|June 19th, 2012 by Student Vote||Leave Comments »|
Earlier today, Green Party Leader and Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Elizabeth May challenged her fellow MPs to an open-book test on the 2012 federal budget bill. According to Postmedia, May says that she was concerned that caucus members, including cabinet members, were unfamiliar with the specifics of the 400+ page piece of legislation.
Members of the Student Vote and CIVIX team took the quiz in the office today to gauge our knowledge of the budget. The budget sets out how the federal government will bring in and spend money over the next year; it’s imperative that we at least have a basic understanding of the document and what it contains. This is a subject we wrote on last week, and ran a provincial program on earlier this year.
It’s not surprising that no one on Parliament Hill wanted to take the test – it was tough. Not one of us answered a single question correctly. You can see the questions that were asked by visiting Elizabeth May’s blog.
May set aside two hours this morning for MPs to take the 15-minute quiz, available in both English and French. If an MP earned a passing grade, they would get a tree planted in a location of their choosing. Only one MP took the test– Bruce Hyer, of Thunder Bay–Superior North – and he recorded a perfect score.
The budget passed yesterday during its third reading in the House of Commons. It now heads for the Senate, where it is expected to pass in the coming days.
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