Host Martin Stringer speaks with Mike Savage (Liberal Employment Insurance critic) and Joe Comartin (NDP deputy House leader) about proposed reforms to the E.I. system, including extended benefits for so-called “long-tenured” workers.
Journalists John Geddes and John Ivison join Martin in the studio to discuss the week’s political developments. Topics of discussion include the government’s survival after a confidence vote in their favour, thereby avoiding a fall election and allowing the implementation of measures in the 2009 federal budget.
On Parliament Hill, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, NDP leader Jack Layton, NDP deputy leader Thomas Mulcair, Liberal MP Denis Coderre, and NDP MP Bruce Hyer speak with reporters following the confidence vote.
The House of Commons Committee on Justice and Human Rights considers Bill S-4, which proposes amendments the Criminal Code concerning identity theft and related misconduct. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson appears before the committee, alongside Joanna Klineberg and Marke Kilkie from the Department of Justice. The witnesses are then questioned by committee members.
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.