As you may know 29 Liberal MPs did not register a vote on the budget, nor did the Liberals offer up any amendments to try to improve that budget. The budget is important and for the Liberals to miss a vote on it after all of the outcry over prorogation just reeks of hypocrisy and political game playing. Here is what the Iceman said on the subject: "The budget is hands down the most important piece of legislation affecting the greatest number of Canadians that they could possibly vote on. If ever there was a day to show up to vote on behalf of the people you represent, it is budget day. Not only did they skip an afternoon of work, it was the most important afternoon of 2010!" (link)
But not so fast everyone; the Liberals may have a legitimate excuse for being absent from the budget vote.
It turns out that this was not out of the ordinary for the Liberals, in fact despite leader Michael Ignatieff's vow that his party would no longer sit on its hands during votes in Parliament, Liberal MPs have missed three times as many votes in the House of Commons as Conservative members so far this year. "The average Liberal MP did not participate in about 12% of the recorded votes on bills and motions in the House of Commons since the parliamentary session began in January, compared with Conservative MPs, who on average skipped 4%"
"The Liberals posted the worst record for voting of the four parties in the House, standing to be counted fewer times on average than even Bloc Quebecois MPs."
So stop picking on the poor Liberals you guys, it is normal for them to miss work.
Related: After re-reading my original post from April where I first wrote on the attendance story, I couldn't help to be taken by the something in the first line: "...Michael Ignatieff's vow that his party would no longer sit on its hands during votes in Parliament." So a quick Google search was preformed and looky what I found.
Michael Ignatieff: ' ...and our job as an opposition is to say that, stand up for Canadians and fight for them, and we will. In a word, no more sitting on our hands.'
So how is Michael Ignatieff going to fight for us this week? I am not sure, but it certainly won't be in Ottawa or Parliament because beginning Saturday, Ignatieff again is embarking on a town hall tour, to seven Canadian cities, including Burnaby next Friday and he again will be absent from the House of Commons.