Host Martin Stringer reports on fallout from the prorogation of Parliament. The parliamentary session will resume on January 26, 2009.
In remarks at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, Prime Minister Stephen Harper recognizes the deaths of three Canadian soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.
In the studio, Martin sits down with Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan to discuss the suspension of Parliament and what to expect upon its return in January 2009.
Following this, Martin speaks with Liberal leadership candidate Bob Rae, with discussion focusing on the prorogation of Parliament, the ongoing federal Liberal leadership race, and the future of the proposed Liberal–NDP coalition. Prior to the prorogation of Parliament on December 4th, opposition parties vowed to defeat the government and form a coalition between the Liberals and the NDP, supported by the Bloc Québécois. The non-confidence vote had been scheduled to take place on December 8th.
Later on the program, Martin is joined by journalists Louise Elliott, John Geddes, and Mia Rabson to analyze the week’s political highlights.
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.