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Safe enough for Selinger

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Last weekend Air Canada shocked the heck out of a lot of people when the corporation suddenly decided the Radisson Hotel in downtown Winnipeg was no longer safe enough for its pilots.

No matter that the pilots themselves don't seem to have complained and the only incident Air Canada could point to was some flight attendants having things stolen from in front of the hotel. (Which kind of begs the question why someone would leave their belongings out of their sight in any major city. . .)

Air Canada said it had done a safety audit with the Winnipeg Police. Winnipeg Police said it wasn't done yet.

Air Canada said it wasn't meaning to be racist or offend any particular group but it's reason for leaving was the presence of 1,000 people displaced from rural Manitoba, which anyone knows refers to residents of First nations forced to live in hotel rooms for months because their own homes were destroyed by the floods last spring.

Yes, compassion is Air Canada's middle name.

Apparently, however, the Radisson isn't such a scary place after all.

Premier Greg Selinger spent Tuesday evening watching the election returns from a room in the Radisson.

What a shock. He survived.

The plan to use the hotel came before Air Canada's kerfuffle. The NDP headquarters are right next door.

But it's still a bit of a vote of confidence from the premier - inadvertent or not - that downtown Winnipeg is not the big bad scary place to be Air Canada has claimed.

If it's safe enough for a premier, I'm pretty sure it's safe enough for the pilots.

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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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