Report Examines Ottawa's City Council Voting Behaviour
- Manning Centre's "Council Tracker" report examines 982 motions between 2014-2016, provides interesting data on council activities
The Manning Centre released a "Council Tracker" report today that analyzes Ottawa City Council’s voting records and council activities between November 2014 and June 2016. The in-depth study allows for comparison with previously released analysis by the Manning Centre on the previous council (2010-2014).
Highlights from the report include:
- Council attendance remains very high overall, with an average of 97.7%, up from 96% in the previous council term.
- Like last term, the vast majority of votes easily pass in Council, implying that any policy disagreement usually happens behind the scenes, in committee, or otherwise before the meeting.
- Contentious votes are more likely to pass (66%) than to be defeated (34%). This is the opposite of the previous term, where these type of votes were more likely to be defeated (56%) than to succeed (44%).
- While still part of a core coalition, Mayor Watson’s win-rate is much lower now than during the previous term (80.4% vs. 94.1%).
“It’s difficult for the public to stay abreast of all council activities throughout the year,” said Peter McCaffrey, Director of Research at the Manning Centre. “Our Council Tracker reports provides summary information, so that people can check in on council attendance, see how often council is spending time in secret and learn who is most likely to oppose motions at city hall.”
To view the Council Tracker Midterm Report for Ottawa (2014-2016) – click here.