December 4, 2009

PrimeTime Politics Weekend

December 4, 2009

Host Martin Stringer is joined by Peter Harder (the president of the Canada China Business Council) and Colin Robertson (from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University) to review Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to China.

Martin discusses Mr. Harper’s visit in more detail with journalists Louise Elliott and John Geddes. Discussion topics also include the political fallout from the introduction of the harmonized sales tax (HST) in Ontario and British Columbia.

In Shanghai, China, Mr. Harper delivers a speech about Canada–China relations.

In Montreal, Que., Environment Minister Jim Prentice discusses Canada’s participation in the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, scheduled for December 7–18. Later, Mr. Prentice takes questions from the media.

Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff speaks with reporters about his party’s environmental platform.

At a meeting of the House of Commons committee on government operations and estimates, Treasury Board president Vic Toews presents the board’s 2009–2010 supplementary estimates. Mr. Toews and his associates are then questioned by committee members, including Martha Hall Findlay (Liberal), Pat Martin (NDP), and Richard Nadeau (Bloc Québécois).


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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.