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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 isn’t 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 don’t always connect as we'’d like. 

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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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