December 9, 2011

PrimeTime Politics Weekend

December 9, 2011

This week, join Martin Stringer and his journalist guests Susan Lunn (parliamentary reporter for CBC Radio) and Mark Kennedy (parliamentary bureau chief for Postmedia News). They’ll discuss:

1. The Canada-U.S. Border Agreement:
This week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled an action plan to ease trade and coordinate security on the Canada-U.S. border. The plan contained many pilot programs aimed at reducing delays, duplication and bureaucracy currently slowing our mutual trade. It also spelled out areas where Canada will share more information on Canadians with American authorities.

What should we make of the agreement? In terms of facilitating and promoting trade? In terms of security and information sharing?
How will it play out politically?

2. Attawapiskat and Native Affairs:
The housing crisis on the northern Ontario First Nations reserve continued to play out this week, and so did the political finger pointing.

Where is this crisis headed?
What about the larger issues at play?

3. The Wheat Board Bill:
A federal court this week ruled that the Harper government acted illegally in bringing in its bill to remove the marketing monopoly of the Canadian Wheat Board without consulting Western wheat and barley producers. The government says it will proceed with the legislation (currently before the Senate) and will appeal the court’s ruling.

Where does this issue go from here?

4. Durban, Kyoto and after
We look at the Canadian position at the U.N. Conference on climate change in Durban, South Africa.

Is Kyoto dead?
What comes next?
What about Canada’s role in it all?

Also, Martin sits down with Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan. They discuss Attawapiskat; the challenges, such as housing and education, facing Canada’s native peoples; recent government legislation concerning First Nations’ governance; and the upcoming Crown-First Nations summit in January.


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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.