October 30, 2009

PrimeTime Politics Weekend

October 30, 2009

Host Martin Stringer speaks with Chief Public Health Officer Dr. David Butler-Jones about the federal government’s distribution of the H1N1 “swine flu” virus vaccine.

Journalists Louise Elliott (CBC) and John Ivison (National Post) join Martin in the studio to comment on the week’s major news stories, including Peter Donolo’s appointment as the chief of staff to Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff.

Also on the program, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq and senior public health officials speak with reporters about the government’s handling of the H1N1 virus.

In Ottawa, CSIS director Richard Fadden addresses an audience of international security and intelligence specialists. Mr. Fadden focuses on the public perception of national security issues and the on the media’s portrayal of terrorists as what he calls “quasi folk heroes.”

The Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs continues its consideration of Bill C-15, which proposes stricter penalties for serious drug crimes. Elizabeth Sheehy (a professor at the University of Ottawa) and Darryl Plecas (from the Centre for Criminal Justice Research at the University of Fraser Valley) present testimony before being questioned by committee members.


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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.