Health minister’s Twitter account highlights cost of government tweeting

A Twitter account created for Canada’s health minister last summer is costing taxpayers more than $100,000 a year in salaries and overtime for the bureaucrats who run it.

The account was launched Aug. 18 and so far has issued about 250 tweets, or about 50 a month in English on @CDNMinHealth and in French on @MinSanteCAN.

Those tweets require the equivalent of 1.5 employees dedicated to the task, with after-hours and weekend work costing about $6,500 in overtime so far.