In my last post I indicated that the Legislative Assembly of Ontario had yet to set up a twitter account. However, I was just informed this was not entirely true since the Assembly’s Parliamentary Protocol and Public Relations office recently created one(@ONPARLeducation) to promote the Assembly’s Education Portal. It also serves to raise awareness of the Legislature’s history and to promote its public education programs, such as tours, art exhibits, and the Legislature’s model parliament. The account was created in January 2014, and tweets in both English and French, making Ontario’s Legislature just the second in Canada, along with the Senate, to tweet in both official languages.
Below is an updated chart with the now (hopefully) complete list of Canada’s legislative twitter accounts. More details on the patterns shown and the challenges legislatures face in using social media can be found in the original post.
What happens in a democracy when the views of experts and the desires of the people come into conflict? This was the question addressed at the 2011 Walter Gordon Symposium – an annual event put on by Massey College and the School of Public Policy and Governance to discuss a subject of immediate importance to Canada.
I had the privilege to present on research that I have been assisting Professor David Rayside with on the relationship between religious-activism and Canadian political parties. Specifically, the research looks at the factors that led the Ontario government to abandon changes to the province’s Sex Ed curriculum following protests by religious conservatives. Ultimately we concluded that it was not the pressure from the religious conservatives themselves that sparked the government’s reversal, but rather the fear that the issue could resonate with other constituencies as well, such as Catholic voters and new Canadians.