So where was your MP?

About a week ago, Mia Rabson of the Free Press blogged about NDP MP Jim Maloway and his penchant for speaking in Parliament.

Which is a little surprising, considering Maloway was a virtual invisible man for his entire 22 years as MLA.

But what I found interesting was the data provided on the website she used as reference.

For example, you can sort the information based on dissensions, votes, absences, bills, quotes and words spoken. So just for interest, I sorted on absences. Well, the results were kind of shocking to say the least.

Of the top 50 most absent individuals, it breaks down as follows:

Conservative: 7

Liberal: 37

Bloc: 4

NDP: 2

Okay, what the hell is up with the Liberals? The top truant is a Bloc member. The first NDP shows up on the list at 26, the first Conservative is no. 3 ( Helena Guergis – okay, can understand that one). Harper is number 9, I can understand that one, he’s the PM so does a lot of traveling. So really, the first Conservative is at #17.

Ignatieff is #2 – and he wants to be PM. What’s with the Liberals not showing up?

But then I looked at number of words spoken and number of quotes.  The number 1 truant was gone 68 days, 0 words spoken, 0 quotes. Ignatieff was gone 63 days, 139 quotes, 17,000 words.

Wow, for someone who is gone so often, he sure talks a lot.

Hold on though. How can the #1 truant be gone 68 days?

Parliament only sat 65 days.

So which is right? Mind you even if the number of absences is inflated to have 35 of the top 50 truants? Do they only show up if they are in government?

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4 thoughts on “So where was your MP?

  1. Just throwing this out there: maybe the absences are a result of staying away to allow Conservative bills to pass, so as not to trigger an election. Mind you, there haven’t been that many votes of confidence. Hmm. Maybe they’re just working really really hard for their constituents? Interesting find…

  2. Good point, but my thought would be that if you are the opposition then perhaps the last person who should be absent is the leader. I could see if they were all backbenchers.

    I’m not sure how much faith I put in the numbers when the number one guy is absent more days than the house sat.

    • As it’s a voting history, I think the absences refer to being absent for a vote, as opposed to a day of parliament. There can be several votes each day.

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