It's that time of year again! Time to test how much you remember about what happened this year in political news.
Grab a pen and paper and take the quiz at home while the CBC's National Affairs Editor Chris Hall, the CBC's political blogger and House contributor Kady O'Malley, and PostMedia columnist and long-time member of the CBC's popular At Issue panel on The National Andrew Coyne face off for the first time against one another! Who will ring in 2013 with bragging rights to boot?
You can follow along with our three contestants by taking the quiz below but no cheating or web searches allowed!
Question 1: The year began with Prime Minister Stephen Harper
appointing, on January 6th, seven new senators to the upper chamber.
Name three of the seven.Bonus Question (1) : Of the seven new senators, which one was actually elected in a provincial Senate nominee election?
2: Liberals gathered in Ottawa for their national annual biennial
convention. What MP crossed the floor days before the Liberal
convention, and what riding does he/she represent?
3: We've seen it recently, there's growing frustration among First
Nations leaders. Remember back in January, the highly anticipated
Crown-First Nations gathering took place in Ottawa following the housing
crisis in Attawapiskat. Name one of the five steps the federal
government and First Nations agreed to take:
4: Name at least two policy changes Prime Minister Stephen Harper
floated, to the surprise of many, during a major speech on January 26th,
and where was he when he did that?
5: In early February, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made his second
official trip to China. In a symbolic gesture, Beijing entrusted Canada
with a pair of pandas. Name one of the two pandas.
Bonus Question (2): What's the name of the monkey that escaped at a north Toronto Ikea?
6: What did Public Safety Minister Vic Toews say in response to Liberal
public safety critic Francis Scarpaleggia during question period on
February 13th, after Scarpaleggia asked about a Bill C-30, a
controversial internet surveillance bill?Bonus question: Where is the bill at right now?
7: In March, Elections Canada confirmed for the first time it was
investigating complaints received about robocalls placed in the last
federal election beyond the riding of Guelph. We now know that an
investigation is underway in 56 of the 308 federal ridings. Voters from
how many ridings have taken this to court?
Question 8: Labour Minister Lisa Raitt intervened in what labour dispute this past March?
A. VIA Rail
B. Air Canada
C. Canada Post
9: Still in March, federal New Democrats gathered in Toronto to elect a
successor to Jack Layton. Who did Tom Mulcair beat, and in what round? Question
10: When Nathan Cullen finished last in the third round of voting, he
released his supporters but did not tell them who to vote for. What
controversial proposal did Cullen make during the leadership race?
Bonus Question (3): Which federal Liberal leadership contender is proposing the same thing? Question
11: The Conservatives tabled a budget in March that promised to cut
$5.2 billion in spending over the next three years. Who will be paying
more taxes in 2013 than they were paying before, as a result of Budget
Question 12: Alison Redford was elected
Premier of Alberta in April. How many women currently serve as Premiers
and Territorial Leaders?
Bonus Question (4): Who was the first woman to ever serve as Premier in Canada?
Question 13 : Do you recognize this voice?
14: May 4th marked the end of an era in Canada. A measure that had been
announced in the budget -- and is expected to save taxpayers 11 million
dollars a year -- took place. What am I talking about?
15: On May 18th, a controversial bill -- C-78 -- passed Quebec's
National Assembly. Among many things, it would force organizers of this
summer's student protests to submit their public venue and route for
approval to police. How many people could be present without police
Question 16: New cross-border
shopping rules came into affect on June 1st. The new limit for Canadians
who go to the U.S. for 24 hours jumps from 50 dollars worth of goods to
200. What is the new limit for Canadians who go south of the border for
Question 17: On June 15th, after
more than 22 hours of voting, the 425-page omnibus budget implementation
bill -- C-38 -- passed the House of Commons. How many votes -- forced
by a number of opposition amendments -- did MPs have to go through?
C. 157 Question
18: On July 3rd, a controversial member of the Conservative cabinet
announced plans to step down following a string of controversies. Name
that now former cabinet minister.
In late July, premiers gathered in Halifax for their annual summer
meeting. What issue overshadowed the rest of the council of the
Question 20: Early
August, Jean Charest called a provincial election for September 4th. The
Parti Quebecois ended up defeating Charest's Liberals, but only won a
minority. How many more seats than the Liberals did the PQ get?
21: On August 24th, the Liberal riding association in Guelph was found
guilty and fined for its use of an automated robocall in the last
federal election. Which Act did the association violate?
Question (5): What's the name of the Conservative campaign staffer in
Guelph who broke his silence about what he says happened during the last
Question 22: In early September, while at
the APEC Summit in Vladivostok, Russia, Canada Prime Minister Stephen
Harper signed an investment treaty with China, formally known as a
Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement. When did the two
countries start negotiating that agreement, known as a FIPA?
23: What former Premier released his memoirs on September 12th, and in
doing so, called into question the details surrounding the "Kitchen
Accord", the 1982 patriation of the Constitution.
24: In late September, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced a
deal with the U.K. to share space in embassies. Where will the two
countries first be "roommates"? Question 25:
October 2nd, Justin Trudeau confirms he will run for the leadership of
the Liberal Party of Canada. How old was his father Pierre Elliott
Trudeau when he became the leader of that party?
26: On October 15th, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announces he will
step down and that he's decided to prorogue the legislature. Once his
replacement is chosen, who will be the current premier who's been in
office the longest?
Question 27: On October
16th, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, James Moore made an
announcement at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau Quebec. The
government announced that the Museum would be renamed. What is the new
name, and what rationale did the Minister give for renaming it?
28: On October 18th, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tabled the omnibus
budget implementation bill. In it were a number of controversial
measures, but one that got the biggest immediate reaction were the
changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act. According to Green Party
Leader Elizabeth May, Canada has "tens of thousands of rivers and
millions of lakes". How many of these rivers and lakes were protected in
the new Budget?
Question 29: On October 19th,
in a surprise move, the Government agreed to hive off the MP Pension
portion of the Budget. Who announced the decision in the House of
Commons that day?
Question 30: On October
25th, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on the Etobicoke Centre case.
This is a two-part question. Who launched the case, and what was being
Question 31: On November 6th, the United
States re-elected Barack Obama as President. That evening, Michigan
voters also defeated Proposal 6. What was Proposal 6, and why was that
significant to Canada?
Question 32: On
November 13th, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty made a surprise
announcement that would affect certain Conservative campaign promises.
What did he announce?
Question 33: The Governor of the
Bank of Canada, Mark Carney, will become the next governor of the Bank
of England. Who is the current governor of the Bank of England?
Bonus Question (6): Mark Carney will become the first foreigner in how many years to lead the Bank of England?Question
34: On November 29th, Canada voted to oppose upgrading the UN observer
status of the Palestinian Authority from "entity" to "non-member state."
8 other countries did the same. Name 3 of those countries. Question
35: On December 7th, Prime Minister Harper announced the government was
approving the two separate takeovers of Canadian companies by foreign
state-owned companies. One was the CNOOC takeover of Nexen. Name the
Answer 1: -JoAnne Buth of Manitoba served as president of the Canola Council of Canada
-Jean-Guy Dagenais, was a failed candidate in the Quebec riding of Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot
-Norman Doyle served as a Conservative MP in Newfoundland and Labrador
-Ghislain Maltais, a former member of Quebec's
provincial legislature, and a key party organizer for the Tories in
-Dr. Asha Seth, a Toronto-based physician with more than 30 years of medical experience
-Betty Unger, worked as a registered nurse before
founding a nursing services company with offices across Alberta.
-Vernon White, former Ottawa Police Chief, former RCMP
Bonus Question (1): Betty Unger. She was one of four candidates
elected in Alberta in 2004. Her appointment to the upper chamber makes
her the first elected woman Senator, and the third elected Senator.
(Bert Brown and the late Stanley Waters are the second and first,
Answer 2: Quebec MP Lise St-Denis decided to
leave the NDP for the Liberals on the Tuesday before the convention. The
backbencher represents the riding of Saint-Maurice-Champlain.
Answer 3: -Reviewing the structure of financial arrangements between the federal government and First Nations
-Removing barriers to First Nations governance
-Advancing claims resolution and treaty implementation
-Launching an economic task force within three months of the meeting
The two sides committed to a progress report no later than Jan. 24, 2013.
4: Harper said the "major transformations" were coming in areas
such as the retirement pension system i.e. raising the age of
eligibility for OAS from 65 to 67. Harper said changes would also be
coming immigration, science and technology investment and the energy
sector. The Prime Minister was addressing the World Economic Forum in
Answer 5: Er Shun and Ji Li. The pair is expected to arrive in 2013.
Answer Bonus Question (2): Darwin
Answer 6: Toews said "He can either stand with us or with the child pornographers."
Answer Bonus Question (3): The bill has been stuck at the first reading stage.
7: Six ridings. (Nipissing-Timiskaming in ntario,
Elmwood-Transcona,Winnipeg South Centre, Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar,
Vancouver Island North, and Yukon)
Answer 8: Air Canada
Answer 9: Mulcair beat out New Democrat Brian Topp in the fourth ballot with 57.2 per cent of the vote or 33, 881 votes.
10: Cullen ran for the leadership bid on the proposal of joint
nominations with the Liberals and Greens to run only one candidate in
Answer Bonus 10: Joyce Murray
11: Governor General David Johnston will be paying taxes beginning
2013. He will be the first Governor General in Canadian history to pay
income tax BUT he will also be getting a pay increase so his $134,970
take-home income likely won't take much of a hit.
Answer 12: Five women
-BC's Christy Clark
-Alberta's Alison Redford
-Quebec's Pauline Marois
-Newfoundland & Labrador's Kathy Dunderdale
-Nunavut's Eva Ariaak
Answer Bonus Question (4): Rita Johnson from the BC Social Credit Party. Bill Vander
Zalm had appointed her Deputy Premier and when he resigned, she was
named interim leader of the party and appointed Premier in 1991. She
served as Premier for 217 days until Mike Harcourt defeated her in the
next general election. A total of 10 women have served or are serving as
Answer 13: On April 3rd, Auditor General
Michael Ferguson released a report that included a chapter entitled
"Replacing Canada's Fighter Jets".
Answer 14: The last penny rolled off the production line in Winnipeg.
Answer 15: More than 50 requires police permission.
Answer 16: 800 dollars (up from 400)
Answer 17: 157 votes were recorded.
Answer 18: Former CIDA Minister Bev Oda.
19: The dispute between B.C. and Alberta of the proposed Northern
Gateway pipeline project, and discussions about a National Energy
Answer 20: 4 (54 to 50 -- 19 for CAQ, 2 for Quebec Solidaire)
21: The Telecommunications Act (the Canadian Radio-Television and
Telecommunications Commission found the association guilty)
Answer Bonus Question (5): Michael Sona
Answer 22: Canada and China began negotiation of a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement in 1994
23: Former Newfoundland premier Brian Peckford has literally
rewritten history, prompting the Canadian Encyclopedia to substantially
revise the story of the 1982 patriation of the Constitution. The
then-premier of Canada's newest province now gets central credit in
shaping the historic deal, with the encyclopedia playing down somewhat
the significance of the famous "Kitchen Accord" led by future prime
minister Jean Chrétien that up until now was largely thought to be the
constitutional saga's breakthrough moment.
Answer 24: Haiti and Burma
Answer 25: 48 years old
Answer 26: PEI's Robert Ghiz, followed by Saskatchewan's Brad Wall.
27: The Canadian Museum of Civilization, was rebranded as the
Canadian Museum of History to reflect a focus on Canadian social and
political history. Heritage Minister James Moore said the rebranding of
the museum comes in anticipation of plans to celebrate the 150th
anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
Answer 28: The Act protects three oceans, 97 lakes and 62 rivers
29: The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western
Economic Diversification and Member of Parliament for Blackstrap,
introduced a motion that passed unanimously in the House of Commons that
will speed up pension reform for Members of Parliament.
30: Defeated Liberal incumbent Borys Wrzesnewskyj mounted a legal
challenge to the election. In May, 2012, an Ontario court tossed out the
result after concluding that 79 voters cast ballots without sufficient
documented evidence that they were properly cleared to do so. In a 4-3
split decision, Canada's highest court upheld the 2011 federal election
victory of Conservative MP Ted Opitz, who won the Etobicoke Centre
riding by a mere 26 votes.
Answer 31: During U.S.
elections Tuesday, Michigan voters defeated Proposal 6, which would have
called for a statewide vote on plans for any new international
crossing, including the proposed new bridge over the Detroit River.
Slightly more than 60 per cent of voters turned down the proposal, which
would have been entrenched in the state's constitution. Proposal 6 was
one of the final hurdles that needed to be cleared for the building of a
new bridge to proceed, and provide competition for the 83-year-old
Ambassador Bridge, Canada's busiest border crossing, owned by
billionaire Matty Moroun.
Answer 32: Budget will be
balanced a year later than expected, in 2016-2017. Shortfall for the
2012-13 fiscal year of $25-billion, up from the March budget estimate of
$21.1-billion. We should point out that after he said that, Prime
Minister Harper said: "It remains the government's plan, intention, to
balance the budget prior to the next federal election" (which is set for
Answer 33: Sir Mervyn King
Answer Bonus Question (6): 318 years
Answer 34: U.S., Israel, Czech Republic, Micronesia, Palau, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Panama
35: Malaysian national energy company Petronas takeover of
Calgary-based natural gas producer Progress Energy Resources.