May 30, 2008

Host Martin Stringer reviews the week’s headlines.

Martin discusses pressing political issues with a video panel of MPs featuring Deepak Obhrai (parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs), Keith Martin (Liberal), and Paul Dewar (NDP).

Stephen Poloz, chief economist with Export Development Canada, discusses the state of the Canadian economy in light of the economic slowdown in the United States. What should Canadians expect over the coming months?

Arif Lalani, Canada’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, was in Ottawa to give parliamentarians an update on the situation in Afghanistan and Canada’s mission there. Martin speaks with Mr. Lalani about his observations after his first year in Kabul.

Martin speaks with Phil Fontaine, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, after the second National Action Day on native issues, which was held on May 29, 2008.

Journalists John Geddes and Louise Elliott join Martin in the studio to discuss the week’s news, including the resignation of Foreign Affairs Minister Maxine Bernier.


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Martin Stringer

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.