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  1. 8 votes
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  2. Provide a diff of the acts changed by a bill

    It would be awesome to see the changes a bill makes in some type of online interface. Something like it commonly done for code.

    Eg: http://markdotto.com/uploads/2014/09/github-split-diffs-v1.png

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  3. Have a running total of how all the parties and independents voted on each bill.

    Example:

    Bill C-44: An Act to amend the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and other Acts
    Short Title: Protection of Canada from Terrorists Act

    CPC LPC NDP Bloc GPC Force indp Total
    NV: 17 10 17 1 0 1 1 47
    Yes: 146 25 0 0 1 1 1 174
    No: 0 0 78 0 1 0 2 81

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  4. 2 votes
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  5. City government councils tracked here as well

    I would like this type of information for my city as well. I want to be able to see how my current Councillor has voted on all legislation that was put forward for a vote. I would like to be able to search on a topic and see what the reps have said. etc.

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  6. List different search filters available.

    I can't seem to find a full list of the available search filters (ie: text:)

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  7. Create a poll for website users to vote by riding on each proposed bill

    This would encourage accountability of MPs. It would inform voters as to whether their MP is listening to them. It would promote a participatory democracy, one in which consensus is built through dialogue.

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  8. 1 vote
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  9. I would like to help add more contact info for MPs (Facebook/LinkedIN/Google+/YouTube))

    A great website! It would be great for users to be able to help you update the profiles with more contact info. MPs have facebook profiles and Pages, Google+ profiles and pages, YouTube account(s), sometimes multiple Twitter accounts, LinkedIN profile. And perhaps a link to the Elections Canada Map. (i can help with this, you don't need to enter the data, have most of it on my blog http://unschedulecannabis.blogspot.ca I just need a field to be able to enter it in, then you can verrify it's accuracy (or users can help with it's accuracy)

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  10. Provide access to the full text of bills through the API

    rather than just the text_url that's currently provided

    6 votes
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  11. 22 votes
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  12. Easy Access Mass MP E-mail Addresses

    Why write to one MP when you can write to them ALL. It would be great if this site grouped the e-mail addresses or all MP's by Province so that any citizen can simply 'copy and paste' them as a group into the TO line of an e-mail, without having to hunt and peck through all their websites and having to key them in one at a time.

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  13. Enter a Twitter Link on Your Website Page so it would be easier to share this great site!

    I find most of the time if you just enter a URL in a tweet it doesn't show in the stream. It would be so much easier for people to share your website if you had a twitter share button built right into your website page!

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  14. Allow multiple pages to be saved to PDF with all comments expanded.

    For instance, a search on an MP's speeches will return 40 pages or more. It would be helpful to be able to convert the lot with Adobe Acrobat to a single document.

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  15. An app for mobile devices.

    An app for mobile devices is really the best I can describe it. A simple clean and concise app for easy viewing on our favorite MP's shenanigans.

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  16. 14 votes
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  17. make written questions on the order paper more accessible

    MPs use oral questions (aka Question Period) to raise questions to the government, but as we know, there are time limits to both the question and response time. MPs also take advantage of submitting up to four written questions on the order paper that the government is required to respond to within 45 days. Often these q's are much more substantive. However, they are hard to find (even in Hansard, they are often just referred to by the question number) - and when answers are tabled, the response (and supporting data) isn't always accessible to the public! Step one would…

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    I absolutely agree that making written questions more accessible would be great, though I don’t really see the benefit of highlighting questions until the answers are available. I haven’t done any research or activism around making these answers more public; if you or anyone reading this would like to research the situation a bit more, and see what might be possible in terms of getting the answers, that’d be great.

  18. Make use of scraperwiki.com

    I imagine it's already on your radar, but wondering what your thoughts are on leveraging this community for your scraping? I'm just starting to look into it myself, so perhaps it doesn't fit, but thought I'd ask :)

    I've said it before, but I'll say it again -- LOVE your efforts!!

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  19. Add coverage of the Senate

    THERE SHOULD BE A WHOLE SEPARATE SECTION FOR THEM! DEBATES, VOTES, SENATORS, COMMITTEES, ETC!

    Those ladies and gentlemen work in the same building, we should be looking at what they're doing as well!

    And I suggest possibly adding third section on the projects they work together on, such as the Library of Parliament.

    Thanks

    21 votes
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    The Senate is relatively low on my priority list for a couple of reasons. First, of course, it’s a much less powerful & politically relevant body than the House. And it’s also well behind the House in terms of technology: their data isn’t nearly as structured or sophisticated as the House’s, which makes automated coverage difficult.

    But of course I’m interested to see how many people would want Senate information.

  20. Provide links to alert administrators of false matches in news items.

    News stories which feature persons with names similar to the names of MPs are being erroneously associated with those MPs. Perhaps links are needed so that site visitors can alert administrators when this occurs.

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