Year end: A New West politician who is engaged

The Most Engaging Politico Award goes to New West councillor Patrick Johnstone, who blogged at before being elected to council in 2014 and has carried on with his wordy ways. Not only does Johnstone blog about every council meeting and major issues in the region (now at, but he’s quick to respond to comments on social media.

We may not always agree with what Johnstone has to say, but we give him kudos for really engaging with folks online.

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For residents who prefer to engage in person, Johnstone has been known to set up his Ask Pat stand at local community events to chat with community members about issues of the day.

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