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Norm Letnick: Twitter Town Hall meetings to become monthly routine

Now that Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick has his first Twitter Town Hall meeting under his belt, he's ready to keep the social media interaction going.

On Wednesday, from 3 to 5 p.m., Letnick fielded questions through his Twitter account, @NormLetnick.

When asked how the meeting went, Letnick said, "From what I understand, it was par for the course.

"We had a few people providing questions on housing, but we also had some questions on highways and schools."

Wednesday's Twitter Town Hall meeting was focused on the issue of housing; however, Letnick is hoping to make the topic of future online meetings more general.

"They'll (be) wide open for my constituents to decide what topics they want to approach me with, comment on or provide input to government on."

He's also going to alter the time that the meeting occurs.

"I'm going to take from this experience and build it up. I'm planning to change the time of day. We did it in the afternoon to accommodate staff at legislature, but I believe the best time of day would be in the early evening," said Letnick.

"The second time I do it in March, I'll do it after the house rises for the day, so at 6:30 or 7 p.m. for a couple hours."

Letnick said he is also planning on keeping the hashtag #asknorm open all the time.

"That way, if anybody has a question to ask me between Town Halls, they can go ahead and do so. I can't promise the same quick turnaround time, (but) I'll check every day or so for any questions."

Letnick said that once he knows the date of his next Twitter Town Hall meeting, he'll "send out a tweet and let everybody know."

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

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