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.

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Election terms: barnstorm
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A: Tour an area for a campaign
B: Dominate the rural vote
C: Speak at length on tangential topics

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Justin Trudeau campaigning in Brampton
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Answer: A—Tour an area for a campaign

As in, “The party leader barnstormed the province’s northern towns.”

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Election terms: Manifesto
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A: Handshake photo op
B: Public declaration of aims
C: Figurehead

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Polling station in England, United Kingdom
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Answer: B—Public declaration of aims

As in, “Lord Buckethead, a satirical candidate in Britain, published a manifesto proposing to nationalize the singer Adele.”

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Election terms: muckraker
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A: Politician who purposely sows division
B: Official opposition
C: Someone who seeks and publicizes scandals

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Donald Trump Jr., Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump
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Answer: C—Someone who seeks and publicizes scandals

As in, “A muckraker discovered the leading candidate’s marriage was in trouble.”

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Election terms: grassroots
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A: Of ordinary people
B: Fundamentalist
C: Prioritizing the environment

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Black Lives Matter protest
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Answer: A—Of ordinary people

As in, “Black Lives Matter is a grassroots movement with no formal hierarchy.”

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Election terms: first past the post
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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

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
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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.”

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Election terms: incumbent
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A: Income distribution within a riding or district
B: Person holding an office
C: Debate moderator

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House of Commons in Ottawa, Ontario
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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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Election terms: Psephology
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Psephology—study of

A: Voting-machine design
B: Elections
C: Persuasion

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Vote sign in Canada
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Answer: B—Study of elections

As in, “After founding a psephology website, Éric Grenier was hired by the CBC.”

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Election terms: caucus
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A: Rowdy discussion
B: A party’s elected members
C: Coalition government

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NDP Party leader Jagmeet Singh taking a selfie with a fan
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Answer: B—A party’s elected members

As in, “The MP voiced her concerns at a caucus meeting behind closed doors.”

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Election terms: turnout
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A: Exposé
B: Politician who switches party allegiance
C: Percentage of registered voters who cast ballots

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Campaign in Quebec
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Answer: C—Amount of registered voters who cast ballots

As in, “Turnout at Quebec’s 1995 referendum was 93.5 per cent.”

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Election terms: Dark horse
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Dark horse

A: Little-known candidate achieving surprising success
B: Controversial legislation
C: Black limousine

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Stephane Dion delivering a speech
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Answer: A—Little-known candidate achieving surprising success

As in, “Stéphane Dion was a dark horse for the Liberal leadership.”

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Election terms: Canvass
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A: Suppress votes
B: Compare political platforms
C: Solicit votes

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
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Answer: C—Solicit votes

As in, “The campaign office organized teams to canvass each street.”

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Election terms: proportional representation
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Proportional representation

A: Designating seats for members of minority groups
B: System where parties gain seats in proportion to their votes
C: Giving shorter speaking times to smaller parties

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British Columbia parliament
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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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Election terms: Suffrage
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A: Persecution
B: Tax hike
C: Right to vote

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Voting ballot
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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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Election terms: Acclamation
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A: Victory because there is only one candidate
B: Voting by calling out “Aye” or “Nay”
C: Voter apathy

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Saskatchewan flag
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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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Election terms: Sortition
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A: Selecting public officials by lottery
B: Making a voting decision
C: Spoiling a ballot

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Ruins in Athens, Greece
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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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