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This is a little stale, but I got a laugh out of a story we ran Saturday about Justice Minister Dave Chomiak.He stood on the steps of the Legislature and weathered all kinds of jeers from corrections officers protesting the fact that they have been without a contract for eons. It's pretty clear the province is stalling the negotiations - as they often do - so the officers are right to be cheesed off. But you gotta admit Chomiak's got guts to stand there and let 200 burly prison guards call him names.With the story, we ran a photo of Chomiak in the classic pose he adopts so often in the house - head down, shoulders hunched, eyes closed, waiting with deep forbearance for the heckling to stop. It's pure theatrics and it's very effective. I don't know if it worked on the corrections officers - they might be tougher to impress than your average MLA. But in the house Chomiak doesn't start speaking again until the hecklers are totally silent which happens remarkably fast. Works every time.