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A portrait of Canada's Senate in numbers: The Senate barely votes

In the first session of this Parliament there were 801 votes in the House of Commons. You can find out the results of these votes by visiting here, where you can even download the results as data.

We went through all Senate Journals since the election to create our own list of votes, since the Senate doesn’t have a list publicly available.

How many votes have there been in the Senate? Only 70.

What’s more, six of the 70 votes had to do with decisions for how many hours the Senate would sit, and 12 dealt with the ongoing Senate scandal.

Sober second thought? Not so much. The Senate is more than happy to let most government legislation through without even bothering to vote.

Number

Date

Bills or Motion

1

June 26, 2011

C-6

2

September 28, 2011

Senate Sittings

3

October 4, 2011

Senate Sittings

4

October 5, 2011

Government Motion No. 11

5

October 5, 2011

Senate Sittings

6

October 18, 2011

Government Motion No. 11

7

October 18, 2011

Senate Sittings

8

November 17, 2011

C-18

9

November 22, 2011

C-18

10

December 15, 2011

C-18

11

March 1, 2012

C-10

12

March 1, 2012

C-10

13

March 1, 2012

C-10

14

March 15, 2012

C-33

15

April 3, 2012

C-19

16

April 4, 2012

C-19

17

April 24, 2012

S-6

18

May 31, 2012

C-39

19

June 21, 2012

C-38

20

June 21, 2012

C-38

21

June 26, 2012

C-31

22

June 26, 2012

C-31

23

June 27, 2012

C-31

24

June 28, 2012

C-38

25

June 28, 2012

C-38

26

June 29, 2012

C-11

27

June 29, 2012

C-11

28

June 29, 2012

C-38

29

June 29, 2012

C-11

30

October 2, 2012

Komagata Maru motion

31

October 17, 2012

S-11

32

November 6, 2012

Invitation to witnesses on CCSVI

33

December 4, 2012

S-10

34

December 4, 2012

Committee studing into charities

35

December 10, 2012

S-12

36

December 13, 2012

C-45

37

December 13, 2012

C-45

38

December 14, 2012

C-45

39

March 21, 2013

C-27

40

March 25, 2013

C-27

41

March 26, 2013

C-27

42

May 7, 2013

C-377

43

May 28, 2013

Report on expenses

44

May 30, 2013

C-43

45

June 4, 2013

C-42

46

June 13, 2013

C-15

47

June 17, 2013

C-304

48

June 17, 2013

C-304

49

June 17, 2013

C-304

50

June 25, 2013

C-316

51

June 26, 2013

C-377

52

June 26, 2013

C-377

53

June 26, 2013

C-377

54

June 26, 2013

C-377

55

June 26, 2013

C-377

56

June 26, 2013

C-304

57

June 26, 2013

C-304

58

June 26, 2013

C-304

59

October 28, 2013

Brazeau Suspension

60

October 29, 2013

Brazeau Suspension

61

October 30, 2013

Brazeau Suspension

62

October 30, 2013

Wallin Suspension

63

October 30, 2013

Duffy Syspension

64

November 4, 2013

Brazeau, Duffy, Wallin suspensions Government motion No. 5

65

November 5, 2013

Brazeau, Duffy, Wallin suspensions Government motion No. 6

66

November 5, 2013

Brazeau Suspension

67

November 5, 2013

Duffy Suspension

68

November 5, 2013

Wallin Suspension

69

December 4, 2013

Runia Motion

70

December 12, 2013

C-4

 

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