Most Canadians know so little about their own country that they would flunk the basic test that new
immigrants are required to take before becoming citizens, according to a poll released on Friday.
The Ipsos-Reid survey showed that 60 percent of Canadians would fail the test. A similar poll done in 1997 showed a failure rate of 45 percent.
"Canadians appear to be losing knowledge when it comes to the most basic questions about Canadian history, politics, culture and geography ... (they) performed abysmally on some questions," the firm said in a statement.
Only 4 percent knew the three requirements a citizen had to
meet to be able to vote while only a third could correctly identify the number of provinces and territories. Just 8 percent knew that Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state.However, we shouldn't be too hard on them. The British equivalent test asks whether pocket money is paid daily, weekly or monthly. As there is no correct answer to this question, one assumes that it's put in there like the voting tests imposed upon Blacks in hteSouth all those years ago: the intention is to offer a test which will inevitably be failed.