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Liberals come calling
I tweeted last time we met about my futile attempts to interview new provincial Liberal leader Rana Bokhari about her party’s education policies, if any.
The emailed responses from the ubiquitous aide to the leader went no, yes, then finally, they’ll get back to me in a few months.
So this week I get another email from the provincial Liberals, this time from a backroom person who, being heavily involved in the one seat the Grits hold, I would take to be a fairly senior backroomer.
And this person wants to get together, "not as much so you can pick my brain as I might pick yours. You often put items on my radar by way of your columns, just imagine if I had you one on one!"
Um, no....I do public speaking on occasion, on panels to teachers or trustees, or to classrooms, but it wouldn’t be appropriate to offer myself to help a provincial party develop policy.
Although, I’m thinking that Greg Selinger and James Allum would be delighted if they thought the LIberals were developing education policy based on picking my brains, such as they are.
I’m also thinking that Brian Pallister might not be so delighted, given that he’ll want the Liberals to bleed the NDP of votes in the city, and well-developed, deeply-thought-out, innovative Grit policies formulated by professional educators would be a big help.
Anyway, I’m here anytime the leader has any ideas of her party’s that she wants to share.
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About Nick Martin
Nick Martin is the old bearded guy at the back of the newsroom, the most experienced reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press, having started his career in Ontario in 1971.
He’s been covering education for the Free Press since the spring of 1997, after decades primarily covering municipal politics, including a four-year stint at the Ontario legislature for the London Free Press.
Nick moved to Manitoba in 1988 with his Winnipeg-born wife, who is a professor at the University of Manitoba. They have two kids, both of whom graduated from Grant Park High School: son Chris and daughter Gillian.
Nick has won a national journalism award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers, two Manitoba Human Rights Journalism awards, and the Ontario Reporters Association investigative award.
Nick is a long-distance runner, having finished and survived 18 marathons and 15 half-marathons and 30-kilometre races, and having (barely) survived 10 years as an outdoor and indoor soccer coach.
Nick became a soccer referee in 2007, delighting in his 60s in outrunning 16-year-olds and keeping his distance from obstreperous coaches and parents.
Nick and his wife have discovered a mutual love for kayaking at their Whiteshell cottage, and are both regulars at the Reh-Fit Centre. They hold season tickets to both the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Warehouse, and as empty nesters, have rediscovered the joys of an active winter vacation.
A native of Jarrow-on-Tyne, England, Nick is a member of the Toon Army as a Newcastle United supporter, and a proud citizen of Leafs Nation.
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