Report Examines Hamilton's City Council Voting Behaviour
- Manning Centre's "Council Tracker" report examines over 1,250 motions between 2014-2016, provides interesting data on council activities
The Manning Centre released a “Council Tracker” report today that analyzes Hamilton City Council’s voting records and council activities between December 2014 and June 2016.
Highlights from the report include:
Average attendance was 93%, up from the previous term’s 91.9%, but a quarter of all absences went unexplained
Council spent 8.2% of their time in secret but there are significant irregularities in the way that Hamilton City Council records time in secret
The vast majority of votes (98.3%) pass in Council, implying that the policy disagreement happens behind the scenes, in committee, or otherwise before the meeting
“It’s hard for the public to pay attention to every council meeting and detail,” said Peter McCaffrey, Director of Research at the Manning Centre. “Our Council Tracker reports sum up what’s been happening, so the public can check in on council attendance, see how often council is spending time in secret and learn who is most likely to oppose something.”
The in-depth study allows for comparison with previously released analysis by the Manning Centre on the previous council.
To view the Council Tracker Midterm Report for Hamilton 2014-2016 – click here