Host Martin Stringer reviews the week in federal politics. In Question Period in the House of Commons, MPs respond to an economic stimulus package passed by the United States Congress, which includes protectionist legislation for the U.S. steel industry. The U.S. Senate is considering extending the legislation to all manufactured products.
John Baird (Minister of Transport and Infrastructure) joins Martin in the studio to discuss concerns about the U.S. economic stimulus package and to speak about the 2009 federal budget, which was delivered on January 27th.
Also on the program, Martin sits down with Bill Dymond (from the Centre for Trade Policy and Law at Carleton University) to analyze the potential threat that U.S. protectionist legislation may present to Canadian manufacturing industries.
Later, Martin is joined by journalists Louise Elliott and John Geddes to review the week’s political developments, including expectations for U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Canada.
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.