The Capital Chronicles

with Mia Rabson

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  • Miscellaneous head turners

    Two things grabbed my attention today.

  • Gauntlet down. Nominations on.

    Michael Ignatieff threw down the gauntlet Monday.

  • Diplomacy and access

    Many people in the last two days have thought about what they know of Gary Doer.

  • A taxing reality

    Working on stories about the harmonized sales tax of late has led me to discover a number of interesting features of our tax system.

  • Our national treasure

    I am almost always a little emotional at events honouring veterans. Saturday’s unveiling of the memorial wall for the battle of Hong Kong was no different.

  • Duffy Objection

    On Monday I wrote in my column about the Winnipeg-based Mars Hill Group landing a contract with the federal Conservatives to make personalized videos.

  • Election aromas

    There are a number of noteworthy nominations from the federal political parties to mention.

  • When in Rome

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper's trip to Italy on Friday included a meet and greet with 80 Canadian high school students studying in Italy this summer.

  • Patiently Patriotic

    In honour of Canada Day I thought I’d share a fun fact I just learned about our flag: Canadians can actually get a free Canadian flag that has been flown on Parliament Hill.
  • Talking heads

    After the last minute deal between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, Parliament rose today for its summer break.

  • Glover in goal

    I may get into some trouble from other Manitobans who I didn’t notice on the field but just thought a quick shout out should go to Saint Boniface MP Shelly Glover for holding her own in a soccer match on the lawn of Parliament Hill Monday night.

  • Polls polls everywhere

    Apparently I missed the memo that this was supposed to be poll week.
  • Co-operation is underrated

    As I’ve written about here before, if you’re not a cabinet minister, your chances of successfully getting a new law introduced and passed are pretty low.

  • Cops on the hill

    Saint Boniface MP Shelly Glover is going to chair a new Conservative Law Enforcement Officers’ Caucus.
  • Please Mr. Harper. We want to hear.

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper came to Winnipeg yesterday. But unless you work at the virology lab or bought a ticket to attend a private dinner for the Frontier Centre, you would have had absolutely no chance to hear from him.
  • A few more minutes on the museum

    A couple of additional notes about the Canadian Museum for Human Rights article that appeared in the paper on Saturday.

  • Partying on the Hill

    I am a little behind the (Hill) Times on this one since the survey was actually published about a month ago.

  • Conventions no longer conventional

    The Liberals are gathered in Vancouver this weekend to celebrate their Liberal-ness, anoint Michael Ignatieff their king, and no doubt, spend countless hours remembering and laughing at the gaffes of their opponents.
  • Don’t hit the panic button

    There is a lot of debate right now about whether public health officials and the media are going overboard on the swine flu.
  • A rare passing

    Winnipeg MP Joy Smith was practically beaming today as she stood up in the house to vote in favour of her private members’ bill to set a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for a conviction of human trafficking of a child.

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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