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  • 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.

  • Tobacco and bubble gum don’t mix

    A few years ago, now former Manitoba NDP Judy Wasylycia-Leis introduced a private members bill to go after flavoured mini-cigars. These products were often wrapped in bright colours, flavoured to make the cigars taste like bubble gum, fruit or chocolate, and were pretty popular with teenagers.

  • Growing support in 'Toba town

    Paul Dewar may not be from Manitoba but his list of endorsements from Manitoba’s NDP keeps growing.

  • Unparliamentary language

    Question Period in Ottawa is seldom the kind of civilized debate one might expect from their elected officials. But today was one of the worst days in recent memory with one MP (Justin Trudeau) shouting an obscenity at a cabinet minister (Peter Kent) and said cabinet minister issuing the most graceless response he possibly could have when Trudeau later stood to apologize.

  • Reprehensible but not unparliamentary

    House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer ruled today tactics by his own party to spread false rumours about the resignation of Liberal MP Irwin Cotler were “reprehensible.”

  • Hillyer sticks to his 'guns'

    An Alberta Conservative MP said today he did not mean to offend anyone when he turned his hands into guns and pretended to shoot them several times during a House of Commons vote to eliminate the gun registry last month.

  • It’s right there, as wrong, in black and white

    Yesterday I wrote in my column that tactics by the Conservative Party in the Montreal riding of Liberal MP Irwin Cotler were akin to bullying.

  • Manitoba one of the biggest losers under Liberal plan

    The federal government is in the midst of pushing through legislation to increase the number of seats in the House of Commons to even out the distribution of seats in the wake of uneven population growth. Ontario, B.C. and Alberta have fewer seats in the house than they should have by population, while the rest of the provinces have more.

  • The fountain of youth

    Manitoba NDP MP Niki Ashton has taken a beating since announcing her intentions to run for the NDP leadership. People commenting on websites of this newspaper and others have spared Ashton few barbs with criticism she is too young and too inexperienced for the job. No doubt my mentioning her in this blog will result in another whack of such comments.

  • Safe enough for Selinger

    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.

  • Hypocrisy lives

    A Conservative from Manitoba told the Free Press Wednesday that finding someone willing to run for the party leadership won’t be easy because they don’t want to become the next target for NDP campaign chair Michael Balagus.

  • The mystery of the bronze statuette

    When you were young did you ever steal something and later regret it?

  • Money Money Money

    Canada’s new plastic money is coming!

  • The empty chair

    Today was the day Jack Layton was supposed to return to his job as NDP leader and official opposition leader. Instead his chair in the centre of the House of Commons remains empty.

  • Famine donation deadline approaches

    Canada and its international aid organizations are asking Canadians to dig deep to help aid people in East Africa as the worst famine in six decades continues to take its terrible toll.

  • Election ad watch

    Perusing the ads released by the NDP, PCs and Liberals so far in this campaign one realizes something: It’s entirely possible whomever is behind the NDP and PC ads may have gone to the same school for political ad making.
  • Good deeds rock

    There was a story here in Ottawa this week that made everybody cringe. A young couple had their apartment broken into while they were visiting their critically-ill newborn daughter at the hospital. The thieves took everything of value and even trashed the baby’s room. The room the baby had never yet slept in.

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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