2016 Political Quiz

Answer the following questions to see how your beliefs match each political party.

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Where do you side on social issues?

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples? Learn more?

LGBT adoption is the adoption of children by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. This may be in the form of a joint adoption by a same-sex couple, adoption by one partner of a same-sex couple of the other's biological child (step-child adoption) and adoption by a single LGBT person. Joint adoption by same-sex couples is legal in 25 countries. Opponents of LGBT adoption question whether same-sex couples have the ability to be adequate parents while other opponents question whether natural law implies that children of adoption possess a natural right to be raised by heterosexual parents. Since constitutions and statutes usually fail to address the adoption rights of LGBT persons, judicial decisions often determine whether they can serve as parents either individually or as couples.  See public opinion

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

Where do you side on environmental issues?

Should the government increase environmental regulations on businesses to reduce carbon emissions? Learn more?

Global warming, or climate change, is an increase in the earth's atmospheric temperature since the late nineteenth century. In politics, the debate over global warming is centered on whether this increase in temperature is due to greenhouse gas emissions or is the result of a natural pattern in the earth's temperature.  See public opinion

Should the federal government subsidize the production and consumption of renewable energy sources?

Should Canada allow the logging of old growth forests?

Should the government allow TransCanada to expropriate private property for the construction of the Keystone pipeline?

Do you support the Northern Gateway pipeline project? Learn more?

The Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines Project is a $6.5 billion proposal to construct twin pipeline from Bruderheim, Alberta, to Kitimat, British Columbia.  Learn more  or  See public opinion

Where do you side on economic issues?

Should the pensions of retired workers be taxed? Learn more?

In 2015, Canadian pension funds stood at 89% of estimated liability for providing pension benefits to plan members, a six percentage point drop from 95% in 2014. Economists blame long-term interest rates for the decline although strong gains by U.S. and global equities in 2014 helped to offset some of the impact. Proponents of the tax argue that pension-funding liabilities are currently stronger than the 2012 low-water mark of 66%. Opponents argue that taxing pensions is unfair to the elderly and will drain pensions of funds needed to support future generations of retired workers.  See public opinion

Should Canada raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

Should the federal government subsidize universal child care?

Should Canada pursue free trade deals with other countries?

Should Canadian citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts? Learn more?

An offshore (or foreign) bank account is a bank account you have outside of your country of residence. The benefits of an offshore bank account include tax reduction, privacy, currency diversification, asset protection from lawsuits, and reducing your political risk. In April 2016, Wikileaks released 11.5 million confidential documents, known as the Panama Papers, which provided detailed information on 214,000 offshore companies serviced by the Panamanian Law Firm, Mossack Fonesca. The document exposed how world leaders and wealthy individuals hide money in secret offshore tax shelters. The release of the documents renewed proposals for laws banning the use of offshore accounts and tax havens. Proponents of the of the ban argue they should be outlawed because they have a long history of being vehicles for tax evasion, money laundering, illicit arms dealing and funding terrorism. Opponents of the ban argue that punitive regulations will make it harder for American companies to compete and will further discourage businesses from locating and investing in the United States.  See public opinion

Should old age pensions be increased?

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

Do you support income splitting for families? Learn more?

Income splitting allows a high earning spouse to transfer up to $50k of income to the lower earning spouse, so it’s taxed at a lower bracket.  See public opinion

Should employment insurance be given to those who work seasonal jobs including tourism, fishery and farming?

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency? Learn more?

Bitcoin is a type of digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank. Bitcoins are stored in a digital wallet, which is like a virtual bank account that allows users to send or receive bitcoins and pay for goods or services. Bitcoin is anonymous, meaning that, while transactions are recorded in a public log, the names of buyers and sellers are never revealed.  See public opinion

Should the employee contribution rate for the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) be raised above its current 4.49% rate? Learn more?

The Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) is public program that requires all employed Canadians to contribute a percentage of their earnings, with their employer matching the amount, to a nationally administered pension plan. Currently, the employee contribution rate is set at 4.95% up to a maximum of $2,356.  See public opinion

Where do you side on domestic policy issues?

Should there be more or less gun control?

Should Quebec be granted sovereignty from the rest of Canada?

Should the federal government be able to monitor phone calls and emails?

Should Canadian aboriginals receive more government funds?

Should nonviolent drug offenders be given mandatory jail sentences?

Should government workers be allowed to strike?

Should the federal government invest in urban, commuter rail infrastructure?

Do you support a national daycare policy?

Should the federal government elect or abolish the Senate?

Should the government reinstate the long form mandatory census? Learn more?

In 2011 the Conservative government announced that due to privacy concerns the long form census would no longer be mandatory. It would be replaced by a short form census that would only collect basic demographic data.Opponents of the census include civil liberty advocates who argue that the long form census is too invasive and violates people’s privacy. Proponents of reinstating the census voluntary survey argue that without the mandatory long form census it’s harder to track trends in income inequality, immigrant outcomes in the jobs market, labour shortages and demographic shifts.  See public opinion

In order to reduce energy costs, should the government nationalize or privatize the energy sector?

Should the government allow digital publishers to place locks on their content (MP3s, etc)?

Where do you side on healthcare issues?

Should prescription drugs be covered under Canada’s universal healthcare plan?

Should marijuana be legalized for recreational use?

Should preventative dental care be covered under Canada’s universal healthcare plan?

Should the federal government increase spending on healthcare?

Should there be more or less privatization of hospital and healthcare services? Learn more?

Privatization is the process of transferring governmental control and ownership of a service or industry to a privately owned business.  See public opinion

Should healthcare be a provincial or federal responsibility?

Where do you side on electoral issues?

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

Should term limits be set for the role of Prime Minister?

Should Canada switch to a proportional representation voting system? Learn more?

Currently, Canada's electoral system is based on a "first past the post" system. The candidate with the most votes in a riding wins a seat in the House of Commons and represents that riding as its Member of Parliament. The Governor General asks the Members of Parliament to form a government, which is normally the party whose candidates have won the most seats; that party's leader generally becomes Prime Minister. An absolute majority of the electorate is not needed, and is rarely achieved. As a result, power has been held by either of two parties for most of Canada's history. The party whose candidates win the second largest number of seats becomes the Official Opposition.  See public opinion

Where do you side on foreign policy issues?

Do you support Bill C-51, which expands local police and intelligence agencies’ authority to prevent terrorism? Learn more?

In January 2015, the Canadian government introduced Bill C-51 which would give police and spy agencies more power to detain terror suspects. Provisions to the bill include expanding police powers that would allow them to preventively detain or restrict terror suspects, ban the “promotion of terrorism”, allow the public safety minister to add people to Canada’s “no-fly list”, and enhance the powers of Canada’s spy agency CSIS. Proponents argue that law enforcement and intelligence agencies need more power to combat terrorism in the wake of the attacks on two Canadian soldiers in October and the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris. Opponents argue the bill’s powers to limit “threats to the security of Canada” are too broad and may allow the government to shut down legitimate dissenters and protest groups who do not go through official channels.  See public opinion

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

Should Canadian soldiers be more involved in Iraq? Learn more?

In January 2015 Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Canadian soldiers would continue their “robust” mission in Iraq against the Islamic State. When the troops were first dispatched into Iraq in September 2014 their original mission was to “direct airstrikes.” 4 months later military briefings revealed that Canadian soldiers recently came under attack by Islamic State extremists and returned fire. Opponents argue that the conflict in Iraq is a civil war and Canadian lives should not be put at risk. Proponents argue that ISIS is at risk of gaining power in Iraq and Canadian military involvement is necessary to promote regional stability.  See public opinion

Should Canada provide military aid to Saudi Arabia during its conflict with Yemen? Learn more?

In March 2015, Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi was removed from office during a civil war with the Shiite Houthis movement. The Houthis were led by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh who was removed from power during the 2011 Arab Spring. Neighboring Sunni Saudi Arabia viewed President Hadi’s removal as a threat and responded by conducting airstrikes against the Houthi’s in Yemen. Saudi Arabia’s allies, including the U.S., U.K. and Egypt, suspected Iran was behind the Houthi uprising and responded by providing military aid to the Saudi armed forces. The United Nations declared the airstrikes a violation federal law after several hundred civilians were killed in the first month of the airstrikes . Proponents of the intervention, including Secretary of State John Kerry, claim that the Houthis are being supported by Iran and U.S. intervention is necessary to maintain the balance of power in the region. Critics argue that the U.S. should not be involved in a conflict which has killed hundreds of innocent civilians.  See public opinion

Should Canada increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

Should Canada increase or decrease military defense spending?

Should Canada conduct military strikes against North Korea in order to destroy their long-range missile and nuclear weapons capabilities? Learn more?

In January of 2016, North Korea announced that it detonated its first hydrogen bomb. CBS News reported that the U.S. intelligence community is skeptical that North Korea used a thermonuclear device. The blast was in single-digit kilotons, and a thermonuclear device is measured in megatons. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has been more ambitious than his father in the pursuit of long-range missiles and nuclear weapons, even in the face of warnings from China. Proponents of military strikes argue that North Korea crossed a line with its latest test and must be stopped at all costs. Opponents argue that North Korea repeatedly lies about its missile capabilities and that the we should let other countries in the region, such as China and South Korea, address this issue.  See public opinion

Should Canada overthrow President Assad of Syria? Learn more?

The Syrian Civil war began in the spring of 2011 after nationwide protests against the government of President Bashar al-Assad resulted in armed conflict. After rebels seized control of several major cities, ISIS forces moved in and took over control of many regions of northern Syria. The government of Assad responded by carrying out airstrikes resulting in over 70,000 civilian deaths. Proponents of overthrowing Assad argue that he is a brutal dictator who must be removed from power before he carries out any more atrocities on innocent Syrian civilians. Opponents of regime change, including President Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, argue that removing Assad will result in a power vacuum that will destabilize the Middle East.  See public opinion

Where do you side on criminal issues?

Should prisoners serving life sentences for first degree murder be eligible for a parole hearing after 15 years? Learn more?

In 2010 the Conservative government introduced a crime bill which would kill the so-called faint hope clause that allows some people serving life sentences to apply for parole after 15 years (instead of the usual 25 common for first-degree murder and other life sentence convictions). Opponents of the crime bill argue that extended prison sentences are cruel and will cost the government tens of millions of dollars per year.Proponents argue that 15 years is too short of a prison term for people serving life sentences.  See public opinion

Should convicted felons have the right to vote? Learn more?

In April 2016, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order which restored voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons living in the state. The order overturned the state’s practice of felony disenfranchisement, which excludes people from voting who have been convicted of a criminal defense. The 14th amendment of the United States prohibits citizens from voting who have participated in a “rebellion, or other crime” but allows states to determine which crimes qualify for voter disenfranchisement. In the U.S. approximately 5.8 million people are ineligible to vote due to voter disenfranchisement and only two states, Maine and Vermont, have no restrictions on allowing felons to vote. Opponents of felon voting rights argue that a citizen forfeits their rights to vote when they are convicted of a felony. Proponents argue that the arcane law disenfranchises millions of Americans from participating in democracy and has an adverse affect on poor communities.  See public opinion

Where do you side on education issues?

Should the federal government put a cap on university tuition rates?

Should postsecondary education be a provincial or federal responsibility?

Where do you side on immigration issues?

Should the government enact a stricter immigration policy?

Should the government increase or decrease the amount of temporary foreign workers allowed into Canada?

Should Canada increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers? Learn more?

Skilled temporary work visas are usually given to foreign scientists, engineers, programmers, architects, executives, and other positions or fields where demand outpaces supply. Most businesses argue that hiring skilled foreign workers allows them to competitively fill positions which are in high demand. Opponents argue that skilled immigrants decrease middle class wages and job tenure.  See public opinion

Where do you side on transportation issues?

Should the government permit the use of drones for commercial purposes? Learn more?

In the first 4 months of 2015 Transport Canada issued 1,600 permits for commercial drones. In contrast, the U.S.’s Federal Aviation Administration issued only 69. Over 110 companies in Canada now provide commercial drone services, which are regularly used by the movie and television industry, oil and gas companies, forestry companies and farmers.  See public opinion

Where do you side on science issues?

Do you support the use of nuclear energy? Learn more?

Nuclear power is the use of nuclear reactions that release energy to generate heat, which most frequently is then used in steam turbines to produce electricity in a nuclear power station. Since plans for a nuclear power plant at Carnsore Point in County Wexford were dropped in the 1970s, nuclear power in Ireland has been off the agenda. Ireland gets about 60% of its energy from gas, 15% from renewable and the remainder from coal and peat. Proponents argue that nuclear energy is now safe and emits much less carbon emissions than coal plants. Opponents argue that recent nuclear disasters in Japan prove that nuclear power is far from safe.  See public opinion