Monday, February 4, 2013

The MP Who Broke Rank Most Often Voted With Their Party 98.6% of the Time

Most useless interactive graph ever, Globe and Mail.

The amount of control that the party leadership of all parties exhibit over their Members of Parliament is ludicrous. One of the things that American politicians do better than their Canadian counterparts is not fall in line like dominoes. While sometimes their motivations can be suspect or disagreeable, a lot of the time they're voting against their leadership on principle or because they feel it is the wishes of their constituents. This also happens often in the UK, especially among government backbenchers. There used to be a whole site devoted to tracking this kind of thing.

But here? We get all excited over the occasional MP that goes Independent over an issue, like Bruce Hyer or Bill Casey. In all honesty, however, these MPs should be allowed to disagree and vote against their parties without having to leave their caucus.

The Liberals should become this party of MP freedom of choice. We already have some MPs that disagree with the rest of their party on the issue of abortion, though they still vote with our party, again, 99% of the time. We will have internal disagreements, and it should be a part of the job of the party leadership to corral these differing opinions of its members and figure out from there what the caucus will do and how it will vote. The leadership has a role in setting policy, but not to set it solely.


  1. Hyer is tops at 97.78% with Bezan in second at 98.58% and the 'best' Liberal being Simms at 99.46%

    Simms, however, broke rank as many 'times' as Hyer did, but he's been around longer. Bezan has the record for breaking rank most frequently with at least 8 times. Note that even Harper broke ranks once (over abortion)

  2. I would prefer that my MP (Patrick Brown - Barrie) voted with his party instead of not voting at all because he was at Wayne Gretzky's hockey fantasy camp in Las Vegas instead of in Parliament where we're paying him to be.

    1. Sounds like you've got a representative truly concerned about his constituents, Robert. He'll pay attention to them so long as they're in front of a net.