Test your political skills with this 10-question quiz about the present – and the past – of Canadian politics.
1. You may not be aware of this, but Justin Trudeau’s father was also once Liberal Party leader. For half a point each, name the runner up in the LPC leadership races that elected Pierre and Justin.
2. There have been 5 by-elections since the last federal election. In how many has the party who won the seat in 2011 held it?
3. Within 5 percentage points, what percentage of Canadians now live in a province run by a female Premier?
4. Bob Rae recently announced his retirement from politics. In what year was he first elected to the House of Commons as an MP?
5. Complete the following Stephen Harper quote, uttered in the wake of the Boston marathon bombing: “Now is not the time to commit ______”
6. We heard a lot about Nigel Wright this year. Who replaced him as Stephen Harper’s chief of staff?
7. Who did FastForward readers vote as Calgary’s sexiest man earlier this year?
8. With Dalton McGuinty and Jean Charest exiting the stage, who is Canada’s longest serving Premier?
9. There was a brief flurry of excitement that the Liberals might win in Calgary Centre last fall. Sadly, this hope proved as fleeting as a Leafs’ third period lead. When was the last time the Liberals won a seat in cowtown?
10. For the very first time since he became Prime Minister, we’ve started hearing speculation about Stephen Harper retiring. Still, Harper is just 54 and could ride a divided opposition to a few more years in power. If he stays PM, in what year would Harper pass Mackenzie King as the longest serving Prime Minister in Canada’s history?
(answers to be posted shortly in the comments section)