Canadian Democracy, Eighth Edition: Chapter 6

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Question 1:


a) how they are made and in terms of their style
b) how they are made and in terms of their substance
c) how they are celebrated and in terms of their substance
d) how they are preserved and in terms of their substance
e) how they are presented and in terms of their style

Question 2:


a) the relations between the public and private sectors, and between different parts of the state
b) the relations between the state and the environment, and between different parts of the state
c) the relations between the citizens and the state, and between the state and the environment
d) the relations between the citizens and the state, and between different parts of the state
e) the relations between the public and private sectors, and between the state and the environment

Question 3:


a) written documents
b) common law
c) constitutional conventions
d) both a and b
e) all of the above

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) the provinces are subordinate to the federal government, and the federal government takes votes from each province to exercise its powers

Question 6:


a) respect for the inherent dignity of every person
b) commitment to equality and social justice
c) social and cultural diversity
d) all of the above
e) none of the above

Question 7:


a) all government action had to be in conformity with the Constitution
b) Parliament could override laws passed by provincial legislatures
c) Parliament could override the Constitution
d) Parliament could override all actions taken by the Governor General
e) Parliament could do as it liked as long as it didn’t trespass into another government level’s jurisdiction

Question 8:


a) the Charter of Rights and Freedoms of 1982
b) the Royal Proclamation of 1763
c) the Quebec Act of 1774
d) both a and c
e) all of the above

Question 9:


a) there is a lack of voter participation in the electoral process
b) minorities influence the majority on public policy
c) the majority of citizens supports a particular government action even if it is unlawful or unconstitutional
d) a majority party forms the government and begins enacting legislation
e) all of the above

Question 10:


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

Question 11:


a) the House of Commons and provincial legislatures must meet once a 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) 1
b) 7
c) 15
d) 24
e) 35

Question 13:


a) 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) provide individuals with grounds for redress if they believe the law discriminates against them and exclude the basis for laws that treat different groups of people differently
c) 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) prevent individuals from seeking redress if they believe that the law discriminates against them and exclude the basis 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) the Prime Minister and cabinet require the confidence of the unelected Governor General in order to govern
b) the Prime Minister and cabinet require the confidence of the elected provincial legislatures in order to govern
c) the Prime Minister and cabinet require the confidence of the unelected Senate in order to govern
d) the Prime Minister and cabinet require the confidence of the elected House of Commons in order to govern
e) the Prime Minister and cabinet require the confidence of the unelected bureaucracy in order to govern

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) political parties to punish all MPs who dissent

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 the ministry’s name
d) the obligation of cabinet ministers to explain and defend policies and actions carried out in their name
e) the obligation of elected officials to carry out all promises made during the election process in the course of their terms

Question 18:


a) interference by the cabinet in their decision-making
b) any and all interference in their decision-making
c) any interference in their decision-making, except by the Governor General
d) any interference in their decision-making, except by the Prime Minister
e) any influence from the House of Commons so that they can remain impartial

Question 19:


a) to interpret what the law and the Constitution mean when disputes arise
b) to select the Prime Minister and decide on the legislative process
c) to maintain the relationship between Senators and Members of Parliament
d) to maintain the relationship among the judiciary, executive and legislative branches
e) to sign bills into law

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) a strong political executive and a population deferential towards those in power

Question 21:


a) establish formal mechanisms for changing the Constitution
b) transform the Constitution from a set of British laws into Canadian constitutional laws
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) the Netherlands
b) Canada
c) the United States
d) Sweden
e) the United Kingdom

Question 23:


a) British Columbia and Alberta
b) Ontario and Quebec
c) Nova Scotia and New Brunswick
d) Manitoba and Newfoundland
e) Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island

Question 24:


a) constitutional recognition of a province’s right to control its own health-care policy
b) constitutional recognition of a province’s right 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
e) provincial power to nominate justices to the Supreme Court of Canada

Question 25:


a) if under the Constitution of Canada, Quebec could unilaterally secede from Canada
b) if Quebec’s international status made it likely that a declaration of independence by Quebec would be recognized by countries such as France
c) if international law gave Quebec the right to secede from Canada
d) which law took precedence if there was a conflict between international law and the Canadian Constitution on the separation of Quebec
e) none of the above questions were asked in that reference

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