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Let's hope these are not metaphors
It doesn't bode well for the budget if symbolic photo ops have anything to do with reality.
First, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had to return his new $141.09 black budget shoes because they proved to be too tight.
The shoes were supposed to be a symbol of consumer spending to help the Canadian economy.
This morning Prime Minister Stephen Harper had a quiet photo op at a house being renovated hoping to give some good pictures for one of the more interesting aspects to the budget - the homeowners renovation tax credit.
Harper toured the house, spoke with the homeowners and then tried his hand at using a nail gun.
But he couldn't get it to work. The construction worker had to take it back and set it up again and Harper did get it to fire on the second try.
I can only hope that shoes that are too tight and a nail gun not firing are not metaphors for whether or not this budget is going to work.
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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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