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My mouthy NDP MP might want to take a break from the chaos of his federal ethics committee and do some quickie polling to make sure he's still going to win his Winnipeg Centre seat by a bajillion votes. The federal Tories dropped another ten-percenter in my mailbox last night - this one from Saskatchewan MP Garry Breitkreuz.Do the Tories know something we don't know? Is Pat's 7,000 vote margin of victory shrinking? I've heard Winnipeg South Centre Grit MP Anita Neville complain bitterly about the ten-percenters dumped into her riding, one the Tories could conceivably win. But Winnipeg Centre? Tell that to Stanley Knowles.That's the second Tory flyer I've had in two weeks. Curtis Brown wrote about the first one from a Vancouver Island MP late last month. This latest flyer was about drug addicts and how our playgrounds are littered with needles and drug dealers are prowling schoolyards looking to hook kids on the junk. It's all a bit melodramatic, and the American-style over-sell trivializes a complex problem. Plus, it kind of gets up my nose that some MP from small-town Saskatchewan or idyllic Vancouver Island is trying to talk tough about drugs in a riding he's probably never been to and that has genuine problems that deserve a little more thought than a scare-tactic photo of a dirty needle under the baby swings.

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About Mary Agnes Welch

Mary Agnes Welch joined the Free Press in 2002, first covering city hall and then the Manitoba legislature before moving to her current post as public policy reporter. Before Winnipeg, she worked at the Windsor Star and the Odessa American, a small daily newspaper in West Texas. There, in addition to covering more than 20 counties, she took high school football scores from coaches all over West Texas by phone every Friday night.

Mary Agnes is a graduate of Columbia University’s journalism school. She has been part of two teams of reporters nominated for a Michener Award. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 she was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in the beat category.

She was a Southam journalism fellow at the University of Toronto’s Massey College in 2012-13, where she studied indigenous issues, urban planning and political science. She is also the former national president of the Canadian Association of Journalists and has served on several boards.

She once misspelled "Shih Tzu" in the paper and received 37 emails from angry dog-owners.

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