01/17/2012 07:03 EST | Updated 03/18/2012 05:12 EDT

POLITICAL TRACTION | Liberals, pipelines and same-sex marriage

Jaime Watt joins Power & Politics host Evan Solomon each week to look at how issues making waves in Ottawa resonate with Canadians.

Monitoring the House of Commons' question period, mainstream media and the conversation on social media, Watt and his team at Navigator Ltd. determine which issues gained the most attention in official Ottawa, and then measure how much traction those issues managed to find with Canadians outside the nation's capital.

This week's topics are drawn from the week of Jan. 7 to Jan. 13. As most MPs continued their extended winter break, the Liberal caucus was meeting in Ottawa ahead of the party's biennial convention, dominating the conversation in Ottawa and nationally. Two revelations about the government's position on opponents of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and on the validity of foreigners' same-sex marriages granted in Canada also had people talking.

Here's a look at the numbers:

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