Host Martin Stringer reviews the week in federal politics, including the case against former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates is reviewing allegations that Mr. Jaffer illegally lobbied the government in his role as the director of the Green Power Generation Corporation. Martin analyzes this issue in more detail with MPs Dean Del Mastro (Conservative), David McGuinty (Liberal), and Libby Davies (NDP). The MPs also comment on the government’s decision to exclude funding for abortion services from its G8 maternal health initiatives
Journalists David Akin (CanWest) and Bill Curry (Globe and Mail) examine the week’s major news stories. Discussion focuses on all-party negotiations seeking the release to MPs of uncensored documents pertaining to Afghan detainees. House of Commons Speaker Peter Milliken has given parliamentarians two weeks to reach an agreement on the documents’ release.
Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney appears before the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce to discuss the present state of the domestic and international financial systems.
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.