Take our advanced 20 question quiz designed to test knowledge of the basics of Canada’s political and electoral systems. The quiz consists of three levels of questions and a bonus level, starting with a few simple ones and ending with some some of the more challenging ones.
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Level 1: Easy (5 Questions) 1. What is Canada's federal legislative body called?
In Canada, the body that makes and passes federal laws is called Parliament.
2. What are the three levels of government in Canada?
Federal, Provincial and Municipal is the correct answer.
3. What type of a political system does Canada have?
We have Westminster-style Parliamentary Democracy that we inherited from the United Kingdom.
4. Who is the head of state in Canada?
The reigning British Monarch is the head of state in Canada.
5. Who is the head of the government in Canada?
The head of the government is the Prime Minister.
Level 2: Medium (5 Questions) 6. What are the three branches of government in Canada?
The three branches of government are Legislative, Executive and Judicial.
7. How does the Canadian Prime Minister usually end up in that position?
Usually, the leader of the party with the most seats becomes the Prime Minister.
8. What type of a federal electoral system does Canada have?
Our system is called First Past the Post - the candidate in a given district (riding) who receives more votes than any other single candidate wins the seat.
9. Who has the right to know for whom you voted?
No one has that right.
10. What is one of the requirements to run for office in Canada?
The candidate must be a Canadian citizen: the rest of these answers are not required.
Level 3: Hard (5 Questions) 11. Does Canada have a written constitution?
Our constitution is a series or separate documents, judicial precedents and some unwritten traditions.
12. How often do we have federal elections in Canada?
The government is elected for a four year term, but the Governor General has the authority to dissolve the parliament earlier, upon the advice of the Prime Minister (such as when the government loses the confidence of the House of Commons).
13. How do Canadian federal ministers usually end up in the cabinet?
They are elected Members of Parliament or Senators appointed by the Prime Minister.
14. Where do the leaders of Canada’s major federal political parties generally come from?
Usually, only registered members (or in other cases only delegates) of each party vote for their leader during a party leadership election or party convention.
15. What is a "majority government”?
When one political party wins more seats than all other parties combined, this party forms what is called a majority government. This allows the party in government to pass laws without the need of the other parties' support.
Bonus Level (5 Questions) 16. What are the chambers of Canada's Parliament?
We have what is called a bicameral system, consisting of two chambers, the Senate and the House of Commons.
17. In order to run for office in Canada, at any level, how old must you be?
You have to be at least 18 years old to be able to run for office.
18. The Canadian political party with the second highest seats won during an election is called?
It is called the Official Opposition.
19. What is an electoral district association?
An association of members of one registered political party in an electoral district.
20. How do candidates from our major political parties generally end up on our federal election ballots?
Before the election a party can either appoint a candidate or run a local election to vote for the candidate who will represent them in the election.
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