Canadian Civics Quiz For Foreigners

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Canadian Civics Quiz For Foreigners - Quiz

How closely have you been following Canadian politics and current events?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The two main political parties in English Canada are the Liberal Party and the Conservative Party. What is the name of the third-place, far-left party? 

    Explanation
    The correct answer is NDP, New Democrats, or New Democratic Party. The question asks for the name of the third-place, far-left party in English Canada. The NDP, or New Democratic Party, is considered to be a left-wing political party in Canada and is often seen as the third major party alongside the Liberal Party and the Conservative Party.

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  • 2. 

    The current leader of the Liberal Party of Canada is named:

    • A.

      Peter Milliken

    • B.

      Claude Ryan

    • C.

      Michael Ignatieff

    • D.

      Peter MacKay

    • E.

      Jack Layton

    Correct Answer
    C. Michael Ignatieff
    Explanation
    Michael Ignatieff is the correct answer because he was the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2008 to 2011. He served as the Member of Parliament for Etobicoke—Lakeshore and led the party during the 2011 federal election. Ignatieff is a prominent Canadian academic, writer, and former journalist. He has also held various academic positions at renowned institutions such as Harvard University and the University of Toronto.

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  • 3. 

    The Quebec-based political party that champions French-Canadian nationalism is called the:

    • A.

      Bloc Quebecois

    • B.

      Action Democratique

    • C.

      Front de Liberation du Quebec

    • D.

      Assemblee Nationale

    • E.

      Separatist Party of Quebec

    Correct Answer
    A. Bloc Quebecois
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Bloc Quebecois. The Bloc Quebecois is a political party based in Quebec, Canada, that advocates for French-Canadian nationalism and the protection of Quebec's interests within the Canadian federation. They support Quebec's separation from Canada and the promotion of French language and culture.

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  • 4. 

    What happened in the 2006 Canadian Federal Election?

    • A.

      The Conservative Party, under Stephen Harper, defeated Liberal Prime Minister Stephane Dion

    • B.

      The Liberal government resigned, allowing a Conservative/NDP coalition to take power.

    • C.

      Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin was defeated.

    • D.

      Canada elected its first conservative government in over 40 years.

    • E.

      The Liberal Party clung to power, despite losing its majority in Parliament.

    Correct Answer
    C. Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin was defeated.
    Explanation
    In the 2006 Canadian Federal Election, Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin was defeated. This means that he lost the election and did not remain in power as the Prime Minister.

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  • 5. 

    The representative of Queen Elizabeth II in Canada is called the:

    Correct Answer
    governor general
    governor-general
    governorgeneral
    Explanation
    The representative of Queen Elizabeth II in Canada is known as the governor general. This individual serves as the monarch's representative and performs ceremonial duties, including opening and closing sessions of Parliament, giving royal assent to legislation, and representing Canada on state visits. The term "governor general" can be spelled with or without a hyphen, or as a single word, but all three variations refer to the same position.

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  • 6. 

    Complete the following sentence: "The Senate of Canada...."

    • A.

      ... formally elects the governor general, but little else.

    • B.

      ... meets only once a year.

    • C.

      ... gives each province 10 seats.

    • D.

      ... contains members appointed by the prime minister.

    • E.

      ... does not exist.

    Correct Answer
    D. ... contains members appointed by the prime minister.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "contains members appointed by the prime minister." In the Senate of Canada, members are appointed by the prime minister. This is in contrast to the House of Commons, where members are elected by the public. The appointment of senators allows the prime minister to have influence and control over the composition of the Senate, which can impact the legislative process in Canada.

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  • 7. 

    The fundamental rights of each Canadian citizen are enshrined in a document known as the:

    • A.

      Charter of Rights and Freedoms

    • B.

      Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

    • C.

      Canadian Rights Act

    • D.

      Declaration of Human Rights

    • E.

      Charter of Citizenship

    Correct Answer
    A. Charter of Rights and Freedoms
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a document that outlines the fundamental rights and freedoms of Canadian citizens. It guarantees various rights such as freedom of speech, religion, and association, as well as equality rights and legal rights. It is a constitutional document that forms part of the Canadian Constitution and is considered a cornerstone of Canadian law. The other options listed, such as the Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, Canadian Rights Act, Declaration of Human Rights, and Charter of Citizenship, are not correct as they either do not exist or do not specifically pertain to Canadian citizens.

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  • 8. 

    What was the name of the highly influential, left-wing Canadian prime minister during the 1970s and 80s? 

    Correct Answer
    Trudeau
    Pierre Trudeau
    Truedeau
    Trudau
    Truedo
    Explanation
    Pierre Trudeau was the highly influential, left-wing Canadian prime minister during the 1970s and 80s.

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  • 9. 

    Canada's three biggest provinces are:

    • A.

      Ontario, Newfound, and Quebec

    • B.

      Quebec, British Columbia, and Newfoundland

    • C.

      Vancouver, Quebec, and Ontario

    • D.

      British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario

    • E.

      Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec

    Correct Answer
    E. Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec. These three provinces are considered the biggest in Canada based on their population and land area. Ontario is the most populous province and is home to Canada's largest city, Toronto. British Columbia is known for its stunning natural landscapes, including the Rocky Mountains and Pacific coastline. Quebec is the second-most populous province and is recognized for its French-speaking culture and historic cities like Montreal and Quebec City.

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  • 10. 

    The Canadian capital city of Ottawa is located in what province?

    Correct Answer
    Ontario
    Explanation
    Ottawa is located in the province of Ontario. Ontario is the most populous province in Canada and home to the country's largest city, Toronto. Ottawa was chosen as the capital of Canada because of its central location within the province of Ontario, making it easily accessible from various parts of the country. The province of Ontario is known for its diverse population, vibrant cities, and natural beauty, including the iconic Niagara Falls.

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