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Amid the bedlam of last night's delegate selection meeting, there were a couple of neat things. At first, one neat thing was the informality of it all. It was kind of earthy and grassrootsy -- which can degenerate into anarchy pretty fast.
Another surprise was Andrew Swan -- he gave the best speech of the three leadership contenders. He was focused and practical and upbeat and he didn't sweat at all, unlike his campaign kick-off press conference. How did he not pick up a single delegate? The room certainly was Selinger's, who had a gaggle of staffers busy pulling the vote and milling about looking well-organized. But in ridings like Tuxedo and Charleswood that tend to be a bit more conservative, you'd think there would be at least a little love for a more centrist embodiment of the NDP like Swan.
One very not neat thing was the photo-radar flash I saw at Portage and Westwood as I lead-footed it home to file what sketchy results I had before deadline. It will be interesting to see if the delegate selection meetings run more smoothly and swiftly after last night's test run. Or if the next premier has a mandate based only on mass confusion? Already, there are rumblings that the delegate system is unworkable -- imagine counting 1,000 ballots each with 360 names on them? That's what could happen in The Pas.
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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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