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Please don’t drink and drive

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Please don’t drink and drive

If you think Canada you probably think a maple leaf, maybe a beaver or two, a Hudson’s Bay blanket.

 Canada Dry Mott’s has undertaken a campaign to add the Caesar to that list. You can vote online at www.canadasnationalcocktail.ca  to make the Caesar to Canada what the margarita is to Mexico or the Mojito is to Cuba.

 Liberal MP Dominic LeBlanc added his vote Thursday, using a member’s statement in the House of Commons to urge the recognition of the Caesar "as our very own"

."An innovation as Canadian as the goalie mask, the Caesar created some 40 years ago in Calgary by Walter Chell, there are now some 1 million Caesars poured daily in Canada," LeBlanc crowed.

 He used the opportunity to also remind Canadians to drive safely, and congratulated Canada Dry Motts for making a generous donation to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

 It’s a reminder we apparently still need.

CAA Manitoba today released results of a survey that shows even though 98 per cent of Manitobans know it is socially unacceptable to drive drunk, 35 per cent of those surveyed admitted that they drove after drinking at least once in the last year.

 Even more alarming is that one in five people surveyed admitted they were likely over the legal limit when they got behind the wheel at least once in the last year.

 It’s hard not to think those are just the people who were honest enough to admit to it.

 Please enjoy your Caesar’s but please don’t drink and drive.

 

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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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