Host Martin Stringer reviews the week’s headlines, including concerns among federal opposition parties regarding the alleged abuse of Afghan detainees transferred from Canadian soldiers to Afghan authorities. Chief of Defence Staff General Rick Hillier is shown responding to these concerns.
Later, a panel of MPs joins Martin in the studio to speak about Afghan detainee transfers and the effectiveness of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan. Sitting on the panel are MPs Dean Allison (Conservative), Karen Redman (Liberal), Richard Nadeau (Bloc Québécois), and Dawn Black (NDP).
Martin then sits down with journalists John Geddes and Susan Lunn to discuss the political implications of Canada’s military presence in Afghanistan. Mr. Geddes and Ms. Lunn also comment on their expectations for the 2008 federal budget, to be presented in the spring.
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.