Citizen analysis shows Liberals fail to vote a third of the time

Ottawa Citizen reporter Glen McGregor once again showed why he’s one of the best CAR reporters in the country with his analysis of House of Commons votes by the Liberal opposition.

McGregor downloaded electronic copies of the house journals, which record such matters as votes. He then extracted the vote information into a database to discover that Liberal MPs, on average, had participated in just 64 per cent of votes.

Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion participated in just a third of votes, the Citizen reported.

The Liberals have been finding every way possible to avoid defeating the Conservative government of Stephen Harper, and thus forcing an election.

More than 60 per cent of Liberal votes backed the government. “They are giving Mr. Harper the capacity to take the country down the wrong path, not just on high-profile items like Afghanistan, but just in general, they are there to support the government,” the Citizen quoted NDP leader Jack Layton as saying.

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