Half of Canadians too ignorant to be Canadian [HIlarious headline]
Two days before Canadians celebrate their nation, a survey published Friday found that more than half of them would not be granted citizenship on the basis of their knowledge of their own country.
According to the Ipsos Reid poll, 60 percent of Canadians would fail the citizenship exam, a necessary step for immigrants to be granted citizenship.
However, an "outstanding majority" or 70 percent of newcomers scored a passing grade when administered the same quiz.
The results are "frankly disheartening," said Rudyard Griffiths of the Dominion Institute.
...In 1997, only 45 percent of respondents failed an identical test, indicating that Canadians' knowledge of themselves also appears to be sliding, Griffiths lamented.
To pass the test participants had to correctly answer 12 of 21 questions on Canadian history, politics, culture and geography.