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2015 Political Quiz

Try this short quiz to see which political party you side with.

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Where do you side on social issues?

Should the government allow same sex marriage?

Should selective abortions be outlawed?

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

Where do you side on environmental issues?

Should the government increase environmental regulations on businesses in Canada?

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

Should Canada allow the logging of old growth forests?

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

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

Where do you side on economic issues?

Should Canada raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

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 increase military spending?

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

Should Canada pursue free trade deals with other countries?

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

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 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 Quebec be granted sovereignty from the rest of Canada?

Do you support a national daycare policy?

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

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

Should the federal government elect or abolish the Senate?

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

Where do you side on healthcare issues?

Should the federal government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases? Learn more?

According to UNICEF, Canada recently achieved an 84% immunization rate which is below their suggested 95% rate. Proponents of a mandate argue that vaccines are necessary in order to insure herd immunity against preventable diseases. Herd immunity protects people who are unable to get vaccines due to their age or health condition. Opponents of a mandate believe the government should not be able to decide which vaccines their children should receive. Some opponents also believe there is a link between vaccinations and autism and vaccinating their children will have destructive consequences on their early childhood development.  See public opinion

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

Should marijuana be legalized in Canada?

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

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 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 Canada militarily intervene in the affairs of other countries?

Where do you side on immigration issues?

Should the government enact a stricter immigration policy?

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

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