The Senate of Canada (@SenateCA and @SenatCA) has embraced Twitter in recent months. In the process, it has become a “must follow” presence for anyone looking to keep current on what’s happening in Canadian politics (#cdnpoli) in the Upper House of Parliament.
Canada has 105 senators, comprised of men and women from across the country. As per the Senate’s official website: “They are business people and scientists, judges and teachers, athletes, community leaders and senior civil servants who use their lifetimes of expertise to ensure Parliament acts in the best interests of Canadians.” In 2016, the Senate welcomed 27 new Senators, many of whom are active Twitter users too.
“The Senate has embraced Twitter so that Canadians can more easily follow the essential work that we do. Anyone curious about our role can follow our deliberations, listen to our meetings, track legislation and learn how we represent them in Parliament. Twitter is helping us open up the Senate even more to the people we serve.” – Senator Leo Housakos (@SenatorHousakos).
The @SenateCA and @SenatCA Twitter accounts are as diverse and dynamic as the Senate itself. The account regularly features photos, videos and other valuable content to keep Canadians abreast of the latest policy decisions and deliberations.
The @SenateCA even wrapped 2016 in fine style on Twitter with an original video that recapped the Senate’s year on Twitter, full of highlights and top Tweets that told the Senate’s story last year.
On an individual level, many Canadian senators have their own personal Twitter accounts, including Senator George Furey (@GeorgeFureyNL), the 45th Speaker of the Senate of Canada. Each senator brings a personal touch by Tweeting, lending a personal voice to what’s happening in the Senate Chamber.
On March 1st, the @SenateCA will broadcast a panel discussion featuring journalists Robert Fife (@RobertFife), Marie Vastel (@M_Vastel) and Waubgeshig Rice (@waub) via Periscope. At issue will be the interplay between politics and social media. At the same event, the Senate will debut its “Senate Virtual Tour,” which gives Canadians far and wide a chance to learn about the Senate and its history.
Starting on March 6th, @SenateCA members will have their Twitter handles broadcast during committees and furthermore, the first Periscope Producer broadcast will take place on March 8th, which is International Women’s Day,