A good sense of humor is a rare quality in most politicians, but Naheed Nenshi, the mayor of Calgary in Canada is an exception.
He is a passionate Calgarian and a fantastic community leader responsible for many positive developments in the city.
Some of his interactions with people online can be termed as out of this world. Here are a few glimpses:
Without doubt, Naheed Nenshi is Canada’s most popular mayor on Twitter. His quips and bantering only endear him further to his constituents.
An East Indian by origin who’s parents lived in Tanzania before coming to Canada; he is of Muslim faith and has a degree from Harvard.
His antics on the social media have not only won over the citizens of Calgary, but other places as well.
@nenshi seen your tweets all over Facebook. Ottawa could use somebody like you!— BH Photography (@bhphotography) February 24, 2014
@nenshi G'dday just saw some of your tweets you are hilarious so I'm following you from Australia— Phillip Houghton (@PhillipCanberra) February 23, 2014
According to a Best of Calgary poll,he is the city’s second-greatest claim to fame after the Stampede and its best Twitter personality.
“It is important for mayors to not only do the hard work that we do every day to keep the city going, but also to embody the spirit of the city, and that’s something that I try very hard to do every day.”
Not only that, he has great political ambition- as he said during an interviewlast year, “It actually was difficult to decide to run again. I don’t think of myself as a career politician and I really spent some time thinking…. I decided that there’s still a lot more to be done. We’ve started, set the wheels in motion on a number of things — particularly around transforming government and figuring out how to make this government more citizen-focused and more effective — [but] there’s still a lot of work to be done…. As we go into the election I think that will be an opportunity to have a deeper conversation with Calgarians about a bunch of things. We do need to talk about the structural issues in our budget, and about our debt and about how difficult it is for the city to provide the services that people need. We need to have a real conversation in the city about poverty.”