Federal Election Canada 2011

March 25, 2011 by staff 

Federal Election Canada 2011, At the 2000 federal election, only a handful of candidates boasted their own websites. Flash forward years, and the Internet became an essential part of every election campaign.

Research suggests that Canadians are among the most committed in the world of the Internet, spending an average of 42 hours online per month.

And social media have radically transformed the Internet from a single source of information of an electoral battleground, with sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to play all roles.


With 16 million Canadian users, Facebook is the social networking site most popular in Canada. But it has not been a major factor in a federal election campaign. Most candidates have pages, but have not used effectively to interact with voters. In the 2008 election, the site becomes the basis for the movement of exchange rates that people invited to share their voice in swing districts.

Currently, the top Prime Minister Stephen Harper Facebook is most popular, with over 40,000 people say they like it. Page Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff is the second, with 36,000 loves. NDP Leader Jack Layton is the third, with a number of just over 32,000.

Parties and candidates all have pages as well. The site will also be used during the campaign to invite people to virtual reality and political events.


The microblogging site has been around since, but was the year of its use tips for Canadians and Canadian politicians. Data, a company that measures digital markets, says the site reaches approximately 4.5 million Canadians.

Twitter posts are limited to 140 characters, making it a place to get simple messages about the campaign supporters. In American election campaigns, it was used to raise money, get out the vote or attract people to events.

To listen to political conversations happening on the site during the season, looking for the key phrase # elxn41, referring to the 41st Canadian federal election. The political chattering class will be adding this tag to all posts in the elections to make them easy to find. the site also attempts to build a database of Twitter accounts for all candidates.

When it comes to leaders, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has more than 100,000 faithful. Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff has a little less than 65,000, and NDP Leader Jack Layton has just under, 000.

While Harper may have more fans, he is tied with Ignatieff for how long the influence he has on Twitter. Analysis of their accounts with a web-based program called Klout shows the two leaders currently influence score of 69. Layton has a score of 66. Among other factors, the score assesses how people use messages that the position of leaders, and the frequency of accounts of officers mentioned in the messages of others.


The video-sharing site is often the first place, and sometimes the only place to watch the advertising campaign, whether for parties or other groups. Analysis said Canadians are among the biggest users worldwide site, each watching an average of 147 videos per month.

In fall 2010, also held talks YouTube, where he answered questions from Canadians. No word yet on whether the experiment will be repeated during the current season.

MobileMobile device applications, commonly called “apps” were a great success in recent BC Liberal leadership race. They have also been developed for several municipal campaigns.

But at the federal political parties, only the NDP has already deployed an application for iPhone. It contains photos and videos, a polling place locator and a link to donate to the party. It also allows users to request lawn signs or to volunteer.


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