See how they vote


Parliament’s website now includes voting records for each MP. Canadian Press explains how to find those and why they won’t always be terribly informative.

Unlike the U.S., Canada’s parliamentary system usually results in MPs toeing a party line, so votes in the Commons tend to be far less dramatic than in Congress.

One could wonder at what point—if ever—a tool such as this results in the level of public awareness necessary to regularly pressure MPs to break with the party line. Whether this could, in some small way, create MPs who are, at least in this context, something more than well-paid voting machines.


See how they vote

  1. I prefer the term well-paid meat puppets.

  2. Politicians have become too specialized and too far removed from regular joe Canadians nowadays. They keep on saying we have to pay these guys well if we want to keep talented people in politics, or they’ll all be off acquiring their millions or whatever. Well, that’s part of the problem. Maybe we should encourage folks who think like that to move on? Politics shouldn’t be a sinecure or lifestyle choice – you’re there, presumably to contribute, to make a difference and leave the country in better shape than when you started. Politics is far too much of a career choice today; if people got in and got out they would be far less beholden to the party machine, and far more free to vote independently or for their constituents

  3. I for one welcome our parliament to the 19th century.

    Republicans down south seem to toe the party line pretty well.

  4. There already is such a tool. His name is Danny Williams, and he’s one of the biggest tools in Canada.

    Speaking of tools, A(NPoC), I think of something else entirely when I hear the phrase “meat puppets”.

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