September 16, 2011

PrimeTime Politics Weekend

September 16, 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper attends the opening of a new international vaccine research facility in Saskatoon, Sask., where he also holds a press conference. Mr. Harper responds to allegations that Bob Dechert (the parliamentary secretary to the foreign affairs minister) had personal email correspondence with a reporter from the Chinese Xinhua news agency. He also responds to allegations that Walt Natynczyk (the chief of the defence staff) used government jets for personal use without proper reimbursement.

At a press conference in Ottawa, NDP MP Pat Martin calls on Conservative Senator Don Plett to step down as the campaign co-chair for the Manitoba Progressive Conservatives. Mr. Martin is claiming that Senator Plett’s participation in partisan activities is an abuse of office.


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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.