Twitter has long been the social media hub of choice for the Canadian public, but its influence on Canadian politics has never been as robust.
While there are a number of factors that contribute to Twitter’s popularity in Canada, there are also a number that help explain why it has such an outsized impact on the country’s politics.
As the country prepares for a national election, we’ve asked Canadians to share their favourite hashtags.
Below, you’ll find five of the most popular, along with some of the reasons why they are so popular.1.
#FuturesBlue With more than two million followers on Twitter, it is no surprise that #Teamblue, #Voteblue and #Censusblue are among the most-followed hashtags in Canada.
Although #Team Canada is a more-traditional Canadian term for the Conservatives, #CitizenBlue, which has over three million followers, is an entirely Canadian hashtag.
It is also the #1 most-referred hashtag on Instagram.
While #Team Blue has over six million followers in Canada as of January 2020, #Patreon is more popular in Canada than any other Canadian hashtag, with over four million followers.
Patreons, a crowdfunding platform, has become increasingly popular as the country looks to the future of its political parties, with its $50 million goal coming just this year.
#Caucus Blue is the third most-popular Canadian hashtag in terms of followers, behind #Vote Blue and #VoteCanada.
There are many other Canadian hashtags, like #FosterBlue, and #TeamRed, which have over seven million followers each.
Finally, #FlexBlue is the #2 most-favoured hashtag in Canada with more than six million supporters.
The hashtag has gained momentum since it was launched in early 2018, but it has gained a lot of traction over the past year as the Liberals have gained popularity.
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