Canadian Democracy, A Concise Introduction - Chapter 9

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Question 1:


a) Organization of a government
b) Organizing public opinion
c) Structuring the vote
d) Promoting interests by attempting to influence government
e) Integrating citizens into a political system

Question 2:


a) Flexible centrist style of politics
b) Right-wing politics
c) Left-wing politics
d) Ideological politics
e) Totalitarianism

Question 3:


a) The predecessor of the Liberal Party
b) The predecessor of the Conservative Party
c) The predecessor of the Progressive Conservative Party
d) The predecessor of the Green Party
e) The predecessor of the New Democratic Party

Question 4:


a) Encouragement of western settlement
b) Implementation of a protective tariff
c) Decentralization of the federation
d) Creation of a transcontinental railroad
e) All of the above were elements of the National Policy of 1878-1879

Question 5:


a) Rouges and Progressives
b) Blancs and Democrats
c) Clear Grits and Blancs
d) Clear Grits and Rouges
e) Progressives and Clear Grits

Question 6:


a) A major policy announcement
b) The control of government largesse
c) Deliberately acting to interfere with the internal functioning of an opposition party
d) Fundraising in other countries
e) None of the above

Question 7:


a) Regional interest and rights
b) Public works and rights
c) Material interest and public works
d) Regional interest and material interest
e) Public works and regional interest

Question 8:


a) The gun control law
b) MPs pensions
c) CF-18 contract
d) All of the above
e) None of the above

Question 9:


a) Protectionist tariffs
b) MP recall
c) Greater use of referendums
d) Relax party discipline
e) Choice to opt out of MPs pensions

Question 10:


a) To absorb defeated candidates
b) To provide enough competition for an election to be legally held
c) To recruit
d) To create new policies
e) To control Parliamentary decision-making

Question 11:


a) The PC Party seen as a much weaker entity without Mulroney as its leader
b) Voters’ dissatisfaction with brokerage-style politics
c) Weakness of party loyalty among voters
d) The erosion of the NDP’s support across the country
e) All of the above were elements.

Question 12:


a) New Democratic Party
b) Canadian Alliance
c) Bloc Quebecois
d) Progressive Conservative Party
e) Liberal Party

Question 13:


a) Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative parties
b) Liberal and Progressive Conservative parties
c) Green and Progressive Conservative parties
d) Canadian Alliance and Liberal parties
e) Canadian Alliance and Green parties

Question 14:


a) NDP-friendly advertising firms were paid for work they did not do.
b) Bloc Quebecois-friendly advertising firms were paid for work they did not do.
c) Conservative-friendly advertising firms were paid for work they did not do.
d) Liberal-friendly advertising firms were paid for work they did not do.
e) Green-friendly advertising firms were paid for work they did not do.

Question 15:


a) Scrapping the Kyoto Accord
b) Privatizing health care
c) Joining US-led military adventures
d) Rolling back abortion rights
e) Centralizing the federation

Question 16:


a) Only the party’s MPs
b) All rank-and-file members of the party
c) Only those members chosen to be delegates
d) Both A and C
e) Both B and C

Question 17:


a) The winning party typically gets 60 per cent of the popular vote.
b) The winning party typically gets 40 per cent of the vote and 60 per cent of the seats.
c) The winning party typically gets 60 per cent of its votes from central Canada.
d) Only 60 per cent of eligible voters typically vote in federal elections.
e) The only centre-right party in Canada gets 40 per cent of the vote and the centre-left get 60 per cent.

Question 18:


a) The run-off system
b) The plurality system
c) The single-transferable vote system
d) The proportional representation system
e) The presidential system

Question 19:


a) It exaggerates the seat count for the strongest major party and for regionally concentrated minor parties.
b) It splinters the party system.
c) It produces unstable government.
d) It encourages ideological polarity.
e) All of the above are arguments made against the proportional electoral system.

Question 20:


a) It gives the impression that some parties have no or little support in certain regions.
b) Minor parties that appeal to interests distributed widely across the country will receive a smaller percentage of seats than votes.
c) It tends to produce unstable government composed of a coalition of parties.
d) It tends to give more seats than votes to minor parties whose support is regionally concentrated.
e) The parliamentary composition of a party will be less representative of the different regions of the country than is that party’s electoral support.

Question 21:


a) Conservative Party
b) Bloc Quebecois
c) Liberal Party
d) New Democratic Party
e) Green Party

Question 22:


a) Donations by special interests, including corporations and trade unions, are banned.
b) Individuals may donate up to $1,100 per year to a registered political party or candidate.
c) Parties receive an annual public subsidy of $1.75 for every vote that they receive.
d) All of the above
e) None of the above

Question 23:


a) Conservatives
b) Liberals
c) NDP
d) Green
e) Bloc Quebecois

Question 24:


a) Setting spending limits for individual candidates and political parties during election campaigns
b) Providing a system of reimbursement for part of their expenses for candidates who receive 15 per cent of the political vote
c) Prohibiting donations by corporations and trade unions
d) Establishing tax credits up to a maximum of $650 for political contributions
e) Requiring candidates and parties to identify contributors who have donated large sums (now set at $200 or more in money or services in kind)

Question 25:


a) Special private meetings between party leaders and the party’s highest-paying donors
b) Private dinners hosted by the Prime Minister at 24 Sussex Drive for the highest-paying party donors
c) Fundraising events where admission is very expensive and where donors receive the opportunity to meet party leaders
d) Private dinners hosted by the leader of the official opposition at Stornoway for the highest-paying party donors
e) Both B and D

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