Host Martin Stringer and his guests examine the week’s political highlights, including the cost of security preparations for the G8 and G20 summits. Martin speaks with MPs Dean Del Mastro (Conservative), Mark Holland (Liberal), and Pat Martin (NDP) about the $930-million price tag for summit security.
Journalists Louise Elliott (CBC) and John Geddes (Maclean’s) join Martin to discuss Auditor General Sheila Fraser’s call for an audit of MP and senator expenses, as well as the proposed establishment of a national securities regulator to oversee financial markets.
On Parliament Hill, MPs react to the week’s political developments.
In his address to the annual conference of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Toronto, Ont., Prime Minister Stephen Harper highlights the success of the federal government’s infrastructure funding program.
In Ottawa, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews unveils the government’s National Strategy for Critical Infrastructure. In the event of a natural disaster or terrorist threat, the strategy is supposed to help safeguard Canada’s electricity, telecommunications, and financial systems.
New Democratic Party MPs present their party’s proposed maternal and child health initiatives for developing countries, including funding for abortion services.
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.