February 20, 2004

PrimeTime Politics Weekend

February 20, 2004

Host Martin Stringer reviews the week’s major news stories.

CPAC’s David Battistelli reports on the latest political developments, including the ongoing investigation into the federal sponsorship program. David’s report includes the day’s key Question Period exchanges and remarks to the press, including those by MPs Rahim Jaffer (Conservative), Reg Alcock (Liberal), and Jason Kenney (Conservative).

At a press conference, Finance Minister Ralph Goodale previews the government’s upcoming federal budget. Martin hears the reaction of B.C. Finance Minister Gary Collins to Mr. Goodale’s announcement, including Mr. Collins’s expectations for stable, long-term health-care funding.

Health Minister Pierre Pettigrew addresses the media in response to comments made by Alberta Premier Ralph Klein about the Canada Health Act.

Conservative MP Peter MacKay comments on the departure of Supreme Court Justice Louise Arbour, who has been appointed as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Martin is joined by journalists Joël-Denis Bellavance and Graham Fraser to discuss the week’s political news, including the investigation into federal sponsorship activities and the ongoing Conservative Party leadership race.

Later, Don Chapman and Magali Castro-Gyr of the Lost Canadians Organization join Martin to discuss their efforts to have their Canadian citizenship reinstated.

CPAC’s Glen McInnis reports on a government website that gives visitors a view into the history and sights of Parliament Hill. Louise Proulx and Denis Labossiere of the Department of Public Works and Government Services explain the various aspects of the website, including a virtual tour and an educational section for children.


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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.