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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

 

@GregSelinger

Manitoba's 21st premier

Followers: 4,588

Following: 339

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

 

@MayorSamKatz

(locked)

Followers: 0

Following: 0

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

 

@ShellyGloverMP

Here for CANADA.

Followers: 1,107

Following: 0

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

 

@Brian_Pallister

Husband, father, MLA for Fort Whyte, Leader of the Official Opposition. Standing up for Manitobans each and every day.

Followers: 1,113

Following: 483

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.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 3, 2013 D3

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