Thursday 21 April 2011

Ignatieff - worst attendance in Parliament

Which MPs missed the most votes? - The Globe and Mail
If I elect someone to represent me in Parliament, I expect them to do so. This is yet another reason I am not voting Liberal.

From Nov. 2008 to Dec. 2010 there were 311 votes. Michael Ignatieff missed 182 of them! The next closest absent member was Stephen Harper. He missed 142 votes. Gerard Kennedy was in the top ten too, with 103 missed votes. Most of the worst offenders were Liberals.

Michael Ignatieff's non-voting record
April 14:

Today, Michael Ignatieff struggled to explain is horrible voting
record to reporters. He has the worst attendance record of all MPs for
the last session of Parliament. In 2010 he missed 70 per cent of all
votes and 72 per cent of confidence votes.

Let’s have a look at some of the pieces of legislation he missed voting on since he was crowned Liberal Leader:

(Government bills are bolded.)

  • C-449, Free Public Transit for Seniors Act
  • C-510, Criminalizing abortion
  • C-343, Family leave
  • C-300, Corporate Accountability of Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations in Developing Countries
  • C-201, Stopping pension clawbacks for veterans
  • C-384, Euthanasia
  • C-302, Italian-Canadian Recognition and Restitution Act
  • C-469, Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights
  • C-307, Charter of the French Language
  • C-530, Northwest Territories borrowing limits

  • C-46, Canada-Panama Free Trade Act
  • C-42, Strengthening Aviation Security Act
  • C-501, Pension protection
  • C-473, Protection of Insignia of Military Orders, Decorations and Medals
  • C-393, Aids-drugs-for-Africa bill
  • C-304, Secure, Adequate, Accessible and Affordable Housing Act

  • C-47, Budget implementation act II, 2010
  • C-42, Strengthening Aviation Security Act
  • C-386, Replacement workers
  • C-290, Tax credit for loss of retirement income
  • C-440, War resisters
  • C-308, Improvement of the employment insurance system

  • C-5, International Transfer of Offenders
  • C-45, Appropriation Act II 2010-11
  • C-280, Qualification for and entitlement to EI benefits

  • C-2, Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
  • C-475, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (methamphetamine and ecstasy)
  • C-395, Employment Insurance during a labour dispute

  • C-9, Budget implementation act I, 2010
  • C-232, Official languages for Supreme Court justices
  • C-444, Québécois national identity in the Telecommunications Act
  • C-241, Employment Insurance removal of waiting period

  • C-7, Appropriation Act I, 2010-11
  • C-392, Made in Canada Act

  • C-50, Employment Insurance benefits
  • C-42, Ending Conditional Sentences for Property and Other Serious Crimes Act
  • C-52, White Collar Crime
  • C-306, Canadian Products Promotion Act
  • C-268, Minimum sentence for trafficking minors
  • C-309, Economic development agency for Northern Ontario
  • C-279, Employment Insurance severance and vacation pay

  • C-20, Nuclear Liability and Compensation Act
  • C-288, Tax credit for new graduates working in designated regions
  • C-273, Right to repair
  • C-310, Air Passengers' Bill of Rights

  • C-11, Human Pathogens and Toxins Act
  • C-24, Peruvian Free Trade
  • C-9, Transportation of dangerous goods
  • C-2, European Free Trade

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