New website tracks city council’s activities, voting patterns
CALGARY- It’s being billed as a democratic tool for voters, and is a big time saver for those who want to keep tabs on city council.
On Wednesday, political think-tank The Manning Foundation unveiled Counciltracker.ca. The website collects, analyzes and reports on individual votes, voting patterns and the time spent in private discussions.
Preston Manning says the point is to better inform and engage voters, and keep politicians accountable.
“Some citizens say ‘well you said this or that during an election campaign, now I want to look at your voting record to see if you follow up on that.’”
Council members say they have no issue with the program.
“What we do here is very important, and the more we can do to get people involved in their city, the better,” said Brian Pincott.
“When you talk about transparency, it’s not about seeing what in the books” adds Shane Keating. “It’s about understanding how me as your elected official thinks and behaves and tracks all those things, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with tracking what we are doing.”
Counciltracker.ca can be accessed on any device with internet access, and is free to use.