I was a little surprised to hear that a number of MLAs did not show up for the final reading of Bill 44. It seems to me, at the very least, all MLAs should be obligated to vote on key legislation like Bill 44.
The no-shows from Edmonton were:
Dave Hancock, Minister of Education (Edmonton-Whitemud)
Tony Vandermeer (Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview)
Heather Klimchuk (Edmonton-Glenora)
Hugh Macdonald (Edmonton-Gold Bar)
Peter Sandhu (Edmonton-Manning)
David Xiao (Edmonton-McClung)
Raj Sherman (Edmonton-Meadowlark)
Gene Zwozdesky (Edmonton-Mill Creek)
Kevin Taft (Edmonton-Riverview)
From Edmonton, 9 MLAs showed up; 9 MLAs did not. Of these no-shows, 7 were Progressive Conservative, 2 were Liberal. In total, only 35 PC MLAs showed up. I'm not sure what the total number of MLAs for Alberta (anyone know? 75?).
It makes me wonder why so few decided to show up. They couldn't all be ill. What other obligations can legitimately trump their primary obligation to be in the House? So that leaves two options: either it wasn't important enough to show up or they were opposed to the bill, but did not want to vote against the party. Neither thought fills me with joy. If there is another reason I've missed, I'm eager to hear it. Or if I've made an error with my list, please let me know.