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Toronto Council Tracker: 2010-2014
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 - 11:00am
- Manning Centre report shows the full extent of polarization last term
- Ford brothers had highest number of “no” votes between 2010-2014
The Manning Centre released today an in-depth report on the voting habits of Toronto’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: Toronto 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.
“We found more disagreement in a day at Toronto City Council than in four years at many other cities we studied,” said Jeromy Farkas, a Research Fellow with the Manning Centre.
Highlights from the Council Tracker report for Toronto include:
* Council spent 883 hours deliberating on issues; significantly higher than Ottawa (180 hours) and Hamilton (273 hours).
* Rob and Doug Ford voted against council motions 25.7 per cent and 23.5 per cent of the time respectively; the highest frequency on council.
* Council members with top attendance over the entire four-year period were Councillor Perks (98.1 percent) and Holyday (97.8 percent).
* Council spent 6.1 percent of its time behind closed doors; approximately the same as Hamilton, but double Ottawa’s time spent in secret.
The Manning Centre hopes to release data on Toronto’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 Toronto Council Tracker Report for 2010-2014, click here.