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It's Saturday morning, the coffee is just starting to kick in and my "Best of 07" playlist is blaring. And best of all, I'm keeping my 2008 resolution to continue blogging. "My name is Dan Lett, and I'm a lazy blogger. I have been blogging again for two days....."Perhaps they should try to organize a one-car parade firstThe federal Liberal Party in Manitoba was supposed to hold its annual general meeting this weekend in Brandon. Problem is, the party forgot to tell party members. Up take on the event was so poor, it was cancelled. Now, as the party scrambles to maintain a beach head in Manitoba, it's got a bit of a public relations mess on its hands.Party brass portrayed this as an unavoidable perfect storm of conditions - bad weather, competing events in Brandon and the simple fact that a good number of Liberals would likely choose an open-bar happy hour at a Cozumel hotel over the salad bar at the Royal Oak Inn. Truth is, the event was poorly planned, and poorly advertised. The Grits pretty much got what they deserved this time around.This is NOT necessarily indicative of Liberal support in Manitoba. Winnipeg South Centre Grit MP Anita Neville recently drew more than 250 to a fundraiser. The secret of Neville's success? She held the even in Winnipeg .The timing of this gaffe is very bad. The Grits are going to be in tough to keep their two Winnipeg seats - Winnipeg South and Winnipeg St. Boniface - and trapsing off to Brandon was the last thing they should have been doing. Several Grit sources commented that taking the AGM outside of Winnipeg was something the party did when it was in power.Note to Liberals: those days are over.-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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