The Capital Chronicles

with Mia Rabson

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  • Always expect the unexpected

    It's inevitable that a party suddenly surging in the polls is going to get a lot more attention. And some of the things parties can get away with when they're the fourth party in Parliament won't stand up to much scrutiny when they are making a play at least for Stornoway if not 24 Sussex itself.

  • What are you afraid of

    Apathy is Boring ( launched a new video today to encourage first-time voters to go to the polls. Spread the word.

  • Kicking it old school

    Are you bored of the federal election? Do the non-stop bickering, mudslinging and “I can scare voters more than you can” routines drive you batty? Want to have some fun with federal politics?

  • Putting his gun on the line

    Green party candidate Matthew Friesen in Portage-Lisgar has an interesting blog on his website.

  • Ritz not the only farmer

    On Monday, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture held a debate about agriculture in Ottawa with candidates from the Conservative, Liberal, NDP, Bloc Quebecois and Green Party.

  • If ever the need were more clear

    NDP Leader Jack Layton boldly proclaimed in the English language debates Tuesday that we need proportional representation.

  • Benefit of the doubt

    Manitoba Conservative Shelly Glover got some national attention yesterday after she said Manitoba Liberal Anita Neville has “passed her prime.” Glover made the comment to Winnipeg’s Global television when she was being asked about the fact the Conservatives still do not have a candidate in Winnipeg South Centre.

  • Game on

    When Michael Ignatieff took over as leader of the Liberal Party in 2008 he looked straight into the camera and sent Harper a warning that he wasn't going to do to Ignatieff what Harper and the Conservatives did to Stephane Dion with their attack ads.

  • Libraries and cotton candy

    There was movement last week on several bills with Manitoba roots.

  • Eroding democracy one bad decision at a time

    Immigration Minister Jason Kenney got into hot water last week for blending partisanship and government.

  • Unbecoming exchange

    If you want a bit of a taste of how high the rhetoric and emotions are running in Ottawa right now you must only witness the segment of CBC’s Power and Politics show Tuesday night between two Manitoba MPs. Conservative Candice Hoeppner and NDP Pat Martin. Liberal Ralph Goodale was there too but could hardly get a word in as the two ‘Tobans duked it out.

  • Losing a great one

    The Parliamentary Press Gallery lost a great soul this morning.

  • Silver lining

    Former Manitoba NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis has had a rough time since she vacated her Winnipeg North seat last spring.

  • Compromise is not a dirty word

     Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s press secretary Dimitri Soudas briefed national bureau chiefs this morning ahead of the start of the new session of Parliament. The economy and job creation, new trade agreements and making the streets safer are the government’s priorities.

  • Senators’ mailings okay

    Last fall, Manitoba Senator Don Plett got some attention for mailing a newsletter into Winnipeg South Centre. At the time it was the only Liberal held riding in Manitoba. (It was before Kevin Lamoureux won the byelection in Winnipeg North.)

  • You don’t want to be that next driver

    It’s that time of year when reporters often look back at the stories they wrote and wonder which ones had the most impact, both on readers and on themselves personally

  • Please don’t drink and drive

    Please don’t drink and drive

  • Toews says he is staying put

    Manitoba senior minister Vic Toews was asked today whether Julian Fantino’s arrival will have any impact on Toews’ job.

  • Why communicating matters

    Ask any journalist who covers the federal government and they will tell you in the past five years it has become increasingly more difficult to get information out of the federal government.

  • To Winnipeg North candidates: Uncle

    The back and forth between the NDP and the Liberals about who Lloyd Axworthy endorsed or didn’t endorse needs to stop.

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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