Ottawa Council Tracker: 2010-2014
- Watson wins 94% of votes on Council - highest rate in all cities studied
- 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 Ottawa’s city council members. The report was produced by the Manning Centre’s ‘Council Tracker’ staff who methodically analyzed every single vote and meeting record for the 2010-2014 term. 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: Ottawa 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.
“Ottawa’s city council approves almost everything, suggesting decisions are made mostly behind the scenes,” said Jeromy Farkas, a Research Fellow with the Manning Centre. “Calgary and Toronto councils can see more debate in a single meeting than Ottawa council saw in four years.”
Other highlights from the Council Tracker report for Ottawa include:
- Council spent 180 hours deliberating on issues; significantly less than Toronto (883 hours), and Hamilton (273 hours).
- Council members Wilkinson and McRae, and Mayor Watson had perfect attendance over the four-year period. Councillor Thompson had the lowest at 85.4 percent.
- Council spent 3 percent of its time behind closed doors; approximately half as much as Toronto and Hamilton.
The Manning Centre hopes to release data on Ottawa’s 2015 council activity – including ratings such as who is more or less likely to vote to raise taxes – in early 2016.
To view the Ottawa Council Tracker Report for 2010-2014, click here.