The Capital Chronicles

with Mia Rabson

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  • Too many cooks

    The situation with the Lake St. Martin First Nation is quite sad.

  • Royally engaged? There’s an app for that

    Prince William and his bride, Kate, may not be stopping in to Manitoba on their Canadian tour but you can follow their journey online and on your iphone and other mobile devices

  • Senate shenanigans

    Manitoba NDP MP Pat Martin is trying to embarrass the Conservatives into voting in favour of funding the Senate.

  • A whole new world

    Newly elected speaker Andrew Scheer proved he wasn’t all talk about improving decorum during the first “real” question period of the new Parliament.

  • A new majority order

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not choke on hashbrowns this morning. He was not rushed to a Toronto hospital.

  • Speak up

    Members of Parliament are electing their new speaker today. This will be the first new speaker in a decade after the retirement of Peter Milliken, who served from 2001 until just before this last election. He did not run again.

  • Attention seeking

    The Liberals likely got a real taste of what it's like to be the third party in Parliament today.

  • Harper's wild side

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper had the most to smile about this morning as he woke up as the head of a majority government.

  • OOPS of the night

    Everyone and their dog have reported all day that we cannot tweet, report, breathe or send by carrier pigeon the election results until the polls have closed in British Columbia.

  • If a leader fell in your forest, would you change your vote?

    The federal parties put a lot of time and energy into the leaders’ tours. Not to mention money.

  • Always expect the unexpected

    It's inevitable that a party suddenly surging in the polls is going to get a lot more attention. And some of the things parties can get away with when they're the fourth party in Parliament won't stand up to much scrutiny when they are making a play at least for Stornoway if not 24 Sussex itself.

  • What are you afraid of

    Apathy is Boring (www.apathyisboring.com) launched a new video today to encourage first-time voters to go to the polls. Spread the word.

  • Kicking it old school

    Are you bored of the federal election? Do the non-stop bickering, mudslinging and “I can scare voters more than you can” routines drive you batty? Want to have some fun with federal politics?

  • Putting his gun on the line

    Green party candidate Matthew Friesen in Portage-Lisgar has an interesting blog on his website.

  • Ritz not the only farmer

    On Monday, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture held a debate about agriculture in Ottawa with candidates from the Conservative, Liberal, NDP, Bloc Quebecois and Green Party.

  • If ever the need were more clear

    NDP Leader Jack Layton boldly proclaimed in the English language debates Tuesday that we need proportional representation.

  • Benefit of the doubt

    Manitoba Conservative Shelly Glover got some national attention yesterday after she said Manitoba Liberal Anita Neville has “passed her prime.” Glover made the comment to Winnipeg’s Global television when she was being asked about the fact the Conservatives still do not have a candidate in Winnipeg South Centre.

  • Game on

    When Michael Ignatieff took over as leader of the Liberal Party in 2008 he looked straight into the camera and sent Harper a warning that he wasn't going to do to Ignatieff what Harper and the Conservatives did to Stephane Dion with their attack ads.

  • Libraries and cotton candy

    There was movement last week on several bills with Manitoba roots.

  • Eroding democracy one bad decision at a time

    Immigration Minister Jason Kenney got into hot water last week for blending partisanship and government.

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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