Canada day quiz answers 

The Answers

POLITICS

1. Manitoba, in January 1916.

2. Former prime minister Brian Mulroney was accused of receiving kickbacks over the sale of Airbus jets to Air Canada. The investigation was dropped in 2003, eight years after it began. Mulroney is also the only former prime minister to sue the federal government. He received an apology from then justice minister Allan Rock and a $2 million out-of-court settlement.

3. Alexander Mackenzie of Sarnia, Ontario.

4. Equalization, described by the Department of Finance as the federal government’s most important program for reducing fiscal disparities among provinces, transferred on average almost $10 billion a year between 1999-2000 and 2003-04. Equalization payments for 2005-06 will be $10.9 billion. Ontario and Alberta are the only provinces that do not receive Equalization payments.

5. Robert Borden.

6. A corruption scandal, triggered by the minister of customs and excise, Jacques Bureau, who was in charge of making sure liquor did not cross the Canada-U.S. border during prohibition. Bureau promoted a known bootlegger to a top customs enforcement position and defended other customs officials believed to be involved in bootlegging. Bureau eventually pulled all RCMP officers off border patrols in Ontario and Quebec, letting liquor flow freely. The scandal split King’s coalition government, leading him to ask Byng to dissolve Parliament and call an election. Byng refused and asked Conservative leader Arthur Meighen to form a government. Meighen’s government fell apart within a week.

7. b, Auditor General Sheila Fraser.

8. At age 75.

9. 1871.

10. The British North America Act, 1867. In 1982 its name was changed to the Constitution Act, 1867.

OLYMPICS

11: Etienne Desmarteau, a Montreal policeman, won Gold for throwing a 56-pound weight in the 1904 Summer Games in St. Louis.

12: At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The Canadians took home a total of 44 medals – 10 gold, 18 silver and 16 bronze. Interestingly at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada failed to win a single gold medal.

13: Donovan Bailey. He continues to hold that record of 100 metres in 9.84 seconds. He is the fastest Olympian in the world.

14: Daniel Igali won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

15: Becky Scott won a gold medal at the 2002 Olympics for the 5 kilometre cross-country pursuit. She originally won a bronze medal but was upgraded to silver then to gold following doping investigations in 2003. She is the only person in Olympic history to be awarded all three medals in the same single event.

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