We tracked the #cdnpoli hashtag between September 15 and 28 to see exactly what was most important to Canadians when it came to Canadian politics.
The array of topics was certainly interesting. As you can see in the chart below, no topic accounted for more than 5.5 per cent of tweets while a total of eight accounted for three or more per cent.
The push for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women drew the largest share, followed closely by discussion of MP Paul Calandra’s responses during question period.
Interestingly, the potential mission in Iraq – which is what Calandra was being asked about in QP — was the next-most popular topic.
Both the development of Canadian oilsands and the Climate March held at the UN Climate Summit appeared among the top topics. A significant portion of this was driven by Greenpeace activist Mike Hudema, who was by far the most influential twitter handle for the #cndpoli hashtag during the period.
Mr. Hudema also had the most-retweeted tweet during the period, which you can see below.
— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) September 27, 2014
The next top influencer was writer/lawyer Stephen Lautens, who mostly tweeted about the Prime Minister’s appearance at the UN General Assembly.
Several other top tweets also referenced the speech.
— Gerald Butts (@gmbutts) September 26, 2014
The Prime Minister’s own handle was the next top influencer.
He was retweeted for the visit of Ukrainian PM Petro Poroshenko, and the signing of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) September 17, 2014