Highlights of the week’s political and public events with Martin Stringer.
In key verbal exchanges from Question Period, MPs react to testimony provided by senior diplomat Richard Colvin about the treatment of prisoners transferred from Canadian Forces to Afghan authorities.
In Halifax, Nova Scotia, Robert Gates (United States Secretary of Defence) and Peter MacKay (the Canadian defence minister) speak with reporters about the future of the mission in Afghanistan. Later in the program, Mr. Gates and Mr. MacKay deliver separate keynote addresses at the Halifax International Security Forum.
Martin speaks with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty about the state of the Canadian economy and about the pending spring 2010 federal budget.
Journalists Louise Elliott and John Geddes join Martin in the studio to analyze the government’s response to Richard Colvin’s testimony.
Jim Flaherty presents an economic outlook at the Empire Club of Toronto. Afterwards, Liberal Finance critic John McCallum responds to Mr. Flaherty’s outlook.
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.