Hall, O'Malley, and Coyne face-off in 2012 political quiz!


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!

Good luck!


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?

Question 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?

Question 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:

Question 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?

Question 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?

Question 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?

Question 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

Question 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 2012?

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?

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Question 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?

Question 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 approval?

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 48 hours?

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?

        A. 142
        B. 151
        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.

Question 19: In late July, premiers gathered in Halifax for their annual summer meeting. What issue overshadowed the rest of the council of the federation's agenda?

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?

Question 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?

Bonus 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 election?

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?

Question 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.

Question 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?

Question 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?

Question 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 disputed ?

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 other one.



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 Quebec
                   -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

Answer 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, respectively.)

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
                   -Education reform
                   -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.

Answer 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 Davos, Switzerland.

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.

Answer 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.

Answer 10:    Cullen ran for the leadership bid on the proposal of joint nominations with the Liberals and Greens to run only one candidate in Conservative-held ridings.
Answer Bonus 10: Joyce Murray

Answer 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 Premiers.

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.

Answer 19:    The dispute between B.C. and Alberta of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project, and discussions about a National Energy Strategy.

Answer 20:    4 (54 to 50 -- 19 for CAQ, 2 for Quebec Solidaire)

Answer 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

Answer 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 Chr├ętien 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.

Answer 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

Answer 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.

Answer 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 2015).

Answer 33: Sir Mervyn King

Answer Bonus Question (6): 318 years

Answer 34:    U.S., Israel, Czech Republic, Micronesia, Palau, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Panama

Answer 35:    Malaysian national energy company Petronas takeover of Calgary-based natural gas producer Progress Energy Resources.
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