

“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

“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

"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

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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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