Host Martin Stringer reviews the week’s events, including a derogatory remark allegedly made in the House of Commons by Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay against Liberal MP Belinda Stronach. A panel of MPs join Martin in the studio to discuss Mr. MacKay’s alleged comment and the Clean Air Act, introduced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government. The panellists are Brad Trost (Conservative MP), Mauril Bélanger (Liberal MP), Serge Ménard (Bloc Québécois MP), and Judy Wasylycia-Leis (NDP MP).
Martin sits down with Green Party leader Elizabeth May to discuss the Clean Air Act, the suspension of Ontario MP Garth Turner from the Conservative Caucus, and Mr. Turner’s possible defection to the Green Party. Later, journalists Susan Lunn and Paul Samyn join Martin to review topics discussed earlier in the show.
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.