A Calgary think-tank that has tracked voting trends in city councils across Canada says there’s an increase in successful votes under the John Tory regime compared to the Rob Ford era.
The Manning Centre Research study examined over 1,800 motions in Toronto between 2014 through 2016, and showed that Mayor Tory has been on the winning side of votes 72% of the time, which is better than Ford’s 62% record.
The study took data from council chambers and tracked behaviours through a wide variety of measures including time, attendance, and voting coalitions.
Other revelations from the report showed that “no” votes account for a very large amount of votes cast at council.
A member of city hall is about 100 times more likely to vote against a motion than a council member from one of the other major cities studied by the centre.
In Ottawa or Hamilton, the most contrary council member doesn’t hold a candle to his or her equivalent in Toronto, who is about a thousand times more likely to vote no.
First-term Councillor Stephen Holyday voted against motions 25.6% of the time, the highest of all councillors.
Ward 35 Councillor Michelle Holland had a high acceptance rate, voting “no” only 8.7% of the time.
Toronto City Council sessions lasted an average of approximately two hours and 12 minutes with the shortest session lasting only one minute, and the longest, six hours and 10 minutes.
Councillor Frances Nunziata had a perfect attendance record, not missing any votes. Georgio Mammoliti, however, was absent for 39.4% of votes between 2014 and 2016.
In terms of voting relationships between council members, the two Joes, Mihevc and Cressy, very often vote the same way, while Kristyn Wong-Tam and Frank Di Giorgio voted the same way only 60% of the time.
“It’s hard for the public to pay attention to every council meeting and detail,” said Peter McCaffrey, director of research at the Manning Centre. “Our Council Tracker reports sum up what’s been happening, so the public can check in on council attendance, see how often council is spending time in secret and learn who is most likely to oppose something.”
The results are just the mid-term report for a four-year study to be released in 2018.
The Manning Centre is a non-profit organization founded by Preston Manning dedicated to building Canada’s conservative movement.
— Manning Centre (@manningcentre) November 15, 2016