During the Calgary flood, Mayor Naheed Nenshi proved (again) how deftly a smart politician can use Twitter. He was funny, personal, interactive and informative. Manitoba politicians could take a lesson. With the exception of Tory Leader Brian Pallister, who is a modestly decent tweeter, our key political leaders haven't quite joined the Twitterverse. Here's the state of affairs as of the end of July. It's mostly a #fail.
-- Mary Agnes Welch
Manitoba's 21st premier
Total tweets: 440
Tweets in July: 3
Number of tweets in July about boring government press releases: 1
Best tweet last month: Congratulations to Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son. All the best to you William & Kate #RoyalBaby #WelcometotheWorld
Who he follows: Canadian astronaut @Cmdr_Hadfield, @WpgBikeAlerts, former Winnipeg Blue Bombers coach @PaulLaPolice, author @MargaretAtwood, Winnipeg's @DJ_Hunnicutt
Total tweets: 0
Best tweet by another guy named Sam Katz: Reese's Puffs. Why do you always give me childish prizes
in the box? Is it because you think I'm a child or something? @the_samkatz27
Here for CANADA.
Total tweets: 0
Who follows her: @CdnLibraryNews, Winnipeg Art Gallery director @stephenborys, Manitoba Sen. @DonPlett, North End activist Michael Champagne who is also known as @northendmc
Husband, father, MLA for Fort Whyte, Leader of the Official Opposition. Standing up for Manitobans each and every day.
Total tweets: 258
Tweets in July: 16
What he tweets about: The "speNDP," his lonely love of the Detroit Red Wings, the Bill 20 committee hearings on the PST hike, various holiday wishes for Manitobans.
Best Tweet: I almost feel bad that the Premier had to cancel his summer vacation. Almost. #speNDP.