Canadian Democracy, Eighth Edition: Chapter 9

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Question 1:


a) constitutional convention
b) consultation with an advisory board
c) good knowledge of Canada’s party system
d) the opinion of citizens
e) both b and c

Question 2:


a) activist
b) advisory
c) symbolic
d) mentoring
e) legislative

Question 3:


a) central—they are at the centre of the policy-making process
b) advisory—they act as advisors to Parliament
c) liaising—they liaise between the federal government and the provinces
d) intermediary—they take orders from the monarch
e) symbolic—they do not affect the day-to-day workings of Parliament

Question 4:


a) senators
b) career bureaucrats
c) private citizens
d) the monarch’s top officials
e) members of the House of Commons

Question 5:


a) the Prime Minister’s office
b) the cabinet, under Prime Minister’s leadership
c) the Governor General’s office
d) the senators who belong to the same party as the government
e) officers appointed by the Governor General

Question 6:


a) appoint provincial premiers
b) appoint members to cabinet
c) appoint deputy ministers
d) decide when a new election will be held
e) appoint judges

Question 7:


a) The preamble of the Constitution
b) The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
c) Statute law
d) Conventions
e) All of the above are important sources of prime ministerial power

Question 8:


a) the swearing in of the Prime Minister and cabinet
b) the election of the party whips
c) the election of the Speaker of the House
d) the Budget Speech
e) the Speech from the Throne

Question 9:


a) the administrative offices of the Governor General
b) the original Crown Corporations
c) the offices of Supreme Court judges
d) the units of support of cabinet’s decision-making activities
e) the arms of the Department of Finance

Question 10:


a) The Department of Finance
b) The Special Committee of Council
c) The Treasury Board Secretariat
d) The Prime Minister’s Office
e) The Privy Council Office

Question 11:


a) advising the opposition parties on economic policy
b) the annual formulation of the expenditure budget
c) the formulation of the governing party’s electoral platform
d) advising the Governor General on financial matters
e) managing the Canada Health Transfer program

Question 12:


a) the Governor General’s secretariat
b) the 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 13:


a) the Speaker of the House of Commons
b) the Prime Minister’s Office
c) the House of Commons
d) the Prime Minister
e) cabinet as a whole

Question 14:


a) providing the Prime Minister with advice on policy
b) providing cabinet with logistical support
c) administrating the Prime Minister’s affairs
d) preparing the Prime Minister for Question Period
e) liaising with ministers, caucus, and the party

Question 15:


a) the increased role of cabinet, and the decreasing role of Parliament
b) the decreased role of cabinet, and the increased role of Parliament
c) the reduced role of cabinet, and the reduced role of Parliament
d) the increased role of cabinet, and the increased role of Parliament
e) the unchanged role of cabinet, and the increased role of Parliament

Question 16:


a) the Auditor General
b) the Privacy Commissioner
c) the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
d) the Multiculturalism Commissioner
e) the Parliamentary Budget Officer

Question 17:


a) 22 per cent
b) 68 per cent
c) 39 per cent
d) 71 per cent
e) 59 per cent

Question 18:


a) the provinces, dominant religious denominations, and labour organizations
b) farmers, non-profit groups, and women
c) the regions, the poor, people of colour, and small businesses
d) the regions, the provinces, francophones, anglophones, and economic interests
e) women, dominant religious denominations, and economic interests

Question 19:


a) region
b) province
c) constituency
d) municipality
e) nation

Question 20:


a) scrutiny of government performance
b) constituency representation
c) legitimation of the political system
d) debate of issues
e) all of the above

Question 21:


a) giving policy advice
b) passing laws
c) formulating policy platforms
d) “sober second thought”
e) launching new initiatives

Question 22:


a) possess greater expertise
b) are independent of party discipline
c) have more support from their respective party leaders
d) possess more legitimacy
e) do not focus their attention on Question Period

Question 23:


a) the lack of voter participation in federal elections
b) the difference in powers of the Senate and House of Commons
c) citizen disinterest in parliamentary activities
d) marginalization of the legislature and centralization of power around the PM and cabinet
e) marginalization of cabinet and centralization of power around Senate

Question 24:


a) party work
b) legislative work
c) constituency work
d) policy and issue development
e) caucus meetings

Question 25:


a) individual equality
b) substantive equality
c) individual perspective
d) relative perspective
e) relative equality

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