This week, join Martin Stringer and his journalist guests: David Akin, National Affairs Correspondent for Canwest News Service, and Susan Lunn, Parliamentary Reporter for CBC Radio. They’ll discuss: Afghan Detainees, Budget Fallout, Prime Minister Harper and YouTube, and Rahim Jaffer’s Plea Bargain.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Rob Moore (minister of state for small business) address the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) in Toronto, Ont. Mr. Flaherty discusses job statistics from February 2010, including the creation of nearly 21,000 jobs. Mr. Moore announces an additional $10 million in federal funds for the CYBF. Afterwards, Mr. Flaherty takes questions from reporters about the state of the economy.
In Ottawa, Liberal Senator Roméo Dallaire calls for the creation of a Canadian replica of the memorial at Vimy Ridge in northern France. The original monument commemorates Canada’s pivotal role in the Battle of Vimy Ridge during the First World War.
In the House of Commons, federal party leaders Michael Ignatieff (Liberal), Stephen Harper (Conservative), Gilles Duceppe (Bloc Québécois), and Jack Layton (NDP) deliver their responses to the Speech from the Throne. The opposition party leaders criticize the government’s priorities and condemn its decision to prorogue Parliament.
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.