Host Martin Stringer speaks with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty about the state of the Canadian economy and about plans for the government’s $3-billion economic stimulus fund.
Afterwards, journalists Louise Elliott and John Geddes join Martin in the studio to analyze the week’s political developments, including the Canada–United States Clean Energy Dialogue to develop clean energy supplies.
In Berwick, N.S., Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces a $17.5-million infrastructure fund for a Nova Scotia highway improvement project. Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald also speaks at the event.
At the Toronto Board of Trade, Jim Flaherty discusses provisions in the government’s 2009 Economic Action Plan. Following this, Mr. Flaherty fields questions from reporters about the action plan.
At the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ont., a repatriation ceremony is held for three soldiers killed while on duty in Afghanistan.
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.