NEWS RELEASE: MP Hedy Fry’s Vote Attendance Record Amongst the Worst in Ottawa


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Centre MP Hedy Fry’s Parliamentary voting record shows she has a habit of not showing up for work. In the last session of Parliament (2010-11) the longtime Liberal MP missed 35 votes, placing her 240th out of 308 MPs in attendance.  To be fair, this was an improvement over the previous session that saw her miss so many votes that she ranked 291st in MP absenteeism. By comparison, the MP’s of the separatist Bloc Quebecois have, on average, better voting attendance.

Add Hedy Fry’s expenses to her salary of $168,896 and it cost taxpayers a total of $740,520 in 2009-2010 to have her not show up for crucial votes in the House of Commons, a record that is apparently acceptable to Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff who holds the worst record of any MP for absenteeism.  It doesn’t matter what they say during an election campaign if they don’t show up to vote.

Hedy Fry did not show up to vote on Bill C-268, a bill imposing minimum sentencing for trafficking of minors. (A bill that the Liberal Party supported.)

Hedy Fry did not show up for voting on Bill C-15 to create minimum sentencing for serious drug offences committed with violence or through organized crime (Another bill which the Liberal Party supported.)

Hedy Fry did not show up to vote for the 2007 budget, the 2008 budget, for the Budget 2009 supplemental budget for more tax relief for working families and first time home buyers, nor for the 2010 budget.

Hedy Fry’s voting record, when she does show up, is puzzling.  On February 15th, Hedy voted in favour of the Conservative bill to reform the Early Parole Act.  On Wednesday, February 16th she voted against it.

“It’s time that Vancouver Centre had someone in Ottawa that they can trust to be there in person to represent their views and needs. It’s time Vancouver Centre voters retire a representative who after 18 years takes voters for granted and doesn’t show up for work. And, it’s time that Vancouver Centre had a strong voice in Ottawa, someone that is taken seriously and who will work hard for her constituents”, said Vancouver Centre Conservative Candidate Jennifer Clarke.

“What is needed is a strong, stable Conservative majority in Parliament so that the government can get on with the business of supporting all Canadians by creating jobs, supporting families through tax cuts and increased support for seniors and caregivers, and by making our streets and communities safe”, added Clarke.

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Robin Wilson

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BACKGROUNDER

MP HEDY FRY’S VOTE ATTENDANCE RECORD AMONGST THE WORST IN OTTAWA


Issue: Hedy Fry consistently misses work

  • In the last session of Parliament Hedy Fry missed 35 important votes
  • Since joining the opposition in 2006 she has missed a total of 192 votes
  • Hedy Fry’s attendance record is even worse when compared to her colleagues because every year she has one of the lowest attendance rates in the House of Commons

Compare Hedy Fry’s voting attendance to all other MPs:

Year

Times Hedy did not show up for work

Job Performance

2010-2011

35

240th out of 308 MPs

2009

39

291st out of 308 MPs

2007-2008

57

255th out of 308 MPs

2006-2007

61

279th out of 308 MPs

Total

192

Source: www.howdtheyvote.ca

Conclusion:  Hedy Fry had a mandate to represent the people of Vancouver Centre and on 192 occasions in the past 5 years Vancouver Centre had no voice on crucial votes in the House of Commons.  Why?  Put simply she just wasn’t there


Issue:  Hedy Fry misses important votes

  • Bill C-268: minimum sentences for trafficking in minors (Sep 30, 2009)
  • Bill C-15: minimum sentences for serious drug offenses (June 3 & 8, 2009)
  • Bill C-2: European Free Trade (March 30, 2009)
  • Bill C-5: establishing the Public Health Agency of Canada (June 20, 2006)

Source: www.howdtheyvote.ca

Conclusion:  Hedy Fry had a mandate to represent the people of Vancouver Centre and on critical occasions in the past 5 years Vancouver Centre had no voice on votes in the House of Commons.  Why?  Put simply she just wasn’t there.


Issue: Hedy Fry is getting paid for not showing up for work

  • While consistently ranking amongst the lowest of MPs in terms of attendance there is one category in which Hedy Fry is near the top: MP expenses!
  • Last year Hedy Fry cost taxpayers $740,520:  $571,624 in expenses and $168,869 in salary
  • Her $571,624 in expenses was 23.5% higher than the $463,009 average for all MPs

Breakdown of Hedy Fry’s Compensation (April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010)

MP Salary

$168,896.00

Expenses:


Travel

$186,061.30

Offices, Employees

$312,701.19

Printing, Advertising, Hospitality

$72,861.55

TOTAL:

$740,520.04

Source: The Board of Internal Economy & Public Disclosure – Parliament of Canada

Conclusion: Hedy Fry’s expenses are not just higher than most MPs, they are also increasing significantly from year to year. Last year she spent more than $68,000 in additional expenses over the previous year and $82,000 more than 2006 – 2007. Hedy Fry had a mandate to represent the people of Vancouver Centre and it cost taxpayers $740,520.04.

Hedy Fry’s Compensation for the Past Four Years


Expenditures

Salary

Total

2009-2010

$        $571,624

$        168,896

$        740,520

2008-2009

$        503,134

$        166,400

$        669,534

2007-2008

$        516,229

$        161,500

$        677,729

2006-2007

$        489,246

$        158,200

$        647,446

Source: The Board of Internal Economy & Public Disclosure – Parliament of Canada

Authorized by the official agent of the Jennifer Clarke Campaign.



One Response to “NEWS RELEASE: MP Hedy Fry’s Vote Attendance Record Amongst the Worst in Ottawa”

  1. […] the skills and professionalism of Jennifer Clarke. He also spoke clearly on why, in addition to her poor attendance record in Ottawa, Liberal MP Hedy Fry does not adequately represent all of her constituents here in the […]

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