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Canadian Budget issues being discussed online (part 1)

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will begin unveiling the federal budget in less than an hour. I’ve been following online chatter tagged with #eap13 (the “Economic Action Plan” hashtag) and #bdgt13 (the “non partisan” budget hashtag). Here’s how the issues are stacking up against each other. Analysis was performed using Marketwire/Sysomos Heartbeat.

  1. Economy
  2. Debt/deficit
  3. Taxes
  4. Jobs/employment/skills
  5. Education
  6. Jim Flaherty’s budget shoes
  7. Infrastructure
  8. CIDA
  9. Housing
  10. Poverty

When I include #cdnpoli (the Canadian politics hashtag) the top issues of the day change slightly.

  1. Oil, gas & pipelines
  2. Economy
  3. Jobs/employment/skills
  4. Taxes
  5. Natural resources
  6. Science
  7. CIDA
  8. Debt/deficit
  9. First nations
  10. Environment

I haven’t started any sentiment analysis. Partly because there have been no official announcements of the budget details yet.

UPDATE: I’m not including #budget2013 since many countries are using this hashtag for their own budget tweets.


About the Author:

Mark Blevis is a digital public affairs strategist and President of, an integrated digital communications, public affairs and research company. His work focuses on the role of digital tools and culture on issues and reputation management. He also leads research into how Canadian opinions are shaped through online content and interactions.