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Brrr... it’s cold in here

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Okay everyone.

You have a cooling-off period.

So cool it.

Whether you agree or not with suspending Parliament, it’s happened. We’re here. So let’s make the best of it.

The Governor General in proroguing parliament, in my humble opinion, is sending a message to every MP who was elected on Oct. 14 that it is high time you dropped the histrionics and the hyperbole, stopped adding insults and injuries, and put aside your partisan blinders.

She’s saying get your act together.

Everyone screwed up here.

Admit  it. Apologize for it. And then stop it.

And to the others of you that would try to use this for your own political gain, I say BUTT OUT. Elizabeth May – this isn’t about you. Sorry but you didn’t get elected. You may think almost a million Canadians voted for you but right now that’s irrelevant.  So stop talking about getting into the Senate.

Jacques Parizeau, climb back into whatever hole you just came out of and put the duct tape back over your mouth.

Hugh McFadyen, please stop trying to use this situation to drag the Ottawa ordeal into the Manitoba Legislature.

We have seven weeks until a federal budget. I think the best Christmas present Canadians could get is peace and quiet from politics, while our leaders try to sort out between them the best way to get Canada through this next year or two of economic insanity.

You’ve all been given the gift of time.

Don’t blow it.

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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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