Just don't tell Tony Clement he can't spell
The local CBC morning radio show here, Ottawa Morning, did a little segment today on politicians on Twitter. As usual, Treasury Board President Tony Clement was cited as one of the most successful and prolific cabinet ministers on social media. In a tweet (naturally), Clement told host Robyn Bresnahan the three-word secret to his Twitter success: "Authenticity, dimensionality and engagement."
But near Parry Sound, Ontario, there's a 15-year-old lad named Keith Pettinger (Twitter handle @KeithPettinger) who might want to add a fourth word to Clement's list: profanity.
Young Mr. Pettinger got into a bit of a spat with Clement on Twitter over the weekend, over spelling mistakes, of all things, and the Treasury Board President, in a direct message, called him a "jackass."
Clement acknowledges the outburst and has apologized for it, saying in an email:
"The message was a private communication. That said, in hindsight, I could have been more polite. I apologize for offending him."
Here are the screen shots of the conversation, supplied by Pettinger: