September 19, 2003

PrimeTime Politics Weekend

September 19, 2003

Host Martin Stringer covers the day’s major news stories, including a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision (R. v. Powley) granting fishing and hunting rights to Canada’s Métis. David Chartrand of the Manitoba Métis Federation joins Martin to discuss the ruling.

Next, Martin reports on an impending audit of spending by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, to be conducted by the House of Commons committee on government estimates. Committee members Raymonde Folco (Liberal) and Ken Epp (Canadian Alliance) comment on the investigation.

Progressive Conserative Senator Noël Kinsella joins Martin to discuss his proposed whistleblower legislation.

CPAC’s David Battistelli reports on developments in the ongoing Liberal leadership race, including mounting pressure for Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to step down. David’s report includes remarks by Defence Minister John McCallum and NDP leader Jack Layton.

Martin is joined by journalists Tonda MacCharles and Dave Taylor to discuss the week in federal politics.

CPAC’s Glen McInnis reports on technological upgrades underway in the House of Commons, including internet access in the chamber and improved video and sound systems. Glen’s report includes remarks by Liberal MP Marlene Catterall, PC MP Elsie Wayne, NDP MP Bill Blaikie, and Canadian Alliance MP James Rajotte.


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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.