Host Martin Stringer looks at the week in federal politics, including anticipation of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Canada.
First, Martin sits down with Thomas D’Aquino (president of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives) to discuss his expectations for Mr. Obama’s first foreign visit and his first meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, scheduled for February 19, 2009. Mr. D’Aquino also comments on the Canadian economy, including concerns about the possible effects of proposed “Buy American” protectionist legislation included in a U.S. economic bailout package.
Afterwards, journalists Louise Elliott and John Geddes join Martin in the studio to analyze the week’s political developments.
In a press conference, Stephen Harper and Christian Paradis (Minister of Public Works and Government Services) announce a $330-million contract awarded to CAE to build flight simulators for the Canadian Forces. Following this, Mr. Harper fields questions from the media.
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.