Purpose

This is a fairly quick 15 question quiz that was designed with the intent to help Canadian voters choose the party that best reflects their views and opinions.

Please take this tool with a grain of salt. It is not meant to be a definitve guide for the clueless voter, but hopefully will provide some insight into the decision-making process leading up to his or her cast ballot.

The policy information for each party was taken from the Ottawa Citizen (published: Sunday, October 12, 2008). The original layout was a table listing points for each of the five federal parties' platforms across 15 main issues. For the quiz, the party names have been hidden and their points have been radnomized within each main issue.

Some have accussed the Ottawa Citizen of being a left-leaning newspaper so please be aware that there is generally some form of bias in the majority of news and other media. There are some attempts at limiting this such as Skewz and FactCheck, but their focus is more on American media.

Lastly, this tool was created with a further objective of helping temper blind obedience to a particular party. Opinions tend to become polarized with one party being preferred and another despised. The article "Does ideology trump facts? Studies say it often does" has this to say: "We like to think that people will be well informed before making important decisions, such as who to vote for, but the truth is that's not always the case... [One study's] findings suggest that facts that contradicted political ideology were simply not taken in; if anything, challenging misbelief with fact checking has the counterintuitive effect of reinforcing that misbelief." Moral of this story: keep an open and critical mind.

Instructions

  1. Under each main issue heading, select (using the radio buttons) the statement(s) that you think best represent your own views on the subject.
  2. Additionally, for each main issue, indicate a weight between 1 (not important at all) to 10 (very important), with 5 being neither important nor unimportant, which reflects how important or relevant the issue is to yourself, to Canadians, etc.
  3. Click the "Score Me" button located at the bottom of the page.
  4. GO VOTE!


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1. Aboriginals

Importance of this issue:
How important is this issue to you? (1: not important at all; 10: very important)

2. Agriculture

Importance of this issue:
How important is this issue to you? (1: not important at all; 10: very important)

3. Arts and Culture

Importance of this issue:
How important is this issue to you? (1: not important at all; 10: very important)

4. Child Care

Importance of this issue:
How important is this issue to you? (1: not important at all; 10: very important)

5. Consumer Protection

Importance of this issue:
How important is this issue to you? (1: not important at all; 10: very important)

6. Defence

Importance of this issue:
How important is this issue to you? (1: not important at all; 10: very important)

7. Economy

Importance of this issue:
How important is this issue to you? (1: not important at all; 10: very important)

8. Environment

Importance of this issue:
How important is this issue to you? (1: not important at all; 10: very important)

9. Fisheries

Importance of this issue:
How important is this issue to you? (1: not important at all; 10: very important)

10. Health Care

Importance of this issue:
How important is this issue to you? (1: not important at all; 10: very important)

11. Infrastructure

Importance of this issue:
How important is this issue to you? (1: not important at all; 10: very important)

12. Immigration

Importance of this issue:
How important is this issue to you? (1: not important at all; 10: very important)

13. Law and Order

Importance of this issue:
How important is this issue to you? (1: not important at all; 10: very important)

14. Taxes

Importance of this issue:
How important is this issue to you? (1: not important at all; 10: very important)

15. Trade

Importance of this issue:
How important is this issue to you? (1: not important at all; 10: very important)

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