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Finance Minister Jim Flaherty trekked across the bridge to Gatineau this morning to buy his new budget shoes.

As I predicted here in this blog he went with new shoes this year rather than resole old shoes as he did as the symbolism for last year's budget.

The black work shoes cost him $141.09 with tax.

I'd suggest he went to Gatineau because he could actually take the bus there, showing his government's commitment to public transit as well but I'm sure he was driven thereir by his chauffeur. (And yes that is a sign that I am growing increasingly weary and bitter about the 48-day old Ottawa bus strike).

Interestingly, Flaherty wouldn't say a peep about what was in his budget. He's leaving the leaks up to his cabinet colleagues who in the past four days have collectively announced over $10 billion in fiscal stimuli for infrastructure, agriculture, forestry, and housing.

If the fiscal facts released in the last few days are correct that should leave about $10 billion for Flaherty to announce tomorrow. Assuming we make it to the end of the day without any more leaks of course.

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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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