Word Power: Test Your Knowledge of These Canadian Election Terms
A strong grasp of election terminology gives power to the people. See if you can pick out the winning definitions.
A: Tour an area for a campaign
B: Dominate the rural vote
C: Speak at length on tangential topics
A: Handshake photo op
B: Public declaration of aims
Answer: B—Public declaration of aims
As in, “Lord Buckethead, a satirical candidate in Britain, published a manifesto proposing to nationalize the singer Adele.”
Answer: C—Someone who seeks and publicizes scandals
As in, “A muckraker discovered the leading candidate’s marriage was in trouble.”
A: Of ordinary people
C: Prioritizing the environment
Answer: A—Of ordinary people
As in, “Black Lives Matter is a grassroots movement with no formal hierarchy.”
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First past the post
A: System in which the candidate with the most votes wins
B: Survey taken as voters leave the polling station
C: Opening debate question
Answer: A—System in which the candidate with the most votes wins
As in, “If there are more than two options, first past the post can result in leadership supported by a minority of voters.”
Answer: B—Person holding an office
As in, “The Canadian House of Commons has a transition program to help defeated incumbents find other jobs.”
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A: Voting-machine design
Answer: B—Study of elections
As in, “After founding a psephology website, Éric Grenier was hired by the CBC.”
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A: Rowdy discussion
B: A party’s elected members
C: Coalition government
Answer: B—A party’s elected members
As in, “The MP voiced her concerns at a caucus meeting behind closed doors.”
Answer: C—Amount of registered voters who cast ballots
As in, “Turnout at Quebec’s 1995 referendum was 93.5 per cent.”
A: Little-known candidate achieving surprising success
B: Controversial legislation
C: Black limousine
A: Suppress votes
B: Compare political platforms
C: Solicit votes
Answer: C—Solicit votes
As in, “The campaign office organized teams to canvass each street.”
Answer: B—System where parties gain seats in proportion to their votes
As in, “British Columbia has rejected proportional representation three times.”
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Answer: C—Right to vote
As in, “Although the Inuit gained federal suffrage in 1950, few ballot boxes were placed in Inuit communities before 1962.”
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A: Victory because there is only one candidate
B: Voting by calling out “Aye” or “Nay”
C: Voter apathy
Answer: A—Victory because there is only one candidate
As in, “In 2012, six of Saskatchewan’s mayors won by acclamation.”
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Answer: A—Selecting politicians by lottery
As in, “Practiced in Ancient Athens, sortition has present-day supporters.”
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