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Wally takes swipes at Niki
If it weren’t so Mean Girls, this (click here) might be kind of funny. Churchill Tory candidate Wally Daudrich is burning up his bandwidth with some familiar, if bush-league, swipes at NDP MP Niki Ashton.
According to Daudrich, Ashton is a socialist in cahoots with the Chinese, who has no credibility within her caucus because her father, provincial cabinet minister Steve Ashton, isn’t in Ottawa. Oh, and rampant socialism is responsible for the North’s ills.
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Here’s the highlight reel:
"NDP socialism has caused community breakdown in many of our remote areas with a lack of basic services such as clean water and sewer systems. NDP socialism has caused tremendous social issues including substance abuse and violence."
"Wally will work for you, bridging the political lines to understand policies that make sense for the people of our riding. While Niki Ashton has been spending her time working on her dad's failed leadership."
"Niki Ashton can talk, but no one will listen. Ms. Ashton has no relatives in Ottawa."
And, my favourite....
"China and other aggressive countries are working hard at what they want. We need an MP that will protect our jobs and bring new jobs to northern Manitoba. Chinese-educated Niki Ashton is a socialist. She consistently berates industry and capital that would bring investment to our area. Niki would export our jobs to China if she had any power. Thankfully, she is only Jack Layton's back-bench complainer. Niki Ashton is a bench warmer. Niki Ashton has no relatives in Ottawa."
The cherry on top is the picture of Wally with former NDP premier Gary Doer, apparently included without irony.
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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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