HOW CANADIANS GOVERN THEMSELVES

Questions from Discover Canada Chapter – How Canadians Govern Themselves. 

The only official study guide for the Canadian citizenship test is Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship, available from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website at no cost.

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Which of these policy areas would come under the control of the provinces?
Civil rights
Navigation
Interprovincial trade
Citizenship

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The provinces are governed by…?
Legislative assemblies
Direct rule
Plebiscites
Federal government

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Canada is…?
All of these
A federal state
A Parliamentary democracy
A constitutional monarchy

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Traditionally, Canada holds Parliamentary elections every…?
4 years
5 years
3 years
6 years

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Proposed laws for debate in Parliament are called what?
Bills
Proposals
Papers
Drafts

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Who grants Royal assent for bills to become law on behalf of the Sovereign?
The Governor General
The Prime Minister
The House of Commons
The Senate

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In the three territories, the federal government is represented by what?
A Commissioner
A Regional Governor
A Head of Territory
A Territorial Prime Minister

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How old do you have to be to vote in Canada?
18
17
19
21

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Who appoints the Canadian Governor General?
The Sovereign on the advice of the Prime Minister
The Prime Minister on the advice of the Sovereign
The House of Commons
The Canadian electorate

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The elected part of the Parliament of Canada is called what?
The House of Commons
The House of Lords
The Senate
The House of Representatives

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To become law in Canada, a bill has to…?
All of these
Be passed by the House of Commons
Be passed by the Senate
Be given Royal assent

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Who selects Canada’s Cabinet ministers?
The Prime Minister
The Sovereign
The Senate
The House of Commons

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Members of the House of Commons are responsible for…?
All of these
Passing laws
Approving expenditure
Keeping government accountable

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Which of these terms describe the Canadian Prime Minister?
Head of government
Head of state
Head of parliament
Head of Senate

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How many judges are there in the Supreme Court of Canada?
Nine
Six
Twelve
Three

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Which of these policy areas would come under federal government?
Currency
Education
Highways
Natural resources

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The equivalent of the Prime Minister in the federal government is called what in each province?
Premier
Governor
Regional Prime Minister
Head of Region

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The federal government sits where?
Ottawa
Montréal
Toronto
Vancouver

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Lieutenant Governors usually serve terms of…?
5 years
3 years
8 years
10 years

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Which of these is not part of Parliament?
Lieutenant Governor
Sovereign
House of Commons
Senate

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How many other nations is Canada linked to through the Commonwealth?
53
43
33
63

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Which part of the Parliament of Canada has members appointed by the Governor General?
The Senate
The House of Commons
The House of Lords
The Governor’s House

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Who appoints the Lieutenant Governors in Canada?
The Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister
The Sovereign on the advice of the Governor General
The Prime Minister on the advice of the Governor General
The House of Commons

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The Canadian Governor General usually serves a term of…?
5 years
3 years
8 years
10 years

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Canadian Senators serve until they reach what age?
75
65
70
80

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A provincial legislature comprises the elected Assembly and…?
A Lieutenant Governor
A regional Prime Minister
A regional President
A Governor General

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The Canadian Government must resign if they lose what sort of vote in Parliament?
A non-confidence vote
An education bill vote
A health bill
Any sort of vote

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Which of these is not a branch of Canadian government?
The monarchy
The executive
The legislature
The judiciary

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How many times must a bill be “read” in the House of Commons before it becomes law?
Three times
Twice
Once
Four times

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What is a law called before it is official?
A bill
A pre-law
A by-law
A legislature

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Permanent Residency Requirement

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The citizenship exam asks questions about a variety of topics, including the politics, history, and culture of Canada. The questions can vary from one exam to another. These are some of the representative questions you may find on your citizenship test.

Canada’s Aboriginal People

  1. Where did Canada’s aboriginal people come from?
  2. What symbols are influenced by the aboriginal culture?
  3. What is the most influential aboriginal group in Canada?
  4. What are Canada’s primary aboriginal groups?

Canadian Government

  1. How often are national elections in Canada held?
  2. Who is the Prime Minister of Canada?
  3. What is Canada’s system of government?
  4. What are the Houses of Parliament?

Canada’s Culture and History

  1. What is the most popular sport in Canada?
  2. What is the largest province in Canada?
  3. What is the title of the Canadian National Anthem?
  4. What are Canada’s official languages?

Canada’s Geography

  1. What is the southernmost city in Canada?
  2. What country is on Canada’s western border?
  3. What are the names of Canada’s provinces?
  4. What are the oceans that border Canada?

Exam Preparation

  1. You must know the responsibilities and rights of a Canadian citizen.
  2. Take sufficient time to study.
  3. Official study guides are an excellent resource.
  4. The Government of Canada website has all the relevant information you need to know about citizenship.

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