Harjit Sajjan, Canada’s new Minister of Defence, has become something of an Internet sensation through the combination of three specific ingredients.
Use of Twitter by Canadians to express and engage in political discourse (identified wth #cdnpoli) has grown significantly over the last few years.
C2G (and apps like it) is evolutionary and should come as no surprise. Meanwhile, Bill C-51 has given Canadians ample cause to be suspicious, so the scandal also comes as no surprise.
Under current conditions, an MP’s Twitter account is no more an official government channel than an interaction in a coffee shop.
As of 5:45amET, Minister Baird has been mentioned in 12,518 tweets by 7,888 unique Twitter users over the previous 24 hours.