The Maclean’s Power Issue is currently on stands, featuring a list of “The 50 Most Important People in Canada.” These people were chosen for their “institutional clout, capacity for innovation and timeliness.”

Full Duplex has conducted its own research into how these power people are using Twitter.

Twenty-two of the Top 50 are Twitter users:

  • Stephen Harper: @pmharper
  • Naheed Nenshi: @nenshi
  • Jerry Dias: @JerryPDias
  • Justin Trudeau: @JustinTrudeau
  • Gerald Butts: @gmbutts
  • Thomas Mulcair: @ThomasMulcair
  • James Moore: @JamesMoore_org
  • Christy Clark: @christyclarkbc
  • Jason Kenney: @kenneyjason
  • Laureen Harper: @LaureenHarper
  • Jenni Byrne: @Jenni_Byrne
  • Anne Merklinger: @AnneMerklinger
  • Jim Flaherty: @JimFlaherty
  • Pierre Poilievre: @PierrePoilievre
  • Alison Redford: @Premier_Redford
  • Jean-François Lisée: @JFLisee
  • Joe Oliver: @joeoliver1
  • Shawn Atleo: @shawnatleo
  • Jian Ghomeshi: @jianghomeshi
  • Jennifer Keesmaat: @jen_keesmaat
  • Drake: @Drake
  • Olivia Chow: @oliviachow

However, not all Twitter accounts are equal. Twelve of these have been active in the last 15 days with an average of three tweets per day, and it is no surprise that most of them belong to those involved in politics:

  • @pmharper
  • @justintrudeau
  • @thomasmulcair
  • @oliviachow
  • @premier_redford
  • @christyclarkbc
  • @jen_keesmaat
  • @laureenharper
  • @jenni_byrne
  • @joeoliver1
  • @pierrepoilievre
  • @jerrypdias

Although the list is rife with politicians, it is rapper Drake who overwhelmingly has the most followers:

  • @drake (13.2M)
  • @pmharper (383K)
  • @justintrudeau (268K)

Interestingly, many Power Listers are following the same people on Twitter, with journalists and media personalities leading the pack. Most followed journalists include Andrew Coyne, David Akin, Paul Wells, John Ibbitson, Althia Raj, John Ivison, Jennifer Ditchburn, Steve Paikin, Don Martin, Kady O’Malley, Laura Payton, Richard Madan, Robert Fife and Susan Delacourt.

  • @acoyne (16)
  • @rickmercer (15)
  • @davidakin (13)
  • @inklesspw, @jamesmoore_org, @johnibbitson, @pmharper, @tonyclementcpc (12)
  • @althiaraj, @ivisonj, @jenditchburn, @michellerempel, @spaikin (11)
  • @cmdr_hadfield, @donmartinctv, @ggdavidjohnston, @honjohnbaird, @kady, @kenneyjason, @laura_payton, @richardmadan, @robertfife, @susandelacourt (10)

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