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Wanted: Elections boss with no pride

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I know the Tories love to hold up committee meetings with their crazy political theatrics, but it makes no sense for the NDP to ignore those theatrics and hire a new elections boss without the opposition.

It sounds like after the opposition stormed out of last night’s meeting, the NDP just struck their own hiring committee and started the search for Richard Balasko’s successor.

That’s different from normal practice, where all-party committees pick officers of the legislature.

I would NOT want to be the new guy. It would be like starting a new job and knowing a third of your bosses already think you are a second-rate, brown-nosing weakling .

That poor sucker will spend the rest of his career in Manitoba getting nothing but grief from the Tories and the Liberals. Every time he docks the opposition for an election law violation or rejigs the electoral boundaries, he’ll get called a shill for the NDP who is secretly rigging elections.

It can’t work. The NDP needs to find a way to get the process back on track.
 

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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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