Did Conservative Senator Yonah Martin just delete her Twitter account to stop Canadians asking her about Bill C-51?
On May 6th we witnessed how the government used its majority to ram Bill C-51 through the House of Commons after only two days of debate. The legislation - now opposed by a whopping 56% of Canadians with just 33% in favour - will now be considered by the Senate. This is why at OpenMedia we updated our StopC51.ca action platform so that our petition, signed by more than 230,000 Canadians, now targets the Senate. The platform shows each Senator’s voting intentions and also serves as a quick tool to send Senators an email or a tweet. Our team made sure we had our facts right, so we checked the Senator’s emails and added the Twitter tool for those who had Twitter profiles. Conservative Senator Yonah Martin was one of the few Senators with an active Twitter account. As seen below, her Twitter handle @YonahMartin was a real thing until not so long ago…
Thank you @YonahMartin for the meeting and lunch today on the Hill. We appreciate your insight and assistance. #IAFFpic.twitter.com/JweDecvz26
— Burnaby Firefighters (@IAFF323) April 29, 2015
Our Senator focused tool quickly became a big success, and people were emailing and tweeting their Senators left and right. At this point, Sen. Martin may have probably noticed a sudden stream of tweets directed at her, urging her to vote against Bill C-51:
[email protected] We're counting on you to do the right thing and vote to #StopC51. #SoberSecondThought#cdnpoli
— OpenMedia.ca (@OpenMedia_ca) May 14, 2015
Please 4Canada #StopC51#RejectFear#cdnpoli The people have spoken, why is our government not listening you are our last hope! @YonahMartin
— Melissa Paquette (@PositiveGiggles) May 7, 2015
@YonahMartin please join us in saying no to a police state. Say NO to bill c51 #RejectFear
— Asia laraine (@LaraineAsia) May 7, 2015
@YonahMartin Stop Bill C-51.It will rob Canadians of our rights and freedoms.
— darlene breakwood (@onedar48) May 10, 2015
And then, out of nowhere, a few days after our tool launch, @YonahMartin was gone.
Did Sen. Martin delete her Twitter account right after people started tweeting her about Bill C-51?
Is she hiding from Canadians?
We are not certain. But it sure looks suspicious to all of us.
What we do know is Sen. Martin will be voting in favour of Bill C-51, and her government is bent on ramming through this reckless, dangerous and ineffective bill despite over 230,000 Canadians speaking up at StopC51.ca.
Only a few weeks before the debate, it’s never been so important to spark a conversation and get results. Tell the government to withdraw this unpopular bill now at StopC51.ca.
And if you want to let Sen. Martin know where you stand, just shoot her an email.