Hamilton Council Tracker: 2010-2014
- Manning Centre's "Council Tracker" report shows 98.8 per cent of Hamilton City Council motions pass
- Report also shows data on attendance and voting patterns at city hall
The Manning Centre released today an in-depth report on the voting habits of Hamilton’s city council members. The report was produced by the Manning Centre’s ‘Council Tracker’ project, a system that electronically scans the minutes of council meetings and compiles data on council activities. The Manning Centre launched this tool for Calgary in 2014 and has now produced similar reports for Hamilton, Toronto and Ottawa.
Council Tracker Summary Report: Hamilton 2010-2014 analyzes information on councillors’ attendance and the amount of time council spent discussing matters behind closed doors. Further, the analysis provides insight on how often councillors vote together and the pass/fail rates of council motions.
“Hamilton’s city council approves virtually everything,” said Jeromy Farkas, a Research Fellow with the Manning Centre. “Unlike Toronto, where one in ten motions fail, we see very little debate play out. It could be that Hamilton’s city council decides most matters behind closed doors, or that they all just think alike.”
Other highlights from the Council Tracker report for Hamilton include:
* Council spent 273 hours deliberating issues; substantially less than the 883 hours spent at Toronto council meetings.
* Only Mayor Bratina attended all meetings for the entire 2010-2014 term. Councillor McHattie had the lowest attendance (84.5 per cent) and Pasuta had the most time away (over 20 hours).
* Council spent 5.8 percent of its time in secret; similar to Toronto, but nearly double Ottawa.
* Merulla was the most likely to get council’s support, and Clark was the least likely.
The Manning Centre hopes to release data on Hamilton’s 2015 council activity – including data on who is most likely to vote to raise taxes – in early 2016.
To view the Hamilton Council Tracker Report for 2010-2014, click here.