April 27, 2012

Join Martin Stringer and his journalists Louise Elliott, parliamentary reporter for CBC Radio, and John Geddes, Ottawa bureau chief for Maclean’s magazine. They’ll discuss:

1. The European Free Trade Tour:

On Friday, government ministers and MPs fanned out across the country to vaunt the merits of a potential free trade deal that Canada is currently negotiating with the European Union.

Why the sudden sales pitch to Canadian voters?

2. Bev Oda’s Champagne Tastes.

The minister for international cooperation came under fire this week for revelations of her lavish taxpayer-funded London spending spree: a $665-a-night hotel room, $1,000-a-day limousine and $16 orange juice.

How are her transgressions reflecting on the government?

3. The government’s F35 plans:

We’ll look at the latest in Parliament’s attempts to get to the bottom of the government’s handling of the proposed $25-billion jet fighter purchase.

4. Afghanistan – another extension?

This week the Prime Minister refused to rule out keeping Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, past their 2014 exit date.

What should we make of the latest developments?

5. The Budget Implementation Bill:

Some reflections on the 414-page bill tabled on Thursday – one third of which spelled out changes to the country’s environmental legislation.

Also Martin speaks with David McLaughlin, President and CEO of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. They’ll discuss the Round Table’s latest report advising businesses and governments on coping with climate change.


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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.