Host Martin Stringer and his guests examine the week’s political developments. Martin speaks with MPs Gerard Kennedy (Liberal), Wayne Marston (NDP), and Rick Dysktra (Conservative), focusing on Canada’s future role in Afghanistan and on Bill C-391, legislation to repeal the long-gun registry.
Journalists Norma Greenaway (CanWest) and Susan Lunn (CBC) join Martin for an analysis of Justice Jeffrey Oliphant’s final report on business dealings between former prime minister Brian Mulroney and German-Canadian businessman Karlheinz Schreiber.
In Paris, France, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and French President Nicolas Sarkozy speak with reporters about the upcoming G8 and G20 summits. The leaders also comment on a proposed international bank tax, which would be used to pay for future bank bailouts.
In Ottawa, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics resumes its study of allegations of interference in access to information requests. Public Works Minister Christian Paradis appears as a witness but proceedings are delayed by various points of order, focusing primarily on the government’s decision to ban opposition MPs from compelling public servants to appear before parliamentary committees. The meeting adjourns before Mr. Paradis can testify.
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.