Host Martin Stringer reviews the week’s headlines, beginning with a motion introduced by the Conservative government to recognize the Québécois as a nation within a united Canada. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe are shown debating the motion.
Martin sits down with a panel of MPs to discuss their reactions to the Québécois nationhood motion. The panellists are Rod Bruinooge (Conservative), Maria Minna (Liberal), and Dennis Bevington (NDP). Later, journalists Norma Greenaway and Joan Bryden join Martin in the studio to speak about this issue and about the 2006 federal Liberal leadership race.
Martin interviews Scott Brison, a leadership candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada. Mr. Brison discusses his predictions for the federal Liberal leadership convention in Montreal, scheduled to begin on November 29, 2006.
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.