This year's grassroots protest
Remember the big protests against prorogation? I do, and I'm wondering if all this anger about the online surveillance legistlation (mostly directed at Public Safety Minister Vic Toews) is just another form of it. And if that's the case, this is unlikely to have any impact on Conservative fortunes, since Prime Minister did win a majority last year.
So, serious question: is #TellVicEverything the 2012 version of the anti-prorogation movement? I decided to ask on Twitter today: which grassroots revolt would have more impact?
Here's a sampling of the initial results (and feel free to join the conversation, either on Twitter, or in the comments section here.)
@0lddutch: I was at the forefront of the anti prorogation cabal. After 2 years the Cons gained a majority. Impact? only in our minds.
@michaelcwheeler: prorogue protests showed huge appetite for cooperation against Harper by non-politicos. May be important soon...
@krisjoseph: Anti-prorogue protests had ZERO impact, so topping that isn't hard. #TellVicEverything will be forgotten in a few months.
@alyjohnsonb: As childish as the method may be, I think "fun" is the key and why its so catchy. It just might have more impact as result.
@MuskokaMoneybag: Do we need an election to find out?
@davidshipley: I think so. It spans political stripes - civil liberties types plus conservative-I-don't-want-big-govt-watching-me types.
@TelegramJames: How does one measure "impact" in this sort of thing?
@GlynnP75: I think so, 'net as commons works better in a vast cold country than small grps in many spots. Clearly I'm not in TO though
@ChristophBryon: at the very least, #tellviceverything I am sure woke the smug »HarperGov up to the fact that they have to listen to us
@Beari8it: IMO if Bill C30 passes there will be a technology war #cdnpoli #seriously @criacow: Harper got a majority after anti-prorogation protests. I can't see how #tellviceverything could have *less* of an effect...
Sol Chrom: Not sure about the twitter mockery, but the Anonymous video's got him whining to the Mounties. That's an impact. Jamie Callingham: looks that way, people more bothered by being spied on then by disrespect of democracy.
@TroutMcGee: Good question. Seemingly getting as much if not more traction. Toews comment was very spitful and insulting to Cdn's @Craig_F: Naw nothing we say will matter the dont have time to listen they gotta get all their buddies payed off before we boot them
Update: Right after I posted this, renowned pollster Darrell Bricker of Ipsos weighed in with a comment that stirred up some new reactions. Here's how that went: