Justin Trudeau hosts Google Hangout with schoolkids on day 1 as PM
People are joining Canada's 23rd prime minister today in Google Hangouts, on Periscope, and elsewhere online
Justin Trudeau was officially sworn in as Canada's 23rd prime minister on Wednesday, and true to what we've seen from him since 2015's election campaign, he's taking full advantage of digital tools to share the experience widely online.
The Liberal Party of Canada started promoting a live Periscope feed of Trudeau's swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday morning at approximately 9 a.m. ET.
As the ceremony was beginning, Trudeau himself shared a link to the live video feed with his 956,000 followers.
LIVE on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Periscope?src=hash">#Periscope</a>: LIVE: Swearing-in ceremony / EN DIRECT : Cérémonie d'assermentation <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/pm23?src=hash">#pm23</a> <a href="https://t.co/ub8beoBn21">https://t.co/ub8beoBn21</a>—@JustinTrudeau
While Periscope does not publicly display the total number of people who viewed a particular broadcast, Trudeau's approximately one hour and 10-minute-long ceremony stream earned just under 5,000 hearts (which are similar to "likes") and prompted a steady stream of user comments.
A live webcast of the swearing-in ceremony was also available for public viewing on the Governor General's website.
Following the swearing-in ceremony, a Google Hangout was scheduled to take place with Prime Minister Trudeau and Canadian schoolchildren from five different regions across the country.
While initially slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET, the chat was delayed about one hour.
It appears to have been worth the wait for the students participating, however. The just under 13-minute-long, bilingual Hangout was a hit among those commenting and live-tweeting along with the discussion — particularly among teachers who used the discussion as an educational tool.
Trudeau on the Google Hangout is talking about why being a good teacher is like being a good PM. Teachers on hangout seen smiling. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/hw?src=hash">#hw</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/pm23?src=hash">#pm23</a>—@janycemcgregor
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Etienne?src=hash">#Etienne</a> Brule Js@tdsb , students watching live#PM Trudeau's google hangout. Reaching students on day 1 of the job! <a href="https://t.co/gk7kWeOKXN">pic.twitter.com/gk7kWeOKXN</a>—@etiennebrulejs
PM Trudeau Hangout - What an amazing opportunity for students today! Our PM immediately engaging our youth! <a href="https://t.co/5ozKT3cqkE">https://t.co/5ozKT3cqkE</a>—@Bryant82S
Just ahead of the chat, Trudeau tweeted a photo of himself at the swearing-in ceremony and wrote that he was "honoured to be sworn in today as 23rd Prime Minister of Canada."
Honoured to be sworn in today as 23rd Prime Minister of Canada. <a href="https://t.co/El9ZDQgVtZ">pic.twitter.com/El9ZDQgVtZ</a>—@JustinTrudeau
Trudeau also addressed Canadians in a lengthy status update on his Facebook page around 2 p.m. ET.
"Today, I had the pleasure of introducing our team of extraordinary Canadians who will serve as Ministers in your new government," the post begins. "As a Canadian, you expect to see your values and priorities reflected in your government – and we have listened closely. Our strong, diverse, and experienced team will serve all Canadians, and – for the first time in our country's history – there will be an equal number of women and men around the Cabinet table."
"I am writing to you, today, to reaffirm my commitment to spend the next four years working hard to deliver on those promises," the status continues. "It is time for leadership that never seeks to divide Canadians, but takes every single opportunity to bring us together, including in Parliament."
Within just one hour of going live, more than 40,000 people had liked the status (the full text of which can be viewed here.)