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  1. Is there any way to link to any Archival footage of the Members of Parliament during Question period?

    CPAC's archives are just obscenely difficult and frustrating to navigate. And Youtube is near hopeless for Canadian Parliamentary debates.

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  2. 5 votes
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  3. Track similar/identical bills and link them together.

    Some bills may expire before being passed or be defeated, but be reintroduced as basically the same thing. It can be hard keeping them straight, so it would be great if we could trace them forward and back. i.e. C-32/C-11, or C-54/C-30

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  4. identify the speaker on vote pages

    Given that "didn't vote" means something different for the member in the Speaker's chair I think it would be useful to identify that on the vote pages.

    6 votes
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  5. 18 votes
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    I’d love to see similar sites in the provinces, and am eager to provide help and code to anyone who wants to build a provincial site. But the federal Parliament is more than enough of a project for lone-volunteer me.

  6. Tally MP Votes

    I would like to see a list of how my MP voted on all sorts of topics since the last election so that people in my riding can see a summary of their MPs stand on the issues before elections.

    26 votes
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  7. 5 votes
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  8. Email how your MP votes.

    Send me an email showing how my MP votes.

    16 votes
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  9. Add Private Members Bills introduced to each MPs page

    Add PMBs introduced to each MPs page

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    Sponsored bills are now listed in a member’s activity feed. I’ll leave this idea around, because I should probably add a full, historical list of sponsored bills as well (and not just the last few).

  10. Enable users to create custom RSS feeds using search terms

    Google News allows you to generate an RSS feed that contains articles matching search query.

    I would like to have this as well, I am working on a site for a departmental intranet and a feed of all things discussed in Parliament related to our department mandate would be really useful.

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    This actually exists as a bit of a secret feature. It’s on the to-do list to test and polish this and allow e-mail alerts. But to get an RSS feed, just do a search, and look for the RSS icon (usually radiating semicircles on an orange background) in your browser’s address bar.

  11. 39 votes
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    I’d love to have a French version of the site, but without funding it’s just too much for me to take on personally. If a programmer out there wants to take on the project, I’d be thrilled. From the openparliament developer wiki:

    J’aimerais énormément avoir une version française du site. Je pense que, au lieu d’inclure les infos français dans la base de données actuelle, c’est meilleur de créer une site séparée, avec une differente base de données. (Ce projet nécessite non pas seulement traduire les pages HTML de openparliament.ca, mais obtenir les versions françaises du Hansard et des autres documents qu’on utilise.)

  12. Allow comments/tags on stuff MPs say

    It would make fact checking easier.

    15 votes
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  13. Show donations and percent of vote each MP received in the last election.

    Elections Canada has a publicly accessible structured list of donors and votes broken down by riding. It could be neat to include it on the site.

    50 votes
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  14. 24 votes
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    I’d love to see similar sites in the provinces, and am eager to provide help and code to anyone who wants to build a provincial site. But the federal Parliament is more than enough of a project for lone-volunteer me.

  15. 4 votes
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    This is among the most popular requests, but unfortunately there’s no current way to do this short of having someone on Parliament Hill do a count. I can and do report when a member doesn’t vote, but we’re unable to tell the difference between an absence and an abstention, and many days there simply aren’t any votes in the House. There’s been some noise about having Parliament release attendance records (which are currently self-reported by the parties but not made public), but at the moment those records simply don’t exist.

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