Last Friday when Shelly Glover - the newly elected MP for Saint Boniface - was appointed to become a Parliamentary Secretary for official languages, I immediately tried to reach her for an interview.
Amid the chaos that is the turnover of offices from old MPs to new, those MPs who were just elected for the first time have not yet been able to set up offices or get all their staff in place. The old MPs have until Nov. 15 to vacate and only then can the new MPs move in.
It makes it hard for MPs like Glover to get started. She has calls waiting from any number of constituents but getting to them without aide and without an office isnt easy.
Getting to her for an interview is also not easy. She doesn't have all her contact numbers yet nor did she have all of mine.
So it was that when I tried to reach her on Friday we did not connect. I wrote the story anyway and put in that she hadn't responded to a request for an interview. Sometimes I don't include that line but in this particular story it seemed somewhat glaring that there was no comment from her.
Either way I found out later she had responded after I left the office for the day. But by the time I got her messages (she tried me a few times) the paper had already been printed.
If we had connected Glover would have said she was thrilled with the appointment, as she did in one of the messages.
In a world of media deadlines and busy politician schedules things dont always connect as we'd like.