SAM’s second report examines the days surrounding the cancellation of a Liberal campaign rally due to safety concerns and captures a snapshot of the sentiment tracked on the digital campaign trail.
Saturday, August 28 was the most toxic day on the digital campaign trail. The most common types of toxicity were insults, threats and profanity.
Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau continued to receive the largest number of toxic tweets; 24% of tweets that he received are likely to be toxic.
17% of tweets that Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole received are likely to be toxic.
14% of tweets that New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh received are likely to be toxic.
1 in 4 tweets sent to the 300 candidates being tracked that include the hashtags #elxn44 or #cdnpoli are likely to be toxic.
Tweets sent from Sunday, August 22 12:00 ET to Sunday, August 29 11:59 ET were analyzed in this week’s report.
SAM is tracking 210 male incumbent candidates, including Justin Trudeau, Erin O’Toole and Jagmeet Singh, 88 female incumbent candidates, and two party leaders who did not have a seat in the last Parliament (Annamie Paul and Maxime Bernier). Review the full list.
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How to cite: The Samara Centre for Democracy, SAMBot Federal Election: August 22-29, 2021, (Toronto: The Samara Centre for Democracy, 2021), www.samaracentre.ca/articles/sambot-federal-election-weekly-snapshot-august-22-29.