Host Martin Stringer sits down with Omar Samad, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Canada, to discuss proposed legislation in Afghanistan that would restrict the rights of Shia women.
Carleton University’s Fen Hampson joins Martin in the studio to speak about expectations for a NATO meeting in Strasbourg, France, scheduled for April 4, 2009.
Following this, Martin discusses the week’s political developments with journalists Elizabeth Thompson and Joël-Denis Bellavance. Topics of discussion include the possible abolishment of the federal long-gun registry and the public inquiry into alleged business dealings between former prime minister Brian Mulroney and businessman Karlheinz Schreiber.
Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon speaks with reporters ahead of the NATO meeting in Strasbourg.
In a press conference, Yavar Hameed (the lawyer for Abousfian Abdelrazik) announces that Mr. Abdelrazik (a Canadian citizen stranded in Sudan) has been denied an emergency passport after being deemed a national security risk by Lawrence Cannon. NDP MP Paul Dewar also speaks at the conference, condemning Mr. Cannon’s decision regarding Mr. Abdelrazik.
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.