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My grandmother is an inspiration

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I have been on a few rants in this election about the callous way many Canadians treat voting. I have been repeatedly irked by people who say they don't care, they don't have enough time to pay attention, or they just don't want to.Sorry, but I've got one more.This afternoon, I was talking to my grandmother. She is a 93-year-old veteran of the second world war (she was a nursing sister overseas). She raised three kids and was widowed in her 50s while two of her children were still teenagers. She is now in a nursing home, is almost blind, partly deaf and bed ridden.  If anyone has earned a ticket to just relax and not worry about an election, it's her.But come Tuesday morning, my grandmother will be in her bed waiting for the returning officer to come to her room in the nursing home with a ballot so she can vote. She has always voted and she isn't about to stop now, she says. She has paid attention to what the campaigns have said and done. She listened to the leaders' debate on the radio, followed speeches the leaders gave throughout the race and made her decision. She has often voted for the same party but this time she has decided to vote for someone new because she was inspired by something the party leader said and did during the campaign.My hat goes off to my grandmother. I can only wonder what kind of government we would have if the 10 million Canadians who likely won't bother to cast a ballot tomorrow cared as much as she does about her civic duty.

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About Mia Rabson

Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.

Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.

She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.

Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.

Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.

In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.

She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.

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