Canadian Democracy, A Concise Introduction - Chapter 8

Instructions: For each question, click on the radio button beside your answer. When you have completed the entire quiz, click the “Submit my answers” button at the bottom of the page to receive your results.

Question 1:


a) Appointing the leader of the official opposition
b) Deciding when Parliament should be dissolved
c) Deciding when a new election will be held
d) Appointing the Prime Minister
e) Both B and C

Question 2:


a) Activist
b) Advisory
c) Symbolic
d) Mentor
e) Irreplaceable

Question 3:


a) Senators
b) Career bureaucrats
c) Private citizens
d) The Monarch’s top officials
e) Privy councillors

Question 4:


a) The Prime Minister’s office
b) The cabinet
c) The Governor General’s office
d) Senators belonging to the same party as the government
e) The monarch's top officials

Question 5:


a) Provincial premiers
b) Who will be appointed to, or removed from, cabinet
c) Appointing deputy ministers
d) When a new election will be held
e) Appointing judges

Question 6:


a) The weakness of Canada’s political parties
b) Relationship between the political executive and the media
c) Responsible government
d) The support of the monarch
e) Accountability

Question 7:


a) The support of his/her party caucus
b) The support of the Governor General
c) The support of the Prime Minister
d) The support of his/her fellow Cabinet colleagues
e) The support of his/her constituents

Question 8:


a) The administrative offices of the Governor General
b) The original Crown Corporations
c) The offices of Supreme Court judges
d) Parts of the bureaucracy whose main purpose is to support the decision-making activities of cabinet
e) Government ministries

Question 9:


a) Department of Finance
b) Special Committee of Council
c) Treasury board secretariat
d) Prime minister’s office
e) Privy Council office

Question 10:


a) Through its role in advising the opposition parties on economic policy
b) Through its role in the formulation of the expenditure budget
c) Through its role in the formulation of the governing party’s electoral platform
d) Through its role in advising the Governor General on financial matters
e) None of the above

Question 11:


a) The Governor General’s secretariat
b) Cabinet’s secretariat
c) A principal source of policy advice to the Prime Minister
d) Both A and C
e) Both B and C

Question 12:


a) Employment and personnel matters
b) Macro economic and budgeting decisions
c) Micro economic and budgeting decisions
d) Administrative policy within the federal government
e) Both A and C

Question 13:


a) Providing the Prime Minister with political advice
b) Formulating the expenditure outlook
c) Administration of the Prime Minister’s affairs
d) Preparing the Prime Minister for Question Period
e) Both A and D

Question 14:


a) The increased power of the Prime Minister, the increased role of cabinet, and the decreasing role of Parliament
b) The decreased power of the Prime Minister, the decreased role of cabinet, and the increased role of Parliament
c) The increased power of the Prime Minister, the reduced role of cabinet, and the reduced role of Parliament
d) The decreased power of the Prime Minister, the increased role of cabinet, and the increased role of Parliament
e) The increased power of the Prime Minister, the increased role of cabinet, and the increasing role of Parliament

Question 15:


a) Advising the Prime Minister on relations with the governments of other countries
b) Providing advice to the Prime Minister on national unity matters
c) Providing communications support on federal–provincial relations
d) Working with the provincial governments
e) Developing policy with respect to Aboriginal peoples

Question 16:


a) In the cabinet
b) In the governments of other countries
c) In the opposition parties
d) In the public service
e) In business organizations

Question 17:


a) Policy implementation
b) Measuring public opinion
c) Election campaign strategy
d) Media relations
e) Controlling parliamentary decision-making

Question 18:


a) The public service, agencies and tribunals, and crown corporations
b) The public service, crown corporations, and the courts
c) Agencies and tribunals, crown corporations, and the military
d) Crown corporations, the courts, and the military
e) The military, the courts, and the public service

Question 19:


a) Provision of services to the public
b) Generating policy advice
c) Interpretation of regulations
d) Providing campaign support for ministers
e) Disbursement of funds to groups, organizations and individuals

Question 20:


a) Bureaucrats should take into account citizens’ preferences when developing policy.
b) The higher echelons of the public services should be comprised of elected representatives.
c) The bureaucracy should be comprised of the several cultural communities in Canada.
d) Bureaucrats should be required to make themselves more accessible to the public.
e) The composition of the bureaucracy should reasonably reflect the major demographic characteristics of society.

Question 21:


a) More influential than the bureaucracy and more influential than cabinet
b) Less influential than the bureaucracy and less influential than cabinet
c) More influential than the bureaucracy and less influential than cabinet
d) Less influential than the bureaucracy and more influential than cabinet
e) None of the above

Question 22:


a) Region
b) Province
c) Constituency
d) Municipality
e) Nation

Question 23:


a) Giving policy advice
b) Passage of laws
c) Formulating policy platforms
d) “Sober second thought”
e) Controlling citizens

Question 24:


a) Representation, debate, and legitimation
b) Legitimation, debate, and analysis
c) Analysis, representation, and debate
d) Representation, debate, and legitimation
e) Analysis, legitimation, and debate

Question 25:


a) Caucus members are unelected and caucus members do not get to vote on bills.
b) Caucus members do not get to vote on bills and caucus enters the policy-making process late.
c) Extremely unpopular policies are not affected by caucus opposition and caucus members do not get to vote on bills.
d) Extremely unpopular policies are not affected by caucus opposition and caucus enters the policy-making process late.
e) None of the above

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