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A Conservative from Manitoba told the Free Press Wednesday that finding someone willing to run for the party leadership won’t be easy because they don’t want to become the next target for NDP campaign chair Michael Balagus.
On election night, the NDP were going around talking about the fairness of winning 63 per cent of the seats with 46 per cent of the vote because it’s how the first past the post system works.
Ironically six months ago, it was the federal Conservatives who benefitted from a years-long smear campaign against Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff. Before the election, the federal NDP spent many a moment complaining about the unfairness of first past the post.
The irritating problem with this is that it simply ingrains in voters the idea that politicians are all the same and it doesn’t matter who gets elected because they all behave the same way anyway.
I’d be willing to bet that the same Conservatives provincially who complain about the NDP hack job on McFadyen were quite fine with the federal attacks on Ignatieff. And I’d be willing to bet the same NDPers who complain about the federal first past the post, haven’t been so unhappy with how that system works for them in Manitoba.
Hypocrisy in politics is one of the worst offences because of its serious impact on civic engagement.
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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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