Over the last week, there has been much media attention on Conservative MP Michael Chong’s private member’s bill (Bill C-559). The bill (dubbed “The Reform Act”) has acquired its own hashtag: #ReformAct. It has created so much interest that Chong decided to table the bill two days before schedule. Aaron Wherry sums up the bill over at Maclean’s. Here’s an update on the Twitter conversation so far.
Over the weekend, Michael Chong joined Twitter (@MichaelChongMP) to follow the online discussion and engage with other MPs and Canadians.
His account has seen fast growth, with over 2,300 followers already. There’s even an account dedicated to the Reform Act (@TheReformAct), which provides updates on proceedings and MPs’ support.
MPs across all parties and the public alike have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions and interest, and the bill has been mostly met with support on this platform. Some MPs have been clear on their position:
Other MPs tweeting their support include: Murray Rankin (NDP), Kyle Seeback (CPC), Dean Del Mastro (IND), Jinny Sims (NDP), and Kennedy Stewart (NDP).
Justin Trudeau and some members of the Liberal Party have been tweeting that they support the “goals” of the bill.
Not all MPs have yet been clear on their stance, some reserving judgement pending further debate or clarification. This includes Pierre Poilievre, Minister of State for Democratic Reform.
Some MPs used Twitter to ask questions about the bill or debate with the public.
Even some former leaders of our country took to Twitter to add their voices to the mix.
Indeed, Canada’s 3rd Prime Minister, Sir John Abbott, was turning over in his grave at the very thought of the Act.