What are our MPs up to?
Want to know what your MP is up to?
Most of us do.
There is a great website (www.openparliament.ca) where you can keep up with what your MP is doing, or not doing as the case may be for some of them … no names mentioned of course.
The site tracks MPs on the Internet and compiles a list of where their name shows up (i.e. Prince George Free Press … and why they would be quoted in another other media source is beyond me), plus recent votes in the House, and where they’ve had some speaking engagements.
So … what have our MPs been up to (according to openparliament.ca)?
Cariboo-Prince George MP Dick Harris was mentioned a couple of times in HQPrinceGeorge articles, and referred to once in a Free Press letter. In the past couple of months he voted four times on amendments to the Income Tax Act and once on the Radiocommunication Act and the Telecommunications Act. He spoke in the House and he spoke at the Veterans Affairs committee.
Three months ago he spoke in the House on the Canada-Panama Economic Growth and Prosperity Act, the Jobs and Growth Act, on petitions presented to the House, at the National Defence Committee, and at the Veterans Affairs Committee and in the House on the Combating Terrorism Act. His favourite word (the one he used the most in all the Internet postings) is “registry.”
Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer, in the last week, was mentioned several times on Energeticcity.ca, and once in the Prince George Free Press. He posted a handful of times on Twitter.
Two months ago he voted on four amendments to the Income Tax Act and once on an amendment the Radiocommunication Act and the Telecommunications Act. He voted the same way as Harris.
He spoke in the House on the Income Tax Act, on the New Democratic Party of Canada, the Jobs and Growth Act, Citizenship and Immigration, the petitions brought forward, the Association for Mineral Exploration, and raised a point of order.
He spoke at the Agriculture Committee four times and at the Veterans Affairs committee twice.
His favourite word is “farmers.”
In the past week, NDP House Leader and Bulkley-Valley MP Nathan Cullen also posted a handful of “tweets.” He was mentioned twice in the Globe and Mail, twice by CTV News, once on the Sun News Network, and once on CBC.ca.
Two months ago he voted on four amendments to four amendments to the Income Tax Act and once on an amendment the Radiocommunication Act and the Telecommunications Act. For some reason, he voted the exact opposite of Harris and Zimmer.
Cullen spoke in the House on the business of the House, the Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act, Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act, Jobs and Growth Act, and raised a couple of points of order.
He spoke at the Procedure and House Affairs committee five time, at the Information and Ethics committee, the Public Safety committee, and introduced four private member’s bills.
His favourite word: “Conservatives.”
Now you know what your MPs have been doing.
And just for fun, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s favourite word is “Liberals.”