March 27, 2009

Host Martin Stringer speaks with Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan about proposed restrictions to the so-called “two-for-one” credit system for prison sentences. This compensation system “credits” time spent in pre-trial custody to an inmate’s post-trial sentence. Mr. Van Loan also comments on key Canada–United States border security issues.

Following this, journalists Louise Elliott and Don Martin join Martin Stringer in the studio to discuss the week’s political developments. Topics of discussion include the Liberal Party’s claim that it has put the federal government on “probation” over its economic stimulus plan.

In the White House, United States President Barack Obama discusses a new strategy for the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan and a new U.S. policy toward Pakistan.


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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.