October 5, 2012

PrimeTime Politics Weekend

October 5, 2012

Martin Stringer discusses the largest beef recall in Canadian history with Bob Kingston, president of the Agriculture Union, part of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. With 25 years of experience as a meat inspector, he gives his impressions on what went wrong, the challenges facing Canada’s food inspection system, and the government’s handling of the situation.

Join Martin and his journalist guests: Louise Elliott (parliamentary reporter with CBC Radio) and Mark Kennedy (parliamentary bureau chief for Postmedia News). They’ll discuss:

Tainted Beef:
The recall is cross-Canada in scope. More than 1500 products are involved. Canadians are asking questions about the safety of Canada’s food inspection system. The NDP opposition is now calling for Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz’s resignation.
– How has this whole issue played out, politically?

Justin’s In:
Montreal MP Justin Trudeau this week launched his bid for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.
– What does this mean for the Liberal Party? For other potential Liberal leadership contenders?
– How much impact will his candidacy have on the Canadian political scene?

Also Martin speaks with 3 MPs about 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.