February 20, 2021

PrimeTime Politics This Week

February 20, 2021

Watch this week’s highlights from CPAC’s flagship show, PrimeTime Politics, the source for political roundup and analysis of policy issues. Get an insider’s perspective from Ottawa featuring interviews and guest panels from the Hill.

Tuesday, February 16:

Justice Minister David Lametti joins Peter Van Dusen to discuss the government’s new firearms legislation and planned buyback program for banned weapons.

Thursday, February 18:

Families, Children and Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen joins Peter Van Dusen to discuss the government’s justice reform bill, which includes an end to mandatory mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offences that disproportionately affect Indigenous and Black offenders. We also have reaction from MPs Arif Virani (Liberal), Michael Cooper (Conservative), and Randall Garrison (NDP).

Political observers Kate Harrison, Kiavash Najafi, and Susan Smith debate the day’s top stories.

Friday, February 19:

Martin Stringer welcomes Katrina Plamondon (UBC and Canadian Centre for Global Health Research) to discuss Canada’s funding commitment for the international vaccine effort — at the same time Canada is the only G7 country taking doses from the COVAX program.

Dr. Lisa Barrett, an infectious disease expert at Dalhousie University, analyzes the latest federal modelling on COVID-19 and the threat of new variants.

Journalists Erica Ifill (Hill Times and the Bad + Bitchy podcast) and Mia Rabson (The Canadian Press) review the latest political developments.


Peter Van Dusen

Peter Van Dusen

Peter is one of the most well-known political journalists in Canada, a distinctive and popular personality with close to four decades as both reporter and anchor. He joined CPAC in 2001, where he began his continuing stint as host of PrimeTime Politics, CPAC’s nightly political round-up. He also serves as the network’s Executive Producer, ensuring quality coverage of Canadian politics through a variety of platforms.

Prior to joining CPAC, Peter spent seven years with CTV Ottawa and 11 years with the city’s CBC affiliate.

Martin Stringer

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.