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This article was published 22/3/2013 (1558 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is generally known as one of the more affable members of the federal cabinet.
Sure, he is the one that has taken the axe to thousands of civil service jobs and had to deliver the bad news of now six deficit budgets in a row.
But he's usually smiling, always good for a laugh or two in a press conference or during Question Period.
What he's not is all that prolific on social media.
Except apparently on what should be one of his busiest days of the year.
On Thursday, while I, along with most of the national press corps, was stashed away in the Ottawa Conference Centre, locked up for hours without access to cell phones and twitter and Facebook, Flaherty was finally finding his tweeting fingers.
Throughout the day, he tweeted several times about what he was doing.
"Follow me at this account tomorrow to see what a Budget Day looks like from my POV" he started with, Wednesday night.
Thursday morning, just after lock up started, he began.
"The big day is finally here. Stay tuned."
And it continued. Photos of him arriving at the office, in meetings with staff, the new budget shoes, his press conference with reporters in lock-up.
He has only tweeted 33 times himself, and about 30 of them were yesterday.
Whether this is a sudden turnaround and we'll see the finance minister on Twitter more often has yet to be determined. It seems unlikely.
The "day in the life" tweets come on the heels of Prime Minister Stephen Harper doing the same thing a few weeks ago.
The tweets don't really shed any more light on the decisions being made, or what Flaherty thinks. But for people who want a bit of an insider's view of what a finance minister does on the biggest day of his year, it offers a bit of fun.