Host Martin Stringer reviews the week’s headlines.
Martin is joined by MPs Vivian Barbot (Bloc), Yasmin Ratansi (Liberal), Dawn Black (NDP), and Edward Fast (Conservative) for a review of major Canadian political developments. Discussion focuses on a decision by Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe to leave his party and seek leadership of the Parti Québécois. This decision was announced after the resignation of PQ leader André Boisclair.
Peter Van Loan (the minister responsible for democratic reform) joins Martin in the studio to discuss Bill C-56, democratic reform legislation introduced by the Conservative government. If passed, the bill would increase the number of seats in the House of Commons for Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario.
Martin sits down with journalists Daniel Leblanc and Norma Greenaway to review the week’s political news, including democratic reform measures and the Parti Québécois leadership race.
Having covered the Canadian political scene for more than 25 years, Martin is as politically astute as he is savvy. He joined CPAC in 1996 and has covered leadership races, political conventions and federal elections, serving as PrimeTime Politics’ Hill correspondent daily and host of the show’s Friday edition. Martin began his career as a reporter for CBC Radio in Quebec City and also worked for seven years as national and international producer for CBC Radio’s flagship show, As It Happens.