The Senate of Canada announced a partnership with Twitter Canada at a packed, high-energy event on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
“The 21st century Senate remains under construction, but tonight we have laid a strong foundation,” Senate Speaker George J. Furey told hundreds of guests.
The partnership will see select Senate committee meetings streamed live online in broadcast quality using Periscope. Senators will also be identified by their Twitter handles during all televised meetings.
The Senate already live tweets significant events during Senate sittings, noted Senator Leo Housakos, chair of the Subcommittee on Communications.
“We are light-years ahead of the House of Commons,” he said.
Twitter Canada Managing Director Rory Capern hailed the Senate’s French and English Twitter accounts “as an example of what open government really means on Twitter.”
“It’s being held up as a standard for the world.”
Communications subcommittee deputy chair, Senator Jane Cordy, promised more to come.
“We are very much a modern Senate — energized in the present and prepared for the future.”