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The whip is the member of a parties caucus responsible for sufficient attendance of
party MPs in the House of Commons should a vote be held. The government whip is responsible
for making sure the government does not lose important votes, or that the governing
parties proportion of the vote is not overtaken by opposition parties. Whips are furthermore
responsible for the order of speakers in the House to facilitate the job of the Speaker
in recognizing members. Essential to the job of being party whip is the ability to flex
party discipline through close ties with the party leader. Party discipline comes in
several forms, suspension from caucus, denial of responsibilities, or even all out expulsion
from party caucus.