Saturday, May 22, 2010

Democratic deficit: Does Canada need its own TheyWorkFor You?

Making sure that your MP does his or her job in your interests is tough to do, when you seldom have a chance to see or hear the MP in action. In the UK, a private charity has helped bridge the gap between voter and MP by setting up a website called TheyWorkForYou.

Here is an example of a post on that site, showing extracts from a debate.

As the site says:
For all its faults and foibles, our democracy is a profound gift from previous generations. Yet most people don't know the name of their MP, nor their constituency, let alone what their MP does or says in their name. We aim to help bridge this growing democratic disconnect, in the belief that there is little wrong with Parliament that a healthy mixture of transparency and public engagement won't fix. Hence this website.
TheyWorkForYou was set up almost entirely by a dozen or so volunteers who thought it should be really easy for people to keep tabs on their elected MPs, and their unelected Peers, and comment on what goes on in Parliament.



    Google does wonders sometimes.

  2. Thanks, Volkov!
    I prefer the UK site's layout.

  3. Yeah, but the idea is the same. I've already harassed my MP a couple times with this info.


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