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Even the PM has to get in line and drink cheap wine

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I was complaining to a colleague today about the vast expense of holding these major meetings of first ministers for little, if any, actual outcome.

But at least there is one sign the government is trying to keep the costs down.

Tonight's dinner with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the premiers and aboriginal leaders is a serve-yourself buffet style event.

This was an email from Harper's director of communications, Kory Teneycke:

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Here is the menu for the FMM dinner tonight.  The Prime Minister and the Premiers will be serving themselves at the buffet.  Note that the wine is a modest $22 per bottle.

Kory Teneycke
Director of Communication
Office of the Prime Minister
 
Proposed Menu for January 15, 2009 Meeting of First Ministers and National Aboriginal Leaders

Dinner Menu for First Ministers              $25.95/person

Alberta sirloin or beef, carved coq au vin, and vegetarian lasagna
Roasted parisienne potatoes
Seasonal vegetables
Vegetable tray
Domestic cheese tray
Garden salad
Marinated vegetables
Macaroni salad
Buns and butter
Antipasto tray
Assorted cakes and mousses
Fruit tray
Tea and coffee

Wine                                                              $22.00/bottle

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And apparently the dozens and dozens and dozens of staff who accompanied the premiers to Ottawa have to feast on a cheaper menu for $19.95.

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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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