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Maclean’s on the Hill: Who’s missed the most votes in the Commons?


 

Each week, the Maclean’s Ottawa bureau sits down with Cormac Mac Sweeney to discuss the headlines of the week. This week, we speak to Charlie, a 10-year-old transgendered girl who’s fought for equal treatment most of her life. She celebrated the Liberal government’s tabling of a bill that would extend the scope of human rights legislation to include transgendered people. Then, Ottawa bureau chief John Geddes speaks with the latest entrant to the Conservative Party’s leadership race: Michael Chong. Later in the show, we speak to the co-editor of a book that celebrates 150 years of a press gallery in Ottawa. And finally, we crunch the numbers and reveal who’s missed the most votes so far in the House of Commons.

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Part 1. Ottawa moves ahead on transgender rights

A sign marks the entrance to a gender neutral restroom  at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007. (Toby Talbot/AP/CP)

A sign marks the entrance to a gender neutral restroom at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007. (Toby Talbot/AP/CP)

Meet Charlie, a 10-year-old transgendered girl who’s fought for equal treatment most of her life. She celebrated the Liberal government’s tabling of a bill that would extend the scope of human rights legislation to include transgendered people.



Part 2. Michael Chong enters the fray

Conservative MP Michael Chong speaks during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 7, 2014. The Conservative MP's bill, known as Reform Act 2014, is poised to pass the House of Commons today during a third-reading vote. (Fred Chartrand/CP)

Conservative MP Michael Chong speaks during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 7, 2014. The Conservative MP’s bill, known as Reform Act 2014, is poised to pass the House of Commons today during a third-reading vote. (Fred Chartrand/CP)

Ottawa bureau chief John Geddes speaks with the latest entrant to the Conservative Party’s leadership race, Michael Chong, about his vision for the party and how he hopes to win back government.



Part 3. The Press Gallery turns 150

Parliament Hill in Ottawa. (Photograph by Blair Gable)

Parliament Hill in Ottawa. (Photograph by Blair Gable)

Hear from Bloomberg reporter Josh Wingrove, the co-editor of a book that looks back at the Parliamentary Press Gallery’s 150-year history in Ottawa.



Part 4. Who misses the most votes in the House?

Pages and staff prepare the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, December 2, 2015.  (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Pages and staff prepare the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, December 2, 2015. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Who’s missed the most votes so far in the House of Commons? Maclean’s assistant editor Nick Taylor-Vaisey crunches the numbers on the current session, as of May 16.


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