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  • Committee commotion

    The Public Safety committee was supposed to be debating one by one, the clauses of bill C-391 today. That’s Manitoba MP Candice Hoeppner’s bill to eliminate the gun registry on unrestricted long guns.

  • Politics vs. governing

    This is the story causing the most tongues to wag in Ottawa today.

  • Martin 1 Liberals 0

    Manitoba NDP MP Pat Martin almost caused an opposition leader coup today.

  • Pet-tea politics

    With a shout out to the Globe and Mail’s Jane Taber, whose blog brought to my attention to the fact a Manitoba MP has been outed as the reason a West Block committee room is often short of green tea bags.

  • MPs shun public scrutiny of themselves

    With less than five clicks of my mouse I can tell you that between Dec. 2, 2009 and March 1, 2010, Manitoba regional minister Vic Toews spent $764.51 entertaining guests and $12,878.62 on travel. The latter includes a $3,601.87 airfare to Vancouver and $6,971.63 for a six-day trip to Jordan and Israel in January.

  • Stranger than fiction

    When one spends the morning pondering the sacrifices of First World War veterans during a ceremony marking Vimy Ridge Day, there is much time for reflection.

  • Another day, another poll

    The latest EKOS poll out today would have one believe Michael Ignatieff and his Liberals are surging ahead in the prairies.

  • Yes Virginia. They can get along. Sometimes.

    MPs from all political parties proved today they can actually put partisanship aside and stand in solidarity with one of their own. They are almost all wearing blue ties or scarves in recognition of Prostate Cancer Canada and NDP leader Jack Layton, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December and is currently undergoing treatment.
  • The flyers are gone

    Ding dong, the flyers are gone.
  • Ding dong, the flyers are gone

    Gone are the days of Canadians receiving taxpayer funded, partisan flyers from MPs they’ve never heard of who represent ridings thousands of miles away.

  • The $10 million question

    It will be interesting to see what happens now that the House of Commons voted in favour of the motion to get rid of 10 percenters.

  • Political posturing

    Former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer – husband to current Status of Women Minister Helena Guergis – was fined $500 today for the incident stemming from last fall when he was clocked driving 93 km/h in a 50 km/h zone outside Toronto.

  • Updated: Still looking for signs of efficiency

    Treasury Board President Stockwell Day this morning announced 265 government-in-council positions are being eliminated to save money and “operate with maximum efficiency.”

  • Poll results may vary

    I always scoff a little bit when I hear a politician dismiss poll results by saying the only one that counts is the poll on election day.

  • Bad behaviour unbecoming

    I have to admit when I hear one party demand the resignation of a member of another party I usually tune it out.

  • Bears vs. Beer

    I just received a call from a radio station in Saskatchewan wanting to talk about why their Olympic pavilion rocks and Manitoba’s is so lame.

  • Bruinooge apologizes

    Manitoba Conservative MP Rod Bruinooge apologized to NDP MP Pat Martin for saying Martin had no business introducing a private members’ bill to exonerate Louis Riel when Métis leaders themselves didn’t agree on whether Riel should be exonerated.

  • Pavilion PR

    A couple of weeks before the Olympics began I heard through the Ottawa grapevine that the Manitoba pavilion in Vancouver was the laughing stock of the federal Department of Culture. Apparently some federal Culture bureaucrats thought it was the worst of the pavilions, and was so far from being completed the running joke was Manitoba was going to be demonstrating how to build a pavilion during the Olympics. I was assured by the province things were on track, and they were right. The building opened as scheduled when the Olympics began. It also won a sustainability award from VANOC.

  • Sportsmanship not lost

    Apparently nothing brings out whiners and weenies like an Olympics. I expect Australia’s Dale Begg-Smith’s name to become synonymous with both at least as far as his former country of Canada is concerned.

  • Mortgage trends

    Finance Minister Jim Flaherty this morning announced some stricter rules for Canadians to get mortgages.

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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