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Canadian History Superquiz, 1

1. Which sounds more correct to you, “The Harper Government,” or:

- We The People

- L’etat C’est Moi

- The Government of Canada

- One Ring To Rule Them All

2. Memorize these figures:

- 49th parallel

- 51st state

- 19th birthday

- 18 in Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta

3. Which speech put the most voters to sleep:

- “Let me reiterate at length what I just repeated” - Meighen

- “You’ll vote for conscription or I’ll just keep talking” -Borden

- “The following is a list of people who said something I have chosen to take the wrong way” -Diefenbaker

- “Reflections on my humble upbringing, part 14” - MacKenzie

4. The following is a quote from the Canadian Pledge of Allegiance:

- One Nation on Top of America

- One Nation Underneath Santa

- Several Distinct Societies under God

- Distinct Societies Stuck In One Nation what a Damn Nuisance 

5. Responsible Government was:

- Responsible (good)

- Irresponsible (a trick!)

- Charming (but in a roguish manner)

- A front (for a bootlegging operation)

6. How did General Wolfe get his men to ascend the cliff at the Plains of Abraham?

- Shimmy

- Conga line

- In broad daylight with prosthetic noses and other disguises

- Under cover of darkness in their jimmie jammies

7. Which Prime Minister have you forgotten about:

- Sir Abbotthompsonbowellltupper

- Sir Mix A Lot

- Sir Gawain

- To Sir With Love

8. The following is not made up:

-British Columbia had a premier who changed his name to Amor De Cosmos, “Lover of the Universe”

9. When Trudeau said “Just watch me” he was talking about:

- The October Crisis

- The November Pickle

- a lot of bleeding hearts who can go on and bleed

- Doing a sick wheelie on his dirtbike

10. Who will lead us?:

- A vaguely non-offensive, nondescript older white gentleman 

- The offspring of an unholy union between Justin Trudeau and Ben Mulroney, as was foretold

- That 1972 summit series photograph, in a nice frame

- (Too apathetic, refuse to attempt an answer to this question)

please circle all your answers and submit your papers via unmarked luggage abandoned in airport lounge

Wild Life

  • Amanda Forbis, & Wendy Tilby 
  • Only available to view online for a short while, another animated gem from the NFB, nominated for an Oscar.

    This animated short tells the story of a dapper young remittance man is sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching in 1909. However, his affection for badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. It soon becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World. A film about the beauty of the prairie, the pangs of homesickness and the folly of living dangerously out of context.”

    This documentary is so good, it’s SO GOOD. I’ll let the description speak for itself:

    Part one: “director Donald Brittain chronicles the early years of Pierre Elliott Trudeau and René Lévesque. From their university days in the 1950s to 1967 when Lévesque left the Liberal Party and Trudeau became the federal Minister of Justice, Brittain attempts to get at the heart of what makes these men so fascinating.”

    Part two: “covers the years between 1967 and 1977, a colourful decade that saw Trudeau win three federal elections, the 1970 October Crisis and the sweeping rise to power of the Parti Québécois.”

    Part three: “spans the decade between 1976 and 1986. The film reveals the turbulent, behind-the-scenes drama during the Quebec referendum and the repatriation of the Canadian Constitution. In doing so, it also traces both Trudeau’s and Lévesque’s fall from power.”

    The film is from, of course, The National Film Board  

    War of 1812 →

    Speaking of battles, this PBS production from earlier this year is one of the best I’ve seen on 1812, it’s very fair to all viewpoints.