Reading comprehension

by Aaron Wherry

The Post reports on Jason Kenney’s latest proposal for the immigration system.

The government wants to ensure that people becoming Canadian citizens have a full appreciation of the country’s values — such as rule of law and equality of men and women — as well as its symbols and institutions, he said. He said there would, for instance, be more Canadian history on applicants’ exams…

The minister said the information booklet that leads to the citizenship test has a page on recycling, but he said he doesn’t recall seeing one paragraph on Confederation.

Really, minister? Here is the booklet. Flip to page 12.

CBC once put together a quiz based on the sample questions provided. You must get 12 out of 20 to qualify. Without reading the guide, I managed a not-particularly patriotic, but still satisfactory, 13.


Reading comprehension

  1. So recycling is unCanadian?

  2. Fred Flintstone is correct that there is not enough history in the information booklet, but he needs to tone down his rhetoric so that it better reflects reality.

  3. What!? Tone down the rhetoric? If the CONs get their way, about a third of the book will be rhetoric. But choice partisan rhetoric, only.

    • Do people still think capitalizing CONs is clever or poignant? Because that would be sad.

      • Well it’s not Lieberals or Liberanos, but what we lefties lack in spiteful nicknaming skills we more than made up for in humour and good looks.

  4. We’ve got a science minister who doesn’t believe in science, so why would an Immigration minister who couldn’t past the citizenship test suprise anyone?

  5. Potential citizens must appreciate values such as ‘rule of law’?? I wonder how A. Khadr feels to hear that from a member of a government minister, with the ‘child soldiers’ and all.
    Forget the immigrants – I’d settle for a government that beleives in the rule of law.

    • Standing ovation!

    • Michael, many thanks for unilaterally extending Canadian sovereignty to a USA military possession in Cuba, during your helpful statement in favour of the rule of law. Good luck with the enforcement part — do let us know how that goes.

      • Michael, many thanks for unilaterally extending Canadian sovereignty to a USA military possession in Cuba, during your helpful statement in favour of the rule of law. Good luck with the enforcement part — do let us know how that goes.

        Despite the body of fabricated jurisprudence under which the Khadr case is usually discussed, this really is a matter of international law, under which Canada is bound,

        Nice try at showing off, though.

      • Forget about extending the limits of Canadian sovereignty to Cuba, our government doesn’t even feel sovereign enough to ASK A QUESTION.

        I presume the problem, from Michael’s point of view, is not “Why can’t our government force the Americans to respect due process and the rule of law?”, it’s “Why won’t they make even a minimal effort to TRY?”

        The fault of our government is not that they can’t get Khadr repatriated. Who knows if they even couldn’t? They HAVEN’T EVEN BROACHED THE SUBJECT.

  6. During the Coalition-is-Overthrowing-Democracy Crisis, I was advocating citizenship retesting for all Canadians. Let’s start with the minister, so that he will at least have to read the booklet.

    • The PM needs a refresher too.

  7. I managed a 17 out of 20 on the CBC quiz, so I guess I don’t have to turn in my passport.

    CR’s partially right above that Kenney’s idiotic rhetoric may have gotten in the way of a somewhat legitimate point. Then again, I know literally DOZENS of Canadians born and raised here, educated all their lives in Canada, who couldn’t pass the Citizenship test to save their lives. So, I think it’s worth asking just how important it is to us that immigrants to Canada know substantially and demonstrably more about Canada than those born here, and to what extent. On the other hand (that’s what, three hands now?) those born and raised here had to pass tests like this at SOME POINT in their lives (like, say, to get past grade eight) so even if they’ve subsequently forgotten it all, they still learned it once, presumably. And it’s not like we re-test immigrants every ten years to make sure they still remember what they learned when studying for the Citizenship test (though, the way the Tories treat some Canadians who weren’t born here, maybe that’s on the way…).

  8. I got 18 out of 20! To be fair, I guessed on four questions and got two of them right.

    Still, does this make me some sort of super-citizen? Maybe I should get two votes…

  9. I scored a respectable 17/20 (although I think the “correct answers” were wrong). I wonder how Steve Carrell … uh, I mean Jason Kenney (and his government cohorts) would do on this question:

    18. 18. What is a “party platform”?

    o policies developed by the leaders of each party
    o the history of a political party
    o the plans a political party develops for what they would do in government

  10. OKaym I got 18 out of 20, but I’m pretty sure the ‘correct’ answers to 2 and 5 are wrong.

  11. I got 18 out of 20, but I’m pretty sure the ‘correct’ answers to 2 and 5 are wrong.

    • Agreed. Would love to see CBC’s explanation of answer #2.

    • I’m pretty sure Q4 is wrong too. If the HBC was chartered in 1670, and the Rupert’s land act whereby they surrendered the NWT was in 1868, how did they control the lands for 300 years?

    • I agree that several of the answers are “wrong”, however, it is multiple choice, and I think for the most part the answers considered “correct” are at least the “most correct” of the possible answers given.

      It’s not that the CBC has the right answers, it’s just that their “correct” answers are less incorrect than their “incorrect” answers are.

  12. I was positive PEI was one of the original four provinces!! After all, wasn’t Canada formed at the conference there?

    • Confederation did take place there, which makes it all the more ironic they didn’t join. As one theory goes, not many people in PEI were even paying attention because a circus had come to Charlottetown at the same time.

  13. So let us guess what Jason Kenney wants to ask

    Where are the Rockies located
    Alberta and BC
    Mountains only count if you live in Alberta.

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