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Jack Layton unleashed his shadow cabinet today in preparation for the house resuming tomorrow and Manitoba MPs are apparently one-big happy Treasury Board family.

Vic Toews is still the treasury board minister. Last week Liberal-dead-leader-walking Stephanie Dion put Anita Neville in charge of critiquing Toews as the Treasury Board critic for her party. And this morning Layton added Pat Martin to the pile, as the NDP critic for treasury board. (Pre-election Neville was the critic for aboriginal affairs and Martin was the critic for ethics/privacy and the wheat board, the latter of which is also still part of his current job).

Anyone want to put odds on whether Neville and Martin hold joint anti-Toews newsers?

Judy Wasylycia-Leis is the NDP’s health critic. Newcomers Niki Ashton and Jim Maloway got youth/rural development and science and technology respectively.

Maloway, Ashton, and incoming Conservatives Shelly Glover and Candice Hoeppner will get their first ride at the rodeo tomorrow when Parliament resumes with the election of the speaker. It’s going to be a gong-show of a day so I hope they all remember to wear comfortable shoes.

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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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