This week, join Martin Stringer and his journalist guests: Bill Curry, reporter for The Globe and Mail, and Susan Lunn, parliamentay reporter for CBC Radio. They’ll discuss:
1. A Controversial Claw-back:
The government now says it is “reviewing” a policy which will claw back lump-sum withdrawals made by seniors from Registerd Retirement Income Funds to cover emergency expenses. If the withdrawal is more than the amount allowed uner their RRIF, the amount will now be deducted from the Guaranteed Income Supplements (GIS) received by low-income seniors.
* What should we make of the government’s promise to “review” the policy?
2. The Afghanistan vote:
On Thursday the House of Commons debated a Bloc Québécois motion on the extension of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan beyond 2011. It opposes the extension, and condemns the Harper government for not putting the extension to a vote of Parliament. The motion will be voted on next Tuesday.
* How will the vote play out? What impact will it have
3. Climate Change:
Next week, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change begins in Cancun, Mexico. It is a follow-up to last year’s Copenhagen Conference.
* What should we expect, in terms of Canada’s position and contribution to the discussions on climate change?
4. By-election buzz:
Three federal by-elections will be held on Monday: in Vaughan, Ontario, and in Winnipeg North and Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette, Manitoba.
* What should we be watching for?
Also, Martin speaks with a panel of MPs from the different partis about this wek’s developments in federal politics.
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.