Host Martin Stringer reviews the week’s headlines.
CPAC’s David Battistelli reports on the day’s major political developments, including spending cuts at the Department of National Defence. Opposition party MPs criticize the government for underfunding Canada’s military, including the removal of its entire submarine fleet. David’s report also includes comments by National Revenue Minister John McCallum, Defence Minister Bill Graham, and Conservative defence critic Peter MacKay. Martin discusses the issue in more detail with MPs Don Boudria (Liberal), Jason Kenney (Conservative), Alexa McDonough (NDP), and Serge Ménard (Bloc Québécois).
Following this, Martin is joined by Public Works Minister Scott Brison to discuss the ongoing investigation of the Gomery Commission into the federal sponsorship scandal.
Later, Martin sits down with journalists Maria McClintock (Sun Media), and David Taylor (CBC Radio) for an analysis of pressing political issues.
Newly elected NDP MP Bill Siksay joins Martin in the studio to discuss his experience in Ottawa so far.
Finally, CPAC’s Glen McInnis reports on the history of the Government Conference Centre in Ottawa, including the building’s previous use as a railway station.
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.