How do you think modern political leaders in Canada make their government-related decisions? Who are some of the people they might consult? If you were leader of a Canadian political party, whose counsel would you seek before making a decision that might affect the social and economic welfare of the people?
What characteristic do you associate with “ambitious” people? Describe the qualities that an ambitious person you know possesses. Are you attracted to the person? Why or why not?
Think of a contemporary or historical person who has dedicated his or her life to a cause.
- What difficulties did he or she encounter while promoting the cause?
- What were the results of his or her efforts?
- Did the person experience any failures in representing the cause? If so, how did he or she handle them?
- What successes did the person achieve?
Many countries in the world are suffering or have suffered from social or political unrest. Choose one of these countries and situations you know about to discuss. Explain the causes and events of the political unrest. If you were the country’s political leader, what might you do to quell the unrest?
In Canada, what provisions exist for the political opponents of the party in power to express themselves?
What are the five most important qualities a political leader of a country needs? Why is it necessary for him or her to possess each of these?
What qualities in a person’s character can help him or her to continue in a competitive struggle even when winning seems unlikely?
Recall a situation you experienced or know about in which one or more people totally misinterpreted the evidence in front of them. What happened?
Imagine you and your partner are about to enter an important competition against strong opponents. What would you say to your partner just before the match?
What kinds of problems or situations can develop between close friends to strain their relationship? Why does a true friendship usually survive the difficulties that may threaten it?