Host Martin Stringer reviews the week’s headlines.
Martin discusses the week’s political developments with a panel of MPs featuring Rick Dykstra (Conservative), Keith Martin (Liberal), Meili Faille (Bloc Québécois), and Tony Martin (NDP). Discussion focuses on the possibility of an early federal election call.
Nanos Research president Nik Nanos joins Martin in the studio to analyze results from a public opinion poll on the strength of Canada’s economy.
Later, Martin sits down with John Williamson (federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation) and Toby Sanger (an economist with the Canadian Union of Public Employees) to discuss expectations for the federal budget to be presented on February 26, 2008.
Martin then reviews key political issues, including the length of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan, with journalists Bill Curry, John Geddes, and Louise Elliott.
Finally, Martin speaks with Willis Flett (Mikisew Cree First Nation councillor) and Aaron Freeman (policy director at Environmental Defence) about the effect that oilsands development has had on the environment and on the health of Albertans.
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.