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

First, in Winnipeg South Centre, the Conservative nomination played out Thursday and the win goes to Air Canada pilot Raymond Hall.

Hall, also a Winnipeg lawyer, defeated downtown developer and advocate Hart Mallin.

It was a bit of a surprise to some I spoke with, who felt Mallin had the advantage because he was the better known of the two. In fact one Conservative said they’d never even heard of Hall before the race.

The Conservatives in Manitoba would like nothing better than to finally win Winnipeg South Centre, which has been a Liberal stronghold for three decades now.

Hall will face off against longtime Liberal MP Anita Neville.

The Liberals meanwhile have acclaimed Raymond Simard to carry the party banner again in Saint Boniface. Simard was the MP for the riding from 2002 until he was defeated in 2008 by Conservative Shelly Glover.

Finally, the Liberals have scored a pretty big name to run for them in Churchill: Sydney Garrioch, the grand chief of the Manitoba Keewatinook Ininew Okimowin (the northern chiefs association).

In a riding with the largest native population of any riding in Canada, running an aboriginal candidate with the experience and name recognition of Sydney Garrioch has to make the Liberals pretty happy.

They lost the seat in 2008 to NDP Niki Ashton.

Garrioch hasn’t been nominated yet, however, He’s currently the only declared candidate and the nomination will take place July 18.

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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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