Host Martin Stringer reviews the week’s headlines, including the passage of the 2009 federal budget in the House of Commons.
Glen Hodgson, a chief economist at the Conference Board of Canada, joins Martin in the studio to analyze Canadian unemployment statistics from the month of February 2009.
Martin then sits down with journalists Susan Lunn and John Ivison to discuss the week’s political developments, including the passing of the budget.
In London, Ont., Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces new job training initiatives in the 2009 federal budget.
In the House of Commons foyer, party House leaders Ralph Goodale (Liberal), Pierre Paquette (Bloc Québécois), and Libby Davies (NDP) speak with reporters about their parties’ opposition to the government’s economic policies.
At the 2009 Manning Networking Conference and Exhibition held in Ottawa, Ont., former Reform Party leader Preston Manning moderates a panel discussion on the regional dimensions of Canadian conservatism. Sitting on the panel are Terence Corcoran (Financial Post), Deborah Gray (former Conservative MP), Karen Selick (National Post), Hugh Segal (Conservative Senator), and David Quist (Institute of Marriage and Family 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.