Host Martin Stringer presents the week’s major news stories, including the NDP’s request to have the parliamentary ethics commissioner investigate allegations against former cabinet minister Helena Guergis. Martin discusses this issue with MPs Libby Davies (NDP), Alexandra Mendes (Liberal), and Dean Del Mastro (Conservative).
Journalists David Akin (CanWest News) and Bill Curry (Globe and Mail) join Martin in the studio to comment on the Guergis affair and on allegations of illegal lobbying activities facing Ms. Guergis’s husband, former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer.
In Toronto, Ont., Finance Minister Jim Flaherty introduces a voluntary code of conduct for the credit and debit card industry.
In the House of Commons foyer, opposition MPs including NDP MP Libby Davies comment on the government’s handling of the controversy surrounding Helena Guergis.
The House of Commons foreign affairs committee resumes its review of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (also known as “Rights and Democracy”) following a number of internal governance issues at the centre. Gérard Latulippe (the president of Rights and Democracy) presents testimony and is questioned by committee members Francine LaLonde (Bloc Québécois), Paul Dewar (NDP), and Jim Abbott (parliamentary secretary to the minister of international co-operation).
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.