The latest edition of my Peace, Order and Googleable Government reports is now available. This time I look to the political off-season to find out if tweeting MPs are on the same page as tweeting Canadians.
I chose the summer recess to determine in what way tweeting MPs would engage during BBQ and vacation season — and without QP driving the agenda. It’s interesting to see how their tweets were driven by the news cycle.
Perhaps the most intriguing discovery is MPs seem to be tuned in to the dominant issues. My research shows MPs’ and the public overlapped on five out of six issues, even if the order of priority was different. MP tweets put immigration issues ahead of robocalls. They also put the shooting at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin ahead of the one at the street party in Scarborough.