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No matter which political direction you lean, get out there and vote today! You have a voice, use it!

If you’re still unsure of who to vote for, check out the different party platforms and get educated and make the right choice for you. All of the platforms can be accessed on the different party websites or from here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/political-parties

Help shape our world and our country – vote!!

Analysis of Online Chatter Over First 5 days of Political Campaigns

As a follow up to yesterdays post, take a look at this post by my friend Sheldon. He works as the Community Manager for Sysomos, a real-time social media monitoring and analytics platform, and has used their product to analyze the online chatter that has occurred over the past five days since the election was called.

It’s interesting stuff and worth taking a look at.

http://blog.sysomos.com/2011/03/31/will-canadas-election-be-won-using-social-media/

Political Party Leaders and Twitter

Looking for additional ways to follow the election? Want to know what the party leaders and your candidates are up to and where they are on a daily basis? Follow them on Twitter!

With only 140 characters to get their message out, this is a new form of communication for politicians who are used to waxing lyrically when they have the public’s attention.

Granted, some of the party leaders are using Twitter much more effectively than others, but at least they are all using it. That said, there is so much more they could be doing with this tool including an unbelievable amount of information they could be mining for use in policy and campaign strategy and an opportunity to engage with voters.

So how are they all doing?

1. Michael Ignatieff is doing the best job. He incorporates other social sites into his tweets and delivers valuable, if limited, information. He is also starting to interact with the public more via this forum.

Does he write his own tweets? yes

Follow him @M_Ignatieff

2. Jack Layton tweets often but rarely engages with his followers – he mostly uses Twitter to broadcast but doesn’t appear to be listening and engaging.

Does he write his own tweets? Sometimes. Tweets come from both Mr. Layton himself as well as from team members.

Follow him @jacklayton

3. Elizabeth May interacts with her followers and the public more than others but has a significantly smaller number of followers.

Does she write her own tweets? yes. But sometimes it is her assistant who actually posts them.

Follow her @ElizabethMay

4. Gilles Duceppe does a great job interacting with people but with all his tweets being written in french, he has a much more limited audience.

Does he write his own tweets? yes. But sometimes they are posted by others.

Follow him @GillesDuceppe

5. Stephen Harper falls to the very bottom of the list. He doesn’t engage with his followers, writes in a very formulated and prepared manner and mostly uses the site to broadcast.

Does he write his own tweets? Sometimes, but not often. Most tweets are prepared by staffers.

Follow him @pmharper

If you’re looking for a place to keep track of what all the Canadian politicians are saying on social media, check out http://politwitter.ca. According to the site, “Politwitter does the searching for you by indexing Canadian federal and provincial political twitter, facebook, blogs, youtube, flickr and more into one location. The site maintains a list of politicians and political tweeters as well as popular hash tags. You can view tweets narrowed down by MPs, partisan affiliation, province and more.”

Local Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Candidates on Twitter:

Liberal – Kimberley Love: @girlfromgrey

Greens – Emma Hogbin: @emmajanedotnet

Conservative – Larry Miller: not currently using Twitter

NDP – no candidate

I’ll write a post after the election with a final review of how the different candidates fared in their use of Twitter.

 

 

Apathy: the democratic disease….

It is time, once again, for a federal election. I have very little patience for people who complain about “having” to vote again or the cost of an election. We live in a democracy (be thankful for this!) and elections and voting are the cost of doing business.

My generation is known to be politically apathetic and far too many of my peers do not take advantage of the right to vote. It is not only a right, but also a duty. If we do not make our voices heard, it defeats the purpose of the democratic process. Please let’s work to change the impression that we just don’t care; educate yourself on the issues and where each party and your local candidates stands on them. If you feel strongly about something, find the party that holds the same stance as you and volunteer during this election. Write letters to the candidates (or Facebook or Tweet them), write letters to the editor of your local paper, talk to people in your community, attend candidate debates and events; help MAKE your issue important.  And then get out there and vote! If you absolutely cannot support anyone, show up and spoil your ballot and then get involved in politics through the local riding association for whichever party you are most akin to. Work through that channel to affect change so that next election, there will be someone you can, in confidence and good conscious, support and vote for. Each political party has a website that you can visit and inquire about volunteering and most local ridings also have websites with regional information. You can find them here:

Federal Party Websites:

 

www.liberal.ca

 

 

www.ndp.ca

 

 

www.conservative.ca

 

 

www.greenparty.ca

 

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Websites:

Liberals:

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Liberals: www.brucegreyowensound.liberal.ca

The Liberal candidate (Kimberley Love): www.kimberleylove.ca

NDP:

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound NDP: www.ndp.ca/district/35026

The NDP does not currently have a candidate for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound but are working to put one in place.

Conservatives:

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Conservatives: They don’t seem to have a riding website.

The Conservative candidate (Larry Miller): www.larrymiller.ca

Greens:

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Greens: www.gbosgreens.ca

The Green candidate (Emma Hogbin): www.emmahogbin.com

 

I’ll post information on all-candidates debates as they are scheduled.

Get informed, get involved!