..many Canadians are appallingly ignorant of even the most basic Canadian political facts
Let's face it, most of us are not political junkies. In fact, the merest mention of politics activates a trapdoor in most skulls, rendering anything afterwards into raving gibberish.
Theories abound as to why that might be. Mine is quite simple: political parties have assumed many of the qualities of religious denominations, and most of us have little to no interest in being saved. We react to most politicians the same way we would to J.W.'s knocking at our doors.