PrimeTime Politics Weekend

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PrimeTime Politics Weekend - March 19, 2010

Host Martin Stringer analyzes the rising value of the Canadian dollar with Jean-Michel Laurin, vice-president of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.

Martin then sits down with journalists Louise Elliott (CBC Radio) and John Geddes (Maclean’s Magazine) to discuss key developments in federal politics, including the government’s stance on providing contraceptives to Africa and the controversy surrounding mass mailouts sent by MPs to their constituents.

In Brandon, Manitoba, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces federal funding for an expansion of the Brandon University Fitness Centre. Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger also speaks at the event.

In Quebec City, Que., Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon outlines Canada’s priorities for the upcoming G8 Summit in Muskoka. The Canadian delegation will promote maternal and child health in developing nations.

United States President Barack Obama speaks to supporters in Virginia about his administration’s proposed health reform package, which is undergoing a review in the U.S. Congress.

The Senate Committee on National Finance examines policing and security costs for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver, B.C. The committee also presents estimated security costs for the G8 and G20 summits. Testimony is presented by William Baker (the deputy minister of public safety), Ward Elcock (the Privy Council Office co-ordinator for the 2010 Olympics and G8 Security), and William Sweeney (the senior deputy commissioner of the RCMP). The witnesses are then questioned by committee members.

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About Martin Stringer

About 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.

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