February 11, 2011

PrimeTime Politics Weekend

February 11, 2011

We being you Canadian reaction and analysis of the announcement that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down from power. Martin Stringer speaks with Costanza Musu, Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa.

Martin also discusses the week’s events with a panel of MPs. They look at this week’s vote on a Liberal motion – passed by the House of Commons – condemning the government’s planned corporate tax cuts. Also: the showdown over Bill S-10 on the issue of drug trafficking.

Also, Martin is joined by this week’s journalists’ panel: Bill Curry, parliamentary reporter with The Globe and Mail, and John Geddes, Ottawa bureau chief for Maclean’s magazine. On the agenda:

1. An Arena for Quebec City:
After mixed signals from the Harper government, this week the City of Quebec and the Quebec provincial government announced they’re going ahead with the construction of a $400-million muliti-function sports and entertainment complex, in the hope of attracting NHL hockey and perhaps the Winter Olympics.
* Will the Harper government pitch in with federal funds? Should it?
* What are the political dimensions of this issue, with five Conservative MPs coming from the Quebec City region?
2. Fighting Over Crime Legislation:
This week, the Liberals joined the NDP and Bloc in their opposition to the government’s Bill S-10 on drug traffickers, virtually assuring its defeat. Part of the reason given was a lack of information from the government concerning the cost of its” tough-on-crime” legislation.
* Where is the debate over cracking down on crime headed?
3. Perimeter Security.
The week started with demands from the opposition parties that the government provide Canadians with more information on what’s being negotiated with the Americans in the new “Shared Vision on Perimeter Security and Economic Prosperity,” the framework agreement signed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. Pre


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Martin Stringer

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.