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Canada Day Quiz

Who was the first Canadian in space, when did we get our own flag, and when were Olympic gold medals really gold? These and other questions Pique staff have compiled to amuse you after the parade is done and the cotton candy eaten.



Q1: On July 1, 1867 the Dominion of Canada was created through the British North America Act. What were the first four provinces included in the Dominion of Canada?

Q2: The name Canada is believed to come from the Huron-Iroquois word "kanata". What does that word mean?

Q3: Who led two resistance movements against the new Canadian government in an effort to preserve Métis rights and culture and was later arrested, tried and executed on a charge of high treason.

Q4: What future Canadian Prime Minister is responsible for easing tensions during the Suez Crisis of 1956 by proposing peacekeeping efforts and the inception of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force?

Q5: In 1970 British Trade Commissioner James Cross was kidnapped in Montreal. Five days later, on Oct. 10, Pierre Laporte, the Minister of Labour and Vice-Premier of Quebec, was kidnapped at his Montreal home. He was later murdered. What group was responsible for the kidnappings and Laporte’s murder in a moment in history known as the October Crisis?

Q6: In 1989 Marc Lépine killed 14 female engineering students at L'École Polytechnique at the Université de Montréal. He then turned the gun on himself. Every year across Canada there are candlelight vigils to remember the tragedy. What is this tragedy known as and when do we remember it.

Q7: The most significant change to Canada’s map, since the incorporation of Newfoundland in 1949, happened on April 1, 1999. What was that change?

Q8: Who was the first Canadian in space, flying on three space missions and logging more than 677 hours in space during his 15-year career?

Q9: When did the Canadian government impose the so-called head tax on Chinese immigrants?

Q10: Who was the first overland explorer to reach the Pacific Ocean?


Q11: What was Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s nickname?

Q12: What charity does Prime Minister Stephen Harper support in which some of the benefactors get to live with the prime minister and his family at 24 Sussex Drive?

Q13: How many prime ministers did Canada have before Mr. Harper?

Q14: Which prime minister served the shortest term of office?

Q15: In which year did Canada institute a national flag?

Q16: Who was Canada’s first female senator?

Q17: What is the motto of the Order of the Garter, inscribed on the Black Rod, the staff used to knock on the door of the House of Commons when it is summoned to the Senate?

Q18: Who is Canada’s present Governor General?

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