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Harper hides Winnipeg North visit
Most politicians never met a publicity opportunity they didn’t love.
So it’s always a little eyebrow raising when politicians hold events that aren’t publicized. We get a notice from the Prime Minister’s Office every afternoon about Stephen Harper’s planned events for the following day.
Yesterday’s notice, sent around 4:30 p.m. ET, noted Harper would be in Winnipeg today for a roundtable at Muddruckers in Charleswood. After that, he and Laureen Harper will be leaving for Korea from Winnipeg.
Photo ops only.
No mention anywhere of a stop in Winnipeg North.
But knowing he was in the city, I asked one of his aides if he would be going to Winnipeg North. The aide answered the question I asked about the topic of the roundtable but ignored completely the question about Winnipeg North.
Turns out Harper was probably already in the riding when the aide responded to my email.
A video of his stop was emailed to the Pundits Guide (www.punditsguide.ca) this morning -- you can see the video below.
But the visit was kept quiet and it doesn’t appear that any local media picked it up.
When you’re trying to win an election it is a little bizarre not to want media attention. Granted it is a byelection, which is more local than a general election. But campaigning under the radar is still kind of strange to me.
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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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