Host Martin Stringer recaps the week’s major news stories, including plans to introduce the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) to British Columbia and Ontario.
Fen Hampson, the director of Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, joins Martin in the studio to discuss expectations for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s first visit to China, scheduled for December 2–6, 2009.
In the House of Commons foyer, Defence Minister Peter MacKay responds to accusations that the government ignored reports about the alleged torture of detainees transferred from Canadian Forces to Afghan authorities in 2006. Martin analyzes these accusations in more detail with journalists David Akin and Murray Brewster. Afterwards, opposition foreign affairs critics Bob Rae (Liberal) and Paul Dewar (NDP) speak with reporters about this issue.
International Trade Minister Stockwell Day appears before the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade to discuss the rise of China, India, and Russia in the global economy.
At a meeting of the House of Commons health committee, Dr. David Butler-Jones (Chief Public Health Officer) provides an update on the government’s handling of the H1N1 (“swine flu”) virus.
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.