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More on the campaign trail (not exactly)

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Nearing the half-way point of the campaign I am proud to say I haven't eaten a club house sandwhich or a donut. That is saying something because as you travel with politicians, you get offered goodies everywhere you go, and in every restaurant you somehow talk yourself into a club and fries, just that once.That having been said, I've been eating well thanks to the campaigns and their propensity for silliness. Consider the following gems that could only come froma vibrant, desperate election campaign:* That the Tories do not have (as reported here) TWO Hybrid SUVs for this campaign. Only one of their Ford Escapes is a Hybrid, the other is a normal gas engine. But campaign organizers assured me leader Hugh McFayden only rides in the Hybrid. So, he is just as environmentally friendly as Premier Gary Doer.If either one of them was really environmentally friendly, they'd be pushing the SUVs.* There was much discussion this week about the "Revolving Door" advertisements unveiled by the Tories. They show smirking, smug criminals going into a revolving door in handcuffs, only to come out a split second later free as birds.Turns out the revolving door featured in the television commercial was found at a location of Earl's Restaurant. Sources say it was the Earl's on Main Street. And that brings forward a whole new, unspeakable scenario.We catch them and release them the same and day. And before they get out of jail scott free, waitresses in tiny black dresses and precariously high heels are FEEDING THEM NACHOS AND CRANTINIS!Where is the justice in that?* IT was predicted HERE some months ago that the decision by some NDPers in Wellington Riding to challenge sitting MLA Conrad Santos would end in tears. Now we see that deals, side deals, double crosses, fraud and all manner of rule breaking have been the order of the day in Wellington. It turns out none of the people who challenged Santos for the nomination have the credibility or the scruples to pull off the job. And Santos himself, faced with a major challenge, broke rules as well.The NDP may still win Wellington, but this doesn't bode well for a governing party. Flor Marcelino, editor of the Philipine Times, has been nominated in a pinch to run for the NDP. She is, by all accounts, a credible candidate with a strong resume of community activity. Whether she can negotiate the rubble left by Santos and others has yet to be seen. Honestly, perhap it would be best if Santos, and Joe Chan joined Angie Ramos, on the sidelines. That might be anti democratic, but they clearly don't respect the voters of Wellington.-30-

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About Dan Lett

Dan Lett came to Winnipeg in 1986, less than a year out of journalism school.

Despite the fact that he’s originally from Toronto and has a fatal attraction to the Maple Leafs, Winnipeggers let him stay.

In the following years, he has worked at bureaus covering every level of government – from city hall to the national bureau in Ottawa.

He has had bricks thrown at him in riots following the 1995 Quebec referendum, wrote stories that helped in part to free three wrongly convicted men, met Fidel Castro, interviewed three Philippine presidents, crossed several borders in Africa illegally, chased Somali pirates in a Canadian warship and had several guns pointed at him.

In other words, he’s had every experience a journalist could even hope for. He has also been fortunate enough to be a two-time nominee for a National Newspaper Award, winning in 2003 for investigations.

Other awards include the B’Nai Brith National Human Rights Media Award and nominee for the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism.

Now firmly rooted in Winnipeg, Dan visits Toronto often but no longer pines to live there.

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