The House of Commons adjourned for Christmas last week. It being the end of the year, we thought we’d do a quick checkup on #cdnpoli to see what influenced the conversation for the fall session.
There was one event that overshadowed almost everything else in #cdnpoli this fall – the October 22 shooting in Ottawa, which you can see pretty clearly on the chart below.
Just less than eight per cent of all #cdnpoli tweets were posted on either October 22 or October 23. The top two tweets in terms of retweets were both related to the shooting.
The most retweeted was a photo of Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers. from CBC’s Evan Solomon, below:
— Evan Solomon (@evansolomoncbc) October 23, 2014
The second top retweet was a photo of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was killed in the shooting and was originally tweeted by the Toronto Star.
— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) October 23, 2014
The top tweet unrelated to the shooting came from CBC’s Rick Mercer, criticizing Alberta Premier Jim Prentice for his government’s bill on Gay-Straight Alliances in schools, below:
— Rick Mercer (@rickmercer) December 4, 2014
This tweet fits pretty well with another common theme we noticed in the data: snarky tweets get a lot of retweets.
If you look at the chart below, other than Greenpeace’s Mike Hudema (who we’ll get to in a second) and CBC News Alerts (whose top tweets mostly related to the shooting) most of the top influencers got their retweets through snark, most of it directed at Prime Minister Harper.
For example, the top tweet for writer Stephen Lautens — fourth on our influencer list — related to the long form census, which you can see below.
— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) October 20, 2014
Pat Ondabak — fifth on our influencer list — also got a lot of her retweets with snark, including the tweet below.
— PatRiotchick (@PatOndabak) November 29, 2014
The opposition to various pipeline projects currently under review in Canada was another key theme found in the data.
Greenpeace’s Mike Hudema had nearly twice the number of retweets as the next top influencer, and most of these related to pipeline projects especially opposition from various aboriginal groups. You can see his top two tweets below.
— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) November 20, 2014
— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) September 27, 2014