The Capital Chronicles

with Mia Rabson

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  • Mouthy and not-so-mouthy: how Manitoba MPs stack up

     If there is a race in Ottawa to be the MP with the most to say, Manitoba's Kevin Lamoureux won the silver medal.

  • Two fives will get you 10, but do they melt?

    The Bank of Canada revealed the final two bills of our new "polymer notes" — or plastic money, to use the plain language they taught us about in journalism school.

  • Attack ads are cash cows for all

    Most Canadians who have even a passing interest in federal politics will have heard by now that Justin Trudeau is the new Liberal leader and that the Conservatives released their first anti-Trudeau attack ad less than 24 hours after Trudeau won.

  • NDP quickly closes debate on contentious motion

    A Winnipeg NDPer surprised a lot of people Sunday when just minutes into a debate on the proposal to tone down socialist rhetoric in the statements defining, he moved to call the motion to a vote.

  • Canadians favour proportional represention

    A new environics poll released today by Fair Vote Canada has some interesting results.

  • They're in the money

    In late March, your MPs quietly voted in favour of giving themselves a pay raise.

  • Budget Day from the Finance Minister's point of view

    Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is generally known as one of the more affable members of the federal cabinet.

  • Lemons into lemonade. Or cold hard cash.

    It's a rare politician who can turn a gaffe into a positive.

  • Leafs' fans not welcome

    Okay, Winnipeg.

  • Don't Drop the Haggis

    There are a lot of traditions on Parliament Hill. And sometimes fun and games.

  • No more sports tickets, capiche?

    So remember last year when the Manitoba NDP members were left with egg all over their Jets'-enthusiast faces after it became clear several cabinet ministers had accepted free tickets for  much-coveted Jets' home games?

  • #Ottiwapiskat takes on stereotypes

    The stereotypes of First Nations Canadians which flood newspaper website comment sections, Twitter, my email inbox every time I write a story about First Nations, and very likely, dinner conversations across this country, are rampant.

  • No more cats

    It is the end of an era on Parliament Hill.

  • Sen. Zimmer's wife's acting debut

    Maygan Sensenberger likely didn't expect her first 15 minutes of fame would come as the result of an outburst on an Air Canada flight between Ottawa and Saskatoon.

  • ELA petitions not a sign of discord

    In the last two weeks at least three Conservative MPs have tabled petitions in the House of Commons calling on the government to change its mind about the decision to no longer fund the Experimental Lakes Area.

  • Trudeau and those other people

    With all the attention that lad Trudeau has received since announcing his candidacy for the Liberal leadership Oct. 2, it may have seemed like the campaign has been underway for weeks already.

  • Voting chaos, but don't get too smug

    Many Canadians watched in wide-eyed horror or amusement Tuesday as Americans went to the polls to cast their votes.

  • Language wars

    If Canadians ever needed to wonder why there is animosity between French and English speakers in this country, one need only witness an exchange between NDP MP Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe and Auditor General Michael Ferguson, at the Public Accounts committee of Parliament, last Thursday.

  • Odds and sods from the nation’s capital

    Statistics Canada last week began releasing the findings of the 2011 Census. The first release, population counts, is from the short form census which all of us had to fill out. Information from the controversially voluntary national household survey will not come until next year.

  • A loonie for your thoughts?

    Manitoba NDP MP Pat Martin is going after the penny again.

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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