Host Martin Stringer reviews the week’s headlines.
Martin speaks with Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro and Liberal MP Martha Hall-Findlay about the week’s events.
Journalists David Akin (CanWest News Service) and Susan Lunn (CBC Radio) join Martin in the studio to analyze major news stories, including complaints over Conservative MPs’ and ministers’ use of the Conservative Party logo or their own signatures on cheques used when announcing government projects in their ridings.
In Ottawa, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson speaks about the passage of his bill C-25, which eliminates the so-called “two-for-one” credit for convicted criminals for time served before sentencing, and his upcoming crime legislation.
Liberal Party leader Michael Igantieff addresses the Construction Trades Council in Ottawa and later speaks with reporters.
In Brampton, Ont., Finance Minister Jim Flaherty addresses the Brampton Board of Trade.
Also on the program, Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl appears before the Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, where he discusses Northern economic development.
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.