Wednesday, October 13, 2004

DPF on secret split voting

DPF agrees with me on the public's absolute right to know how our representatives are voting. And he suggests the amendment to the standing orders:

144(1)(f) "If a party, by leave, splits its vote, the party shall table by the conclusion of the next house sitting day, a statement listing which members were represented by the ayes, and which members represented by the noes, as cast by the party's representative.

This ensures that Parliament won't be unnecessarily bogged down with roll-calling on procedural matters, while guaranteeing transparency and accountability.

The trick now is to get the bastards to pass it...