November 25, 2011

PrimeTime Politics Weekend

November 25, 2011

This week, join Martin Stringer and his journalist guests: Gloria Galloway, reporter for The Globe & Mail, and John Ivison, columnist for The National Post.

They’ll discuss:

The Audiitor General & Jobs:
This week, in one chapter of his final report, Interim Auditor General John Wiersema gave passing grades to the Harper government for how it spent money under its Economic Action Plan. However, in the case of one program whose chief goal was to create jobs, he found the government failed to measure the job creation results.

Does this put into doubt the government’s job-creation claims?

Tony Clement & the G8 Legacy Projects:
The NDP released new e-mails which it says prove former Industry Minister Tony Clement misled Parliament, and was actively involved in selecting projects in his Muskoka, Ont. riding which received $50 million in public funding. Clement has repeatedly said that he played no role in the final selection of projects, and says that would have been wrong. In addition, the NDP accused Clement, or someone in his office, of changing the official record (Hansard) of his testimony before the Commons Public Accounts Committee 3 weeks ago. Tony Clement maintains that all of the accusations are false. He also says those concerning alteration of Hansard are a breach of his privileges as a Member of Parliament, and has asked tjhe Speaker of the House of Commons to look into who changed the record.

Where is this whole issue going?
What about the specific accusations of altering Hansard?

The NDP Leadership Race:
There was some grumbling in NDP ranks this week about the party’s selection of 6 debates and their location in the run-up to next March’s leadership convention. Also, some differences seem to have emerged among some of the 9 leadership candidates on issues such as whether they would re-instate the long-gun registry when it is scrapped by the Harper government.

We look at the joys – and challenges – of running a leadership race while one’s party sits as the Official Opposition in Parliament.

Also, Martin is joined by a panel of MPs from the different parties to discuss the week’s events in federal politics.


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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.