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  • Harper hides Winnipeg North visit

    Most politicians never met a publicity opportunity they didn’t love.

  • In plain English

    In my old office in the Manitoba Legislature, a colleague and I used to keep a running list of words and phrases we really wished politicians and bureaucrats would stop using.

  • Campbell’s legacy

    Not yet 18 months into his third mandate, B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell is stepping down.

  • Come on Winnipeg. You can do better!

    Ontario voters went to the polls yesterday in municipal elections.

  • Toews on protests

    Public Safety Minister Vic Toews made an appearance at the Public Safety committee this afternoon to defend the nearly $1 billion spent on security at the G8/G20 summits last June.

  • No death penalty, says Toews

    Manitoba regional minister and Canadian public safety minister Vic Toews said despite the horrors of the crimes of predators like Russell Williams, Canada will not be revisiting a debate on the death penalty.

  • Somebody give Larry a bigger shovel

    Since moving to Ottawa I’ve noticed some interesting parallels between the civic issues here and in Winnipeg. Among them are both cities long standing discussions, debates, etc about building a new stadium and endless debates about light rail and rapid transit.

  • Harvard takes the hill

    Gov. Gen. David Johnston was invested this morning in a ceremony filled with pomp, ceremony and lots and lots of speeches.

  • What would the Senate do?

    NDP Leader Jack Layton raised an interesting conundrum for the Conservatives this afternoon.

  • Hello pot? This is the kettle calling

    It still never ceases to amaze how easily politicians can speak out of both sides of their mouths.

  • Access delayed is accountability denied

    More and more it seems the only way to get information from the federal government is to file Access to Information Requests. They are often the only way you get any information that is really meaningful from the government.

  • Inky marked for rebel cause

    Conservative MP Inky Mark’s resignation from Parliament was inevitable in many ways.

  • In Churchill they trust

    If a Manitoba politician wants to go somewhere fun but still stay within the borders of the keystone province, nine times out of 10 they seem to head to Churchill.

  • Census questions

    If anyone interested in the census debate dominating Parliament Hill this summer wants to see what kind of questions are involved here are the links.

  • Understanding the new GG

    Harper’s director of communications, Dimitri Soudas, sent a missive over the weekend explaining how David Johnston was chosen as our new governor general. There will certainly be critics of the plan, and not everyone is going to like Johnston in the role, or think he is non-partisan. But the way he was selected is certainly better than using one’s need to open up a seat for a star candidate.

  • So much for summer slowdown

    The heat is on in Ottawa and it’s not just because of this scorching heat wave.

  • Dear old Dad

    This Sunday is Father's Day.

  • Oops. They did what?

    The federal government is now saying the fake lake being built in the Toronto media centre for the G8/G20 summits really only costs $57,000.

  • Is there truly not a better way?

    The disruptions caused by the G8/G20 summits planned for Muskoka and Toronto are numerous. Basically the heart of downtown Toronto will be in lock-down mode from June 25-27.

  • A proof is a proof

    If anyone needed any proof as to why Members of Parliament should be required to make more details of their annual expenses public, here you go.

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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