A loss for data and democracy

by Aaron Wherry

Earlier this month, Cory Horner shut down one of my favourite bookmarks, howdtheyvote.ca. Cory explains his decision here.

Cory’s website was an incredible resource and a wonderful model of what the Internet could mean for the House of Commons. (And Cory also patiently put up with my periodic requests for help.) Hopefully what he created is just the start.

Conservative MP Dan Albas pays tribute.

If you never had a chance to visit this website, it was one of the first that provided a summary of data on politicians including voting records, absences in the house, dissentions, and even commonly used words. All of this information was provided in a transparent and easy to understand manner for members of the public. This type of overview not only provided a convenience for citizens, the information could also be used to help hold Members of Parliament to account. While much of this information can be located on Government websites, it is often much more difficult to locate and at times is presented in a less user-friendly manner.

Fortunately websites like OpenParliament.ca are still in existence that are carrying out this important work however as the shutdown of How’d They Vote has not gotten much media attention I feel it is important to note this unfortunate new development.




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A loss for data and democracy

  1. Dan . . . I`d like you to meet David Wilks. David will explain how to make yourself right with your leader.

  2. I loved that site. :-)

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