The Third Annual Canada Day Quiz!

Canada Day is upon us again! Which means its time for Theresa and Randal’s annual Canada Day Quiz (Now 33% easier). After review, we think that our quiz last year was a little too difficult, which might make some of you Americans think that us Canadians derive some sort of pleasure from showing you how little you know about your northern neighbours. But really, this isn’t our intention at all. Basically, our quiz is meant to be fun, and to help us learn a little more about Canada (and Americans, don’t feel bad if you don’t know much about Canada – before we moved, I honestly didn’t even know where Virginia was). So, this year we have endeavored to make the quiz a little more manageable, without being too easy on you, of course. So enjoy. And Happy Canada Day!

Remember, you are not to look up answers on the internet. The correct responses will be given in the comments section. I invite everyone who takes the quiz to report your score in the comments section. The highest reported score will win a prize.

1. Canada has 2 national symbols. What are they?

  • A: Beaver & Maple Leaf
  • B: Maple Leaf & Moose
  • C: Hockey Stick & Grizzly Bear
  • D: Caribou & Salmon

2. Which of these were not invented by a Canadian?

  • A: Walkie-Talkie
  • B: Instant mashed potatoes
  • C: Toilet paper
  • D: Push-up bras

3. What Canadian television show is set at the Possum Lodge?

  • A: SCTV
  • B: The Red Green Show
  • C: Corner Gas
  • D: Kids in the Hall

4. What is the best selling album of all-time by a Canadian songwriter?

  • A: Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill
  • B: Celine Dion, Let’s Talk About Love
  • C: Shania Twain, Come on Over
  • D: Bryan Adams, Waking up the Neighbours

5. Unfortunately, this year’s Stanley Cup champion team is not Canadian. However, their captain is. Who is he?

  • A: Nicklas Lidstrom
  • B: Alexander Ovechkin
  • C: Wayne Gretzky
  • D: Sidney Crosby

6: Current Opposition leader, Michael Ignatieff, has been criticized for spending most of his career at a foreign college. Which college was it?

  • A: Yale
  • B: London School of Economics
  • C: Harvard
  • D: Ecole Polytechnique

7. Finish this line: “Skinnamarink e-dink e-dink, skinnamarink e-doo…”

  • A: How do you do?
  • B: Coo-coo-cha-cho
  • C: Kan-g-roo
  • D: I love you

8. Which of the following does Canada not have the largest of?

  • A: Coastline
  • B: National Highway
  • C: Completed freestanding structure
  • D: Shopping Mall

9. In the midst of the global financial crisis, the economy of one province is reported to be the best in North America. Which province is the only one projected to see Economic growth in 2009?

  • A: Alberta
  • B: Saskatchewan
  • C: Ontario
  • D: Nova Scotia

10. Where would you most likely see this:

  • A: Vancouver
  • B: Regina
  • C: Montreal
  • D: Halifax

11. When did the United Empire Loyalists come to Canada?

  • A: 1602 to 1608
  • B: 1775 to 1783
  • C: 1860 to 1870
  • D: 1945 to 1960

12. Which Document Made Confederation legal?

  • A: The British North America Act
  • B: The Dominion Act
  • C: The Declaration of Independence
  • D: The Statute of Anne

13. The Canadian Government has recently begun negotiating a free trade agreement with which country/region?

  • A: China
  • B: Africa
  • C: The European Union
  • D: South America

14. Which of these is not one of the three parts of the Canadian Parliament?

  • A: The Senate
  • B: The House of Commons
  • C: The Prime Minister
  • D: The Queen

15. Which of the Prarie Provinces has the largest area?

  • A: Alberta
  • B: Saskatchewan
  • C: Manitoba
  • D: They are all exactly the same size

16. Which Canadian Indie Rock band is comprised of a loose collection of musicians, including members of Stars, Metric, Apostle of Hustle, and Feist?

  • A: The New Pornographers
  • B: Broken Social Scene
  • C: The Arcade Fire
  • D: Godspeed You! Black Emperor

17. What was the name of the ingenious combination of dried meat and berries that First Nations and Metis people produced to feed the fur traders during their long voyages into and out of the Canadian interior.

  • A: Pemmican
  • B: Beavertail
  • C: Bison Burger
  • D: Bannock

18. Canada is part of the voluntary association of countries which used to belong to the British Empire. What is this association called?

  • A: The G8
  • B: The Old Empire Club
  • C: The Commonweath of Nations
  • D: The EU

19. Which Canadian won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for his work establishing the first UN Peacekeeping mission to resolve the Suez Crisis?

  • A: Kofi Annan
  • B: Robert Borden
  • C: Geddy Lee
  • D: Lester B. Pearson

20. Who is pictured here on the right?

  • A: Sir John A McDonald
  • B: Pierre E. Trudeau
  • C: Jean Chretien
  • D: Che Guevara

BONUS QUESTION: Which of the Garneau District Album Club’s album selections have been Canadian? (For this – and only this – question, feel free to look up the answer by visiting the album club website)

From My Crash Cache

Last Week My Computer’s Hard Drive Crashed.  Here are a few things I learned from the experience.

  1. If anyone tells you that Macs are indestructible, don’t believe them.
  2. Getting the extending warranty on a laptop, unlike many other products, is a good investment.
  3. Back up your data.
  4. Either that, or go to UVa Law, where we have such a great community that your classmates are willing to give you a copy of their notes from the entire semester.  (thanks guys!)
  5. The Apple Store in Santa Clara is much better than the Apple store in Richmond.
  6. It is not fun having to drive to Richmond from Charlottesville two times in one day.

I try to regularly back up my data, but when my computer crashed I hadn’t done so for over a month, which explains why I needed to borrow notes.  While re-loading all my backed-up pictures, I came across this one.  My sister used to make little story-books. Here is a random page from a book that is otherwise all about love and insinuates fairly strongly that Theresa and I should have a baby soon.  Although the message is quite obvious, it is nice to be reminded of it once and a while.


A message from the government of Canada: Canada Rocks


We cannot think of a better friend and ally

Obama buys maple cookies

Obama buys maple cookies

Yesterday, President Obama found himself in a place that Theresa and I often find ourselves wishing we were: Canada.  In general, Canadians love Obama (even more than we love our Prime Minister and more than Americans love Obama, actually), and I count myself among my fellow countrymen who were excited about Obama’s first foreign visit as President.  The visit, of course, focused on important policy discussions on such weighty topics as the war in Afghanistan, trade matters and the environment, but the aspect of the trip that had a greater impact on me, as well as many other Canadians I would venture to guess, was Obama’s unscheduled, yet admittedly orchestrated, pitstops.  One these outings, Obama consumed the Canadian pastry known as a ‘beaver-tail” at a local bakery, purchased souvenirs (a keychain and snow globe) for his daughters from a merchant, and bought a batch of maple cookies for his family.  Sure, Obama was pandering to the Canadian masses with these publicity stunts, but at least he is trying.  His predecessor didn’t even visit Canada for the first four years of his presidency, and when he did he did little to counteract his negative reputation north of the 49.  Also, the fact that Obama buys tacky souvenirs for his kids and brings cookies home to his family makes him seem more like a, to use a popular phrase, “Joe- sixpack” than trying to act as stupid as most politicians seem to think we are.

The Coalition Is Dead

Ignatieff has today announced that his Liberals will “swallow hard and accept” Prime Minister Harper’s budget, providing that the Tories provide regular status reports to ensure they are keeping the commitments made.  This means that the present government will live to see another day.  The Coalition is Dead.

Personally, I think this is Iggy’s best move.  In fact, when Theresa and I were talking last night, it is exactly what I argued he should do.  And heres why: first, the Liberals have already succeeded in Humbling Harper: the threat of a parliamentary  defeat has caused our arrogant PM to tone down his defiant rhetoric and actually listen to its opposition.  Having done this, accepting the budget (which gives him a lot – but not all – of what he asked for) shows that Iggy can put the needs of the country ahead of partisanship, and distances himself from the radical NDP and Bloq.  At the same time, he is keeping Harper on a short leash and maintains the ability  to topple Tories sometime in the future, preferably when this economic crisis has stabilized and when Canadians have had a better chance of getting to know the new opposition leader.

Well played Iggy.  And well called Randal – maybe I should head back home and try my hand at Canadian politics (after all, if an American-educated historian/journalist can become the leader of the Liberals, maybe and American-trained lawyer can as well…)

UPDATE: The NDP certainly doesn’t seem happy about the recent turn of events.  One more reason to dislike Jack Layton.

Political Blizzard II: Iggy’s Revenge

The New Guy: Michael Ignatieff

When we last left our heros(?) in the Canadian Parliament, things were very tense between Prime Minister Steven Harper’s Conservatives and a hastily assembled coalition of the Liberals, the NDP and the Bloq.  In order to avoid a non-cofidence vote that would have resulted in the coalition taken power (or, at the least another election), Harper persuated the Governor General to suspend Parliament until Jan 26.  i.e. tomorrow.

Because I am sure you are all planning to glue yourselves to the CBC tomorrow, I thought it might be helpful to update you on what has gone down since my last report.  First, the coalition quickly fell apart after Parliament ended.   The Liberals removed their terribly inept leader, Stephane Dion, and replaced him with Michael Ignatieff, or Iggy as we like to call him.  Although Iggy has taken some flack for being an academic and spending most of his adult life outside of Canada (at Oxford and Harvard), recent polls suggest that he is more popular now than Harper.  Meanwhile, the conservatives have prepared a new budget that includes the first Canadian deficit in 10 years.  

The Parliament will vote on the budget this Tuesday.  Both the Bloq and the NDP have vowed to vote it down.  The Liberals, however are being very coy: they have not stated that they will join the other opposition parties in bringing down the government, but they have certainly not removed the possibility of either another election or a coalition takeover from the table.

So what will become of the embattled Canadian Government?  Stay tuned this week for another exciting episode!

Provinces in Peril

picture-1For all of you who found my Canadian Politics posts a little dry for your liking, you will probably find these clips from Mr. Stewart a little more interesting.  Frankly, I’m surprised he dedicated so much of his show to Canada.

Although I am a little disappointed in his reliance on tired Canadian jokes, such as ones targeting Canadian Bacon and Monopoly Money, I am glad the show included a  mention of Corgis (one of which will be joining our family when we move to Califas).

If you’re in the US, use these links:

  1. Provinces in Peril: Indecision Oh-Eh? (12/08/08)
  2. Provinces in Peril: Part II (12/08/08)

If you’re in Canada, use these links*:

  1. Provinces in Peril: Indecision Oh-Eh? (08/12/08)
  2. Provinces in Peril: Part II (08/12/08)

(*Because I can’t watch the Comedy Network Clips in my region, I am not 100% sure these links will work, but you could easily find them yourself at – the clips are parts 1 and 2 of The Daily Show 08/12/08)

*UPDATE: I have been informed that my second Canadian Link was wrong (it sent you to the Colbert Report – also a funny show).  It should be fixed now.

Harper Takes His Ball and Goes Home

In an effort to forestall the demise of his government, Prime Minister Harper was able to convince the Governor General to Suspend Parliament until January.  This means that his government cannot be defeated until then.  Now, although I think this was a cowardly move, it might just be the best one for the country.  With the Coalition breathing down his back, Harper needs to be very careful to propose a budget that everyone can accept.  He needs to mend fences and get all the MPs working together, which will ultimately be good for Canada (assuming that the other parties cooperate, which might be a little too much to ask).

Also, if the Liberals are still bent on taking Harper down, now they have a little time to sort through their own leadership problems.  If they can replace Dion by the time the parliament resumes, their Coalition government would be much better off.

If nothing else, it at least gives us all a little time to breath.  With a couple of months to go before any major changes occur, the Canadian public will be able explore the possibilities and form more informed judgments about the different options for our government.  It may turn out that the Coalition falls apart, but it may also gain strength and general support.

It certainly appears to me that what Canada really needs right now is a great leader to emerge. A charasmatic newcomer who can instill confidence in the political process and reconcile divergent political groups.  A Barack Obama, if you will.  I guess I’m going to have to pack up here and head back home to Canada.  My Country needs me.

UPDATE: Here’s a great article on the whole affair.