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It still never ceases to amaze how easily politicians can speak out of both sides of their mouths.

The debate over the gun registry has been over the edge for weeks now with both sides claiming facts that they cannot possibly back up, a majority of Canadians as supporters (which neither side has) and the higher moral ground.

Liberal House Leader David McGuinty – new to the job after Michael Ignatieff shuffled his shadow cabinet last week – this morning accused the Conservatives of Republican style divide-and-conquer politics and said they are using the gun registry to try and pick off eight to 10 more ridings.

Um. David. If that is wrong, then what is this?

The Liberals are trying to use their pro-gun registry stance to pull in voters in urban NDP ridings.

Manitoba MP Candice Hoeppner is targeting Liberal and NDP MPs who initially voted with her bill to kill the gun registry but who have either now changed their vote or are being urged to do so. The Liberals are targeting NDP MPs who voted to keep the registry not the ones that voted to kill it.

That is a purely political move if I ever saw one.

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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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