This week, join Martin Stringer and his journalist guests: David Akin, Ottawa bureau chief for Sun Media, and Gloria Galloway, reporter for The Globe and Mail. They’ll discuss:
1. Warring over Warnings:
Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq says, contrary to reports, she has not “shelved” or “cancelled” plans to impose new, larger, more graphic warning labels on cigarette packages. However, she told her provincial counterparts in September that the plan was on hold, after the tobacco industry had been notified in May. The federal health department has spent $3.6 million and six years developing and testing the new warning labels, and had told health groups they were ready and would be rolled out in January 2010.
* What’s happening with this file?
2. Blowing the Whistle on the whistleblower’s protector:
This week, Auditor General Sheila Fraser released a report saying former Public Service Integrity Commissioner Christiane Ouimet failed in her responsibilities to the public and to her position. Ouimet resigned this fall, after repeated resignations and firings from her office, and after only three of more than 200 complaints submitted by public servants to her office resulted in investigations. Fraser said many of those submissions to her office were mishandled.
* How bad a situation is this?
* What will the solution be?
* Is it a major political problem for the government, or just an unfortunate, isolated incident?
3. The Heat in Cancun:
This week, Environment Minister John Baird led Canada’s delegation at the U.N. Conference on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico. The Canadian government came in for criticism from some quarters for its environmental record, in other quarters for its position on what should come after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.
* What should we make of our participation at the Conference? Of the Conference itself?
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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.