Quiz: How Much Do You know About the Canadian Government?
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How Much Do You know About the Canadian Government?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

That vast majority of Canadians live within 100 miles or so of the United States-Canada border. But the invisible line that divides these populations also speaks to places with very different systems of government. On one side, a democratic republic prevails. On the other? A type of system with its roots far across the Atlantic Ocean. Cast your vote in our Canadian government quiz! Do you really know anything about the way Canadian government works?

The United States is a young country, but as it turns out, Canada is even younger. Do you know when Canada was officially formed? And do you know how the country was organized its earliest days?

Like all large countries, Canada relies on multiple layers of government to make sure that its roadways, power systems and justice system work smoothly together. Do you know how many levels of government there are in this northern country? 

At the federal level, Canada is a unique blend of Old World dynamics and New World politics. Canadians, of course, are free to cast their ballots for politicians. But their process is much different than the presidential elections in America. Do you know how these elections work?

In the land of maple leaves and hockey, the government is as diverse wild as the lands it rules. Take our Canadian government quiz now!

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What is the capital city of Canada?
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When was the government of Canada formed?
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What sort of government does Canada have?
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Who is officially Canada’s head of state?
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Who is the prime minister of Canada?
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True or false, is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau related to another former prime minister, Pierre Trudeau?
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The Canadian government is made up of how many levels?
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What is the name of the top court in Canada?
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The Governor General of Canada is a representative of which person?
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What’s the name of the upper house of the Parliament of Canada?
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The men and women who serve in the House of Commons are called _____.
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The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a lot like America’s ______.
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True or false, does Britain have any control over modern Canada?
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How are Canadian Senators picked for service?
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How many major political parties are there in Canada?
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William Lyon Mackenzie King is the longest-serving prime minister in Canadian history. How long did he hold office?
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The real power in Canadian government lies in which part of the system?
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The British North America Act, 1867 is also known as _____.
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The Constitution Act, 1867 joined _____ provinces into one dominion.
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True or false, do Canadians vote directly for the prime minister?
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Government House, in Ottawa, is also known as _____.
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Justin Trudeau is a member of which party?
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How many MPs are elected to the House of Commons?
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Who leads the Senate?
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If the House of Commons casts a vote of non-confidence regarding a minority government, what happens?
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If the prime minister "drops the writ," what is he or she requesting?
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Elections must be held at least every ____ years.
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What’s the minimum length of time for a Canadian election campaign?
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Who or what has the final say in whether legislation is passed into law?
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