Do you know how Canada’s Parliamentary system works?

We’ve pulled our parliamentary quiz out of the archives. Find out your political IQ.


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Do you know how Canada’s Parliamentary system works?

  1. 9 out of 10! (crickets chirp)

  2. 8/10. Does that mean twice as many crickets for me?

  3. Fun quiz, BTW. Thanks.

  4. 10/10. Take that!

    …I’m not lying.

  5. 3/10. Who cares?

  6. 8/10. Got the “how often is parliament required to sit” and “officially, when is a member allowed to read from a text” questions wrong.

  7. “3/10. Who cares?” says Jeff.

    Shame on you!

    We care because you possibly have the legal right to vote in our country notwithstanding your ignorance of our country’s system of government.

    • yea! if you dont know about turtlenecks seating arrangments and the mace then you shouldnt be voting! Does it look as dumb when i write it?

  8. Canada cares, jeff.

    By the way, did you happen to know this about Canada’s parliamentary system? It’s a little known fact that, during a prorogued parliament only, our system allows for the immediate banishment from this nation anyone who scores less than 7/10 on any quiz on the Macleans website, who does not immediately express an appropriate level of teeth-gnashing and/or garment rending. No second chances, no appeals. You didn’t know that? Too bad. Goodbye.

    P.S. Also, at this time of year, Santa cares as well. I don’t suppose you knew that, either.

  9. Very few of these questions actually test information about our system of government that is really important.

    Q. #1 – about the turtleneck is inane trivia
    Q. #2 – about the use of a lectern, suggests one is pretty observant about watching QP clips, but would never be on a citizenship test
    Q. #3 – about the prepared speech, interesting, but again along the lines of trivia – getting it right or wrong does not suggest any great knowledge about the constitution or Parliament
    Q.#4 – This one is important. It is defined in the constitution. People should know this. As of my taking the test only 56% do.
    Q. #5 – about the ceremonial mace – this one is less trivial and a little closer to getting at necessary knowledge about understanding parliament – getting this one right indicates you probably know a reasonable amount about how parliament works. Getting it wrong though shouldn’t be reason to doubt one’s citizenship
    Q #6 – About who sits above the speaker – pretty much trivia, getting it right only suggests you can remember the last time you visited the House of Commons.
    Q #7 – How often is Parliament required to sit? Like #4 this is important and in the Constitution. As of my doing the test only 26% got it right.
    Q. #8 – About the number necessary for Quorum. People should know why the Quorum is necessary. If you got the right answer (without making a lucky guess) you probably know quite a bit about the workings of Parliament.
    Q. #9 – About first order of business for parliament – This is like number 5. If you got it right, you probably know you’re stuff, but its no reason to deny anyone the vote.
    Q. 10# Same as #5 and #9. Good for you for getting it right. No great loss for getting it wrong.

    Personal score 8/10, missed #3 & 10.

  10. Quorum for a 308 seat house is 20?!?!
    And what is the story behind the turtleneck? Did someone really get barred in the past? What about a woman wearing a turtleneck?

  11. Unfortunately if this was aimed at a more general audience – say people who call in to radio talk shows – as opposed to the sophisticates here at Macleans, you would need to ask some more basic questions, such as:

    1. Do we vote for a Prime Minister?

    2. What is the difference between a minority and majority government?

    3. How might we expect a Prime Minister leading a minority government to behave differently than one heading up a majority government?

    3. Under the parliamentary system, can a government be replaced without holding another election?

    4. What are the consequences of a non-confidence vote against the government?

    5. What is the source of legitimacy under a parliamentary system: the support of a majority of MPs in the House of Commons or the latest opinion polls?

  12. 50%. Not that bad for an American…

  13. I disagree with the turtleneck question. I seem to recall Warren Allmand in a photograph wearing a turtleneck with a tie on. The reason for this sartorial no-no was that he had to be wearing a tie to sit in the House. So it had nothing to do with his turtleneck but rather not wearing a tie that was the issue.

  14. I got 10/10 and i’m only 11 WHAT NOW

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