Host Martin Stringer reviews the week’s headlines, including a possible official protest by the Canadian government of the U.S. government’s treatment of Maher Arar. Mr. Arar, a Canadian citizen, was detained and deported to a Syrian prison after U.S. officials suspected him of terrorist involvement.
In a video interview, Martin speaks with Health Minister Tony Clement concerning delays in hospital wait time reductions, which were a key focus of the 2004 Health Accord.
Martin is joined in the studio by a panel of MPs to discuss the week’s political developments, including a rumoured “Defence of Religions” bill proposal relating to same-sex marriage rights. The panellists are James Moore (Conservative), Blair Wilson (Liberal), Meili Faille (Bloc Québécois), and Charlie Angus (NDP).
Martin reviews the week’s major news stories with journalists Les Whittington, Jennifer Ditchburn, and Paul Samyn.
Martin sits down with Michael Hart (professor at Carleton University’s Centre for Trade Policy and Law) to discuss Canada’s foreign trade policy, including the Softwood Lumber Agreement between Canada and the U.S.
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.