Host Martin Stringer reports on the latest developments in the federal sponsorship scandal, including testimony given by former public servant Chuck Guité before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Martin is joined by MPs John Williams (Conservative), Judy Wasylycia-Leis (NDP), and Alan Tonks (Liberal), members of the public accounts committee. Later, Martin speaks to Public Works Minister Stephen Owen for more reaction to Mr. Guité’s testimony.
Martin is then joined by journalists Maria McClintock and Dave Taylor to discuss the week’s political news, including Mr. Guité’s testimony and the possibility of a federal election. They also discuss the debate over Bill C-9, which, if passed, would allow generic drug companies to provide cheaper drugs to developing nations.
Also on the program, Martin speaks with Indian Affairs Minister Andy Mitchell about a new deal for First Nations communities, including the possible abolition of the Indian Act and policy reforms in education, health care, and self-governance.
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.