Who runs this country anyway? How much do you know about our government? Take our Canada Day quiz! 1. How many Supreme Court judges are there (including the chief justice)? 9 17 5 None of the above Score: 0 2. What colour are Supreme Court judge gowns? Black White Blue with brown leather Red trimmed with white fur Score: 3. Why is the House of Commons called that? Because of its humble beginnings in a common barn From the term "commoners," the ordinary people who elect the MPs After the legislator who established the House, Cedric Common None of the above Score: 4. What does "patriation" mean? A ceremony patriots take part in Something that happened to the Constitution A Quebecois dish made with potatoes None of the above Score: 5. What’s the difference between a referendum and a plebiscite? A plebiscite isn’t legally binding, but a referendum is A referendum can only take place if ordered by the Prime Minister, a plebiscite can be announced by MPs A plebiscite includes multiple questions, a referendum has just one All of the above Score: 6. Who is the one adult in Canada who is not allowed to vote? The Governor General The Speaker of the House The Chief Electoral Officer The Prime Minister Score: 7. When did the Parliament Buildings burn down? 1916 1875 1929 1947 Score: 8. After this fire, what part of the buildings remained standing? Bell tower Cafeteria Library None of the above; it completely burned down Score: 9. Why does the Speaker of the House struggle to not take his or her seat when newly elected? A Speaker must resign before assuming the role It’s a relatively new tradition that has all party leaders play a type of musical chairs until the official opening of Parliament It’s considered bad luck to sit in the seat if there are an even number of MPs in attendance during the first week It’s a custom that is hundreds of years old; some Speakers who gave bad news to the king or queen had their heads cut off Score: 10. What happens if you touch the mace in the House of Commons? You are escorted out of the House You must replace it with a new one You must apologize to the Governor General in person All of the above Score: 11. Who is the whip and what does he or she do? Writes rules of conduct for MPs Sends a note of warning to MPs who use inappropriate language in the House of Commons Makes sure that there are enough party members in the House of Commons when it’s time for a vote All of the above Score: 12. What’s the one thing you must not say when you’re in the Senate? "The House of Commons" — you have to say "the other place" "The people of Canada" – you must say "Canadians" Senator None of the above Score: 13. On which day of the week must a federal election take place? Sunday Thursday Monday Any day of the week Score: 14. Which former Prime Minister played hockey for Oxford University? Kim Campbell Lester B. Pearson Pierre Trudeau William Lyon Mackenzie King Score: Canada Goose: /14 That's right, you get a big goose egg. Do better next time by brushing up on your knowledge of Canada. How? Read our book Who Runs This Country, Anyway? Take the quiz again. Fox: /14 You are a sly one, but you have more to learn about how our country works. Do better next time by brushing up on your knowledge of Canada. How? Read a copy of our book Who Runs This Country, Anyway? Take the quiz again. Beaver: /14 Stop flapping your tail...it's clear you are hard-working and dedicated to understanding our country. Do better next time by brushing up on your knowledge of Canada. How? Read a copy of our book Who Runs This Country, Anyway? Take the quiz again. Moose: /14 Congratulations – Perfect Score! You are at the top of your game and you are a definite expert (so can you tell us who actually does run this country?) Take the quiz again.