Host Martin Stringer reviews the week in federal politics, including accusations of caregiver abuse launched against Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla and her family.
Martin sits down with Glen Hodgson (the senior vice-president of the Conference Board of Canada) to discuss Canada’s economic outlook.
Following this, Martin is joined in the studio by journalists Susan Lunn (CBC Radio) and Elizabeth Thompson (Sun Media) for an analysis of the week’s major news stories, including demands made by opposition parties for changes to the Employment Insurance system.
In Toronto, Ont., Ruby Dhalla and her lawyer react to allegations of abuse being levelled against the Dhalla family. Following this, Agatha Mason and Marilyn Oladimeiji, representatives from the INTERCEDE domestic worker’s aid agency, comment on these allegations.
At the Canadian Club of Hamilton, Ont., Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivers a speech about developments in the Canadian economy.
Also on the program, CPAC’s Mark Miller visits British Columbia to examine key issues and to meet candidates vying to form the provincial government in the May 12, 2009, election.
The candidates include provincial party leaders Gordon Campbell (Liberal), Carole James (New Democratic Party), and Jane Sterk (Green Party). Citizens will also be voting on May 12th on proposed changes to the provincial electoral system.
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.