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Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not choke on hashbrowns this morning. He was not rushed to a Toronto hospital.
He took his daughter Rachel to school and then went to work.
But if you read the Conservative Party website this morning you'd have thought otherwise.
That's because someone hacked into the site and posted a fake news release.
I might point out that this government (or almost any government, for that matter) would not post such detailed information about an incident so quickly.
I'd also point out that if the prime minister was in the hospital the news likely wouldn't be released in the form of a news release on the party's website.
I'm sure whoever did the hacking thinks they are quite clever.
But much as that ridiculous three periods of fighting some people called a hockey game Monday night was appalling, so is hacking a party website to post false information about the prime minister's health.
Imagine what Rachel or Ben Harper may have felt if a schoolmate saw news of their father's illness and informed them of it at school? They'd both know the Toronto reference wasn't correct but there would still be panic and fear.
-- Mia Rabson
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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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