Host Martin Stringer reviews the week’s headlines.
CPAC’s David Battistelli reports on a vote by members of the Canadian Alliance concerning a possible merger with the Progressive Conservative Party. Martin sits down with Scott Reid (Canadian Alliance MP for Lanark–Frontenac–Lennox and Addington, Ont.) and Don Plett (Canadian Alliance president) in the CPAC studio to discuss repercussions from the vote. Later, PC Party president Bruck Easton talks about how the party is preparing for their own vote on the merger.
Journalists Bruce Campion-Smith and Chris Hall join Martin to discuss the week’s headlines, including the announced retirement of Herb Dhaliwal (Natural Resources Minister).
Martin reports on the creation of the Council of the Federation at in Charlottetown, P.E.I. Excerpts are shown from a speech by P.E.I. Premier Pat Binns, in which Mr. Binns describes the objectives of the council.
Reporter Mark Miller covers Liberal leader Paul Martin’s trip to British Columbia, including Mr. Martin’s visit to the Western Canadian Environmental Technology Forum.
Later, Martin Stringer speaks with NDP MP Wendy Lill about accessibility on VIA Rail trains.
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.