Another View

An advance look at the 1998 trivia quiz

The millennium madness means that poor little 1998 is irrelevant. All we need to get it over with is a trivia quiz.

Charles Gordon January 19 1998
Another View

An advance look at the 1998 trivia quiz

The millennium madness means that poor little 1998 is irrelevant. All we need to get it over with is a trivia quiz.

Charles Gordon January 19 1998

An advance look at the 1998 trivia quiz

The millennium madness means that poor little 1998 is irrelevant. All we need to get it over with is a trivia quiz.

Charles Gordon

Another View

The rush to the millennium is so frenzied that we will be bored with it by the time it comes and already speculating excitedly about the next one. Our media focus so far into the future that the present is just an inconvenience, something to be endured so we can see what tomorrow, or the next century, will be like.

In a world focused on the year 2000, what possible interest can there be in the year 1998? Newspapers and magazines are already publishing their best-of lists about our current millennium. Books are already on the stands wrapping it up. Before it even began, poor little 1998 was irrelevant. In that spirit, there is little sense predicting what the year will bring. Instead, it seems more appropriate to present the 1998 trivia quiz to you now, just to get it over with:

1. Jean Chrétien did not choke a protester in 1998, but he did (a) Put pepper on his food (b) Appoint a dozen Liberal hacks to the Senate (c) Take a seven on a par 3.

2. In his first full year living at Stornoway, Reform Leader Preston Manning (a) Threw a party so wild that neighbors called the police (b) Threw a party so dull that the neighbors wondered what all the cars were about (c) Gave out Fraser Institute pamphlets at Halloween.

3. Ontario Premier Mike Harris in 1998 was (a) Unwavering (b) Kinder and gentler (c) Dumb and dumber.

4. Which of the following did not have their funding cut in 1998? (a) Hospitals (b) Schools (c) Federally financed business junkets to dictatorships.

5. After the Montreal Expos won the 1998 World Series, the team’s owners immediately (a) Launched plans to enlarge the proposed downtown stadium (b) Filed for bankruptcy (c) Traded all their best players because they might want higher salaries in 1999.

6. The new slogan for Nike was (a) Just do it (b) Don’t do it (c) Just move it out of Canada.

7. The government looked into bank profits and found them (a) Just about right (b) Not excessive (c) In line with world market conditions.

8. The number of new books published about Diana, Princess of Wales, dwindled to

(a) 48

(b) 248

(c) 948.

9. The hottest teen sensation was (a) The Spice Street Boys (b) Preston Manning.

10. After Jean Charest became leader of the Quebec liberal party, he was succeeded as federal Progressive Conservative leader by (a) Mike Harris (b) Preston Manning (c) The Spice Street Boys.

11. The constitutional breakthrough reached by the federal government and almost all of the premiers defined Quebec as having (a) “Sort of a unique character” (b) “A character that is somewhat unique” (c) “A unique character notwithstanding other unique characters” (d) “A unique character in a distinct society, although not as distinct as all that.”

12. Quebec Premier Lucien Bouchard described this as (a) “A humiliation” (b) “Worse than a humiliation” (c) “A unique humiliation” (d) “A distinct humiliation.”

13. In the vigorous competition between Chapters and Indigo, which services were not available at your local book superstore? (a) Liposuction (b) Income tax preparation (c) Tango lessons.

14. The Multilateral Agreement on Investment was condemned for threatening Canada’s sovereignty and imperilling Canadian culture. Which statements did the Liberal government make to defend signing the agreement? (a) It would increase sovereignty (b) It would protect culture (c) It would have been worse under Brian Mulroney.

15. What point was widely regarded as marking the beginning of the decline of the Internet? (a) Up-to-the-minute seniors golf results (b) The Spice Street Boys home page (c) www.senateofcanada.com.

16. Which of the following was contained in a leaked memorandum outlining the federal government’s plans for millennium celebrations? (a) Céline Dion, the Musical Ride and other Disney characters on Parliament Hill (b) The invention of a new Canadian adverb to go with “unique” (c) A round of golf with the premiers.