Canadian Democracy, A Concise Introduction - Chapter 5

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Question 1:


a) How they are made and their style
b) How they are made and their substance
c) How they are celebrated and their substance
d) How they are preserved and their substance
e) How they are interpreted by political scientists.

Question 2:


a) The relations between the public and private sectors, and between the different components of the state
b) The relations between the state and the environment, and between the different components of the state
c) The relations between the citizen and the state, and between the state and the environment
d) The relations between the citizen and the state, and between the different components of the state
e) None of the above

Question 3:


a) Constitutional law
b) Unwritten conventions
c) Civil law
d) Written conventions
e) Tradition

Question 4:


a) Representation
b) Succession
c) Power
d) Rights
e) All of the above are constitutional functions.

Question 5:


a) The provinces are subordinate to the federal government and the federal government is not dependent on the provinces for the exercise of its powers.
b) The provinces are not subordinate to the federal government and the federal government is not dependent on the provinces for the exercise of its powers.
c) The provinces are superior to the federal government and the federal government is dependent on the provinces for the exercise of its powers.
d) Some provinces are superior and others are subordinate to the federal government and the federal government is dependent on some provinces for the exercise of its powers.
e) None of the above

Question 6:


a) The founders intended to implement a Charter at a later date.
b) The founders intended to establish a dictatorship until Canada was fully established as a country spanning from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.
c) The representative and democratic of Canada’s political institutions was assumed.
d) Both A and B
e) None of the above

Question 7:


a) All government action must be in conformity with the Constitution.
b) Parliament can override laws passed by provincial legislatures.
c) Parliament can override the Constitution in any way it chooses.
d) Parliament can override all actions taken by the Governor General.
e) None of the above

Question 8:


a) The Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 1982
b) The Royal Proclamation, 1763
c) The Quebec Act, 1774
d) Both A and C
e) All of the above

Question 9:


a) Groups are more likely to access the juridical arm of government in the protection of their rights.
b) Groups are more secure.
c) Groups are less likely to access the judicial arm of government in the protection of their rights.
d) Both A and B
e) Both B and C

Question 10:


a) Freedom of expression
b) Freedom of power
c) Freedom of assembly
d) Freedom of the media
e) Freedom of association

Question 11:


a) The House of Commons and provincial legislatures must meet once per year.
b) Every citizen has the right to elected representation.
c) Every citizen has the right to campaign.
d) Every citizen has the right to vote.
e) There is a five-year limit on the life of the House of Commons and legislatures.

Question 12:


a) The courts became much bolder in striking down parts of the law.
b) The courts became more reluctant to strike down parts of the law.
c) Parliament became less reluctant to pass laws that limit the legal rights of the accused, convicted criminals, and immigrants.
d) Provincial legislatures became less reluctant to pass laws that limited the legal rights of the accused, convicted criminals, and immigrants.
e) None of the above

Question 13:


a) They provide individuals with grounds for redress if they believe the law discriminates against them and provide a basis for laws that treat different groups of people differently.
b) They provide individuals with grounds for redress if they believe the law discriminates against them and deliberately excludes the basis for laws that treat different groups of people differently.
c) They prevent individuals from seeking redress if they belief that the law discriminates against them and provide a basis for laws that treat different groups of people differently.
d) They prevent individuals from seeking redress if they believe that the law discriminates against them and deliberately excludes the bases for laws that treat different groups of people differently.
e) None of the above

Question 14:


a) The Governor General
b) Past members of cabinet
c) The Queen
d) Past prime ministers
e) Present members of cabinet

Question 15:


a) That the prime minster and cabinet require the confidence of the unelected Governor General in order to govern
b) That the prime minster and cabinet require the confidence of the elected provincial legislatures in order to govern
c) That the prime minister and cabinet require the confidence of the unelected Senate in order to govern
d) That the prime minister and cabinet require the confidence of the elected House of Commons in order to govern
e) None of the above

Question 16:


a) Political parties to report their plans to the Governor General
b) MPs of a party to adhere to rules of conduct in the legislature
c) MPs of a party to vote as a unified block in the legislature
d) Political parties to disclose their spending to the public
e) MPs of a party to attend Question Period.

Question 17:


a) The obligation of opposition MPs to explain and defend their criticisms of government
b) The obligation of the Governor General to explain and defend policies and actions carried out by the government
c) The obligation of a representative of a ministry to explain and defend policies and actions carried out in its name
d) The obligation of a cabinet minister to explain and defend policies and actions carried out in his/her name
e) None of the above

Question 18:


a) Judges are to be free from interference by the cabinet in their decision-making.
b) Judges are to be free from any and all interference in their decision-making.
c) Judges are to be free from any and all interference in their decision-making, except by the Governor General.
d) Judges are to be free from any and all interference in their decision-making, except by the prime minister.
e) None of the above

Question 19:


a) The selection of the cabinet and the legislative process
b) The selection of the prime minister and the legislative process
c) The selection of judges and the judicial decision-making process
d) The selection of senators and the judicial decision-making process
e) None of the above

Question 20:


a) A strong political executive and a population distrustful towards those in power
b) A weak political executive and a population deferential towards those in power
c) Strong civic engagement and a population distrustful towards those in power
d) Weak civic engagement and a population deferential towards those in power
e) None of the above

Question 21:


a) Establish formal mechanisms for changing the constitution
b) Transform the constitution from a set of British laws into Canadian constitutional law
c) Enshrine all constitutional conventions into constitutional law
d) Entrench the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the constitution
e) Both B and C

Question 22:


a) General (ss. 38, 42)
b) Unanimous consent (s. 41)
c) Ottawa and one or more provinces (s. 43)
d) Ottawa or a province acting alone (s. 44, 45)
e) None of the above

Question 23:


a) General (ss. 38, 42)
b) Unanimous consent (s. 41)
c) Ottawa and one or more provinces (s. 43)
d) Ottawa or a province acting alone (s. 44, 45)
e) None of the above

Question 24:


a) Constitutional recognition of a provincial right for a province to control its own health-care policy
b) Constitutional recognition of a provincial right for a province to control its own immigration policy
c) Changes to constitutional amendment procedures and categories
d) Constitutional entrenchment of a provincial right to opt out of federal–provincial shared-cost programs, and to be reimbursed for running their own parallel programs
e) Provincial power to nominate justices to the Supreme Court of Canada

Question 25:


a) Under the Constitution of Canada, can Quebec unilaterally secede from Canada?
b) Does Quebec’s international status make it likely that a declaration of independence by Quebec would be recognized by countries such as France?
c) Does international law give Quebec the right to secede from Canada?
d) If there is a conflict between international law and the Canadian Constitution regarding the separation of Quebec, which takes precedence?
e) All of the above questions were asked.

Question 26:


a) True
b) False

Question 27:


a) True
b) False

Question 28:


a) True
b) False

Question 29:


a) True
b) False

Question 30:


a) True
b) False

Question 31:


a) True
b) False

Question 32:


a) True
b) False

Question 33:


a) True
b) False

Question 34:


a) True
b) False

Question 35:


a) True
b) False

Question 36:


a) True
b) False

Question 37:


a) True
b) False

Question 38:


a) True
b) False

Question 39:


a) True
b) False

Question 40:


a) True
b) False