April 23, 2010

Host Martin Stringer looks at the week’s headlines, including new information in the illegal lobbying controversy involving former Conservative cabinet minister Helena Guergis and her husband Rahim Jaffer, a former Conservative MP.

Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley joins Martin in the studio to recap a recent meeting between G20 labour ministers. Discussions focused on economic recovery strategies and unemployment rates.

Martin then sits down with journalists Louise Elliott (CBC Radio) and John Geddes (Maclean’s) to analyze the latest developments in the Jaffer–Guergis controversy. Mr. Jaffer recently appeared before the House of Commons government operations committee to refute allegations that he illegally lobbied the government while serving as the director of the Green Power Generation Corporation.

In Ottawa, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson re-introduces the government’s Combating Terrorism Act (Bill C-17). The bill re-enacts investigative hearing provisions and compels witnesses to provide information about previous or potential terrorist activities.

The House of Commons Special Committee on the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan continues its consideration of Afghan detainee transfers. Testimony is presented by David Sproule and Arif Lalani, from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and Ron Hoffman, the Canadian ambassador to Thailand.


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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.