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If you want a bit of a taste of how high the rhetoric and emotions are running in Ottawa right now you must only witness the segment of CBC’s Power and Politics show Tuesday night between two Manitoba MPs. Conservative Candice Hoeppner and NDP Pat Martin. Liberal Ralph Goodale was there too but could hardly get a word in as the two ‘Tobans duked it out.
Some Conservatives tried to suggest the exchange was sexist with Martin bullying a female MP.
Which sent Martin off all over again today.
"That's ridiculous. It would be sexist to let her get away with her slanderous lies and give her deferential treatment just because she's a woman. I'm completely gender blind in denouncing conservative sleaze. She's actually a very capable and sophisticated back room political strategist. Chair of Harper's leadership campaign...don't anyone believe she's a naïve rookie."
I’ll leave it to readers (and viewers) to decide who, if anyone, was in the right or wrong. But I’d not hesitate to suggest this will not be the last exchange of this type we witness in the coming months. I suspect the attack ads so far are just getting us warmed up.
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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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