City council shows uptick in fiscal conservatism, finds study

An analysis of the voting records of Calgary city council members by the Manning Foundation concludes the current group is more likely to hold the line on taxes than the last council.

Manning Foundation studied voting records of Calgary councillors

The head of the Manning Foundation, Preston Manning, says he was surprised to learn after crunching the data that the current council is more prone to vote for tax restraint than the past one. (CBC)

An analysis of the voting records of Calgary city council members by the Manning Foundation concludes the current group is more likely to hold the line on taxes than the last council.

The pro-free market non-profit foundation for democratic education unveiled its new council vote-tracker website on Wednesday.

Calgary's city council pictured after the 2013 election. (City of Calgary)

Using minutes from council meetings, researchers looked at how the politicians vote on key issues and how often they vote with and against their colleagues.

Preston Manning, the foundation’s president, says the data should be of interest to Calgarians since many people don’t know how their elected officials are voting in meetings.

And it’s harder for voters to track the voting behaviour of city politicians compared to other levels of government, he said.

“Because of the freer voting, it's fairly complex at the municipal level so we're hoping that this will just improve people's understanding of what the council does,” he said.

The study also reveals that the current city council spends more time in closed-door meetings than the previous council.

The data is available at counciltracker.ca.

The Manning Foundation says it plans to regularly update the site with vote results from each council meeting.

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