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Kelowna-Lake Country MLA to hold Twitter 'town hall' meeting

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick is turning to social media to hold a virtual town hall meeting.

Letnick, will hold the meeting via Twitter Feb. 22 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.mand take questions about housing.

He said he plans to responding to questions asked to his Twitter account at @NormLetnick, under the hashtag #asknorm.

While the "town hall" meeting is open to all, Letnick is particularly encouraging constituents of his riding to ask questions and offer suggestions.

“We’ve made a commitment to open up government, and social media is an excellent way to directly engage the public and continue the dialogue," said the local MLA.

“Among other things, I’ve knocked on thousands of doors, held surveys, and held hundreds of meetings, but I’m always looking for more and interesting ways to engage with my constituents. A Twitter town hall offers the opportunity to field questions in real time while I’m working in Victoria.”

In the past, former Okanagan-Coquihalla Conservative MP Stockwell Day and his successor, Dan Albas, have both held telephone town hall meetings where constituents phoned in to listen to them speak and had the opportunity to pose questions directly to both men and have them answered while still on the line.

Lauded as a success by both men, the calls drew thousand of participants.

Letnick, who recently took exception to comments by NDP leader Adrian Dix that the Liberals are taking constituents in the Central Okanagan for granted, said at the time the planned Twitter town hall was just on of several ways in which he has, and will, engage area residents and hear their concerns

 

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