Host Martin Stringer reports on opposition parties’ criticisms of Prime Minister Paul Martin following Mr. Martin’s alleged visit to a private health clinic to obtain medical services. He is then joined by MPs John Reynolds (Conservative), Bill Blaikie (NDP), and Sarmite Bulte (Liberal) to discuss these and other political developments in more detail.
For a discussion on the latest developments in the ongoing sponsorship scandal, Martin is joined by members of the House of Commons public accounts committee, including Pat Martin (NDP), Diane Ablonczy (Conservative), and Shawn Murphy (Liberal). Martin then speaks with François Perreault, a spokesperson for the upcoming public inquiry into the sponsorship scandal, about how the inquiry will differ from the investigation already being conducted by the public accounts committee.
Journalists Joël-Denis Bellavance and Chris Hall join Martin to discuss the latest developments into the sponsorship scandal, the possibility of an upcoming federal election, and political party strategy.
Finally, Martin speaks with Public Health Minister Carolyn Bennett about new funding for a public health program mandated through the Canadian Public Health Agency. The program will fund immunization programs, family planning services, and information technology infrastructure.
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.