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If I asked you to name two of the top issues Manitoba MPs should be most concerned about what would you say?
I am told that in fact Niki Ashton, Jim Maloway and Inky Mark have been assigned to be associate members of committees. Associate members can ask questions but they don't get to vote unless they have been asked to step in to replace one of the full members who is absent. But it's important to note that there are several dozen associate members of committees.
There are a number of Manitoba MPs who are associate members of both agriculture and aboriginal affiars, but I maintain, without at least one MP from Manitoba with a full deal meal ticket on either of those committees, the Keystone province isn't getting the influence and input it should in those areas.
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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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