Host Martin Stringer and his guests analyze the week in federal politics, beginning with the “Canada at 150: Rising to the Challenge” conference organized by the Liberal Party of Canada.
Martin speaks with Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger to learn more about the conference, which is being held at various locations across the country to explore major public policy issues. He then speaks with Sherri Torjman (the vice-president of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy) about her presentation at the conference.
Journalists Susan Lunn (CBC Radio) and John Ivison (National Post) join Martin in the studio to examine recent developments, including a defeated Liberal Party motion to incorporate family planning measures in the government’s maternal health initiative. The guests also comment on the release of heavily censored documents about Afghan detainee transfers.
Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff makes opening remarks at the “Canada at 150” conference in Montreal, Que., outlining his hopes for a successful event.
In Washington, D.C., United States President Barack Obama announces a nuclear arms reduction agreement between the U.S. and Russia.
Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon discusses Canada’s priorities ahead of the Arctic Ocean and G8 foreign ministers meetings.
Environment Minister Jim Prentice speaks with reporters about the government’s strategies for addressing climate change, water quality, and water resource management.
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.