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Kicking it old school

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Are you bored of the federal election? Do the non-stop bickering, mudslinging and "I can scare voters more than you can" routines drive you batty? Want to have some fun with federal politics?

Take a load off and check out the party leaders in their yester-years.

The made-in-Winnipeg site www.vintagevoter.ca was launched Monday and thanks to a mention in a national media blog, its creators woke up Tuesday morning to find over 110,000 people had already popped by for a look at "Steve" Harper and a photo of Gilles Duceppe that is so much better than the often used hair covering picture you have to see it to believe it.

The sites creators just wanted to add some fun and liven up the election and generate some interest at the same time.

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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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