I am trying to figure out why someone wanting to immigrate to Canada is held to a higher standard of education and civic knowledge then I am. I don't know if I could pass that same basic test, that is administered to a person wanting to join up with our version of a democratic country.
I am starting to think that all citizens should be asked to pass some sort of basic civic knowledge and history before being allowed to participate in the general election process. I know this sounds a little Heinlein Starship Troopers military republic
My worry is that a lot of the basics of civic education are not being passed along in our various kinds of educational systems.
I would like to think I understand the Canadian civic process, but it is still pretty much a superficial understanding. I was and still am mostly clueless about how our financial systems work.
I honestly believe that there are some basic pieces of knowledge that make people better and more responsible citizens. I often wonder why I have to actively seek out such knowledge rather then being taught the practical essentials.
I know if I had to pass a course or a test to be able to vote, I would make understanding it priority one if it was dependent on my taking part of the greater process.
I don't know that it would create a better class of politician, but it might create a more aware group of citizenry.