February 27, 2009

PrimeTime Politics Weekend

February 27, 2009

Host Martin Stringer examines the week’s political highlights. First, he sits down with retired colonel Michel Drapeau to discuss the political implications of a Russian bomber that came close to entering Canadian airspace. The incident occurred one day before a visit to Canada by United States President Barack Obama.

Afterwards, Martin speaks with Don Stuart (a criminal law professor at Queen’s University) about new anti-crime initiatives proposed by the government.

In excerpts from Question Period, MPs comment on a $3-billion economic stimulus fund introduced by the government.

Journalists Mia Rabson and Susan Lunn join Martin in the studio to analyze the week’s political developments.

At a press conference in Saskatoon, Sask., Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces new federal infrastructure project funding for Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall comments on the funding.

In Ottawa, Peter MacKay (Minister of National Defence) and General Gene Renuart (commander of NORAD and USNORTHCOM), discuss Canada–U.S. military relations.

At the 2009 annual general meeting of the Conference of Defence Associations, Mr. MacKay and General Walter Natynczyk (Chief of the Defence Staff) speak about a new defence strategy for the Canadian Forces.


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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.