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Check out the big Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce ad on the back page of today’s B-section that touts the upcoming State of the Province and State of the City speeches Sam and Doer are delivering in the next little while.

Now check out the prices.

It’s way cheaper to attend Doer’s "state" speech, like Thanksgiving-weekend-in-Grand-Forks cheap. 

Maybe it’s because Doer’s is at Canad Inns Polo Park and Sam’s is at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, which is a bit bigger and more upscale.

Or maybe it’s because Doer usually speaks with almost no notes and barely ever says anything we haven’t heard umpteen times.

Sam at least rolls out the slide projector and some postcards and a bit of news about something.

As cheesy as some of Sam’s "state" speeches have been (remember the one with him on the stool, Dr. Phil-style?)  at least you get your money’s worth.

(Thanks to a cheeky friend for pointing this out.)

Post-script: Sam’s press secretary Brad Salyn just e-mailed to remind me that Sam announced earlier this fall that he’s donating half the profits from the state of the city speech to charities like Siloam Mission. That’s part of the reason why it’s more expensive.

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About Mary Agnes Welch

Mary Agnes Welch joined the Free Press in 2002, first as a general assignment reporter and then covering city hall and 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, has won several Western Ontario Newspaper Awards and has been part of two teams of reporters nominated for a Michener Award. In 2011, she was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in the beat category. She is also the former national president of the Canadian Association of Journalists.

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

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