February 10, 2012

PrimeTime Politics Weekend

February 10, 2012

Join Martin Stringer and his journalist guests: John Geddes, Ottawa Bureau Chief for Maclean’s magazine, and Mark Kennedy, Parliamentary Bureau Chief for Postmedia News. They’ll discuss:

1. The Prime Minister’s China trip:

– What was achieved?

2. Old Age Security:
This week, Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page released a study saying the OAS system is not facing a sustainability crisis, and that the government will have adequate revenues to fund it – and even add to it – in the decades to come.

– How does this affect the debate over the Prime Minister’s — as yet unspecified — intentions to change OAS?
– Where is the issue going, politically?
– What might we expect to hear on this subject in the upcoming budget?

3. The Beginnings of Life:
This week, Ontario Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth made headlines with his Private Member’s Motion calling for the creation of a special parliamentary committee to study when life legally begins: at birth, or before?

– What should we make of this individual MP’s intiative?
– How’s it playing out, politically?

Also, Martin speaks with MPs from the different parties about the week’s big 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.