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Manitoba NDP MP Pat Martin almost caused an opposition leader coup today.
This afternoon in the House of Commons, he realized there wasn’t a single Liberal MP in the chamber and decided to make a point of it by asking if there was unanimous consent to make NDP Leader Jack Layton the leader of the opposition for a week.
He says it almost worked because he managed to quickly bring the Conservatives in on his plan. Except for one who hadn’t been briefed on the joke and said no, killing the plan outright.
"Then a bunch of Liberals came flying into the house looking frantic," said Martin.
Considering next week is a break week for Parliament, Layton’s week in the opposition leader’s shoes wouldn’t have amounted to much.
But maybe the Liberal whip could try harder from now on to make sure at least one Liberal MP is in the House at all times? Please. It seems like so little to ask.
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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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