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Cops on the hill
Saint Boniface MP Shelly Glover is going to chair a new Conservative Law Enforcement Officers’ Caucus.
Glover is on leave from the Winnipeg Police Service and is the first female police officer ever elected to parliament. She was elected last October for the first time.
She will chair the new group which counts four members total – Rob Clarke from Saskatchewan and Dave Mackenzie and Rick Norlock from Ontario.
"We are the only party that has elected police officers," Glover said today.
Clarke is an 18 year veteran of the RCMP in Saskatchewan, Mackenzie was the chief of police in Woodstock, Ont. and Norlock was an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police for 30 years. Glover was with the WPS for almost 19 years in a variety of positions.
She said police officers who have worked on the front lines of the justice system are in a great position to influence the government to make reforms to the system that actually work.
Glover said the group will be a liaison between police officers and the prime ministers’ office and the justice minister, to ensure the voices of people who really know what the situation is like, and what is needed, have their voices heard.
She specifically mentioned the Youth Criminal Justice Act as one area that needs a lot of improvement and would benefit from the knowledge of people who have dealt first hand with kids who break the law.
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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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