Power Play, a daily look at Canada’s political landscape. Recorded in Ottawa featuring all the political news and issues that matter most.
Hosted by CTV’s Don Martin, the program is a must for political insiders.
There's a gun fight of sorts coming to the House of Commons floor next week. It’ll erupt over a bill, expected to be tabled Tuesday, taking aim at keeping firearms away from the mentally ill or out of the hands of those with violent backgrounds, Don Martin says.
The most uplifting takeaway from my 2007 Afghanistan embedding with the troops was hearing how our soldiers had never been prouder to serve than being in combat against the tyranny of the Taliban. But a decade later, that pride has gone along with the fall in our status as a middle military power, Don Martin writes.
This week's budget was particularly bulletproof from opposition attack, but to scan the Liberal lapdogs behind the prime minister was to see MPs knowing their budget was dead on arrival as a political relations exercise. All it took to turn off the budget glow was Trudeau answering his very first question on the New Delhi debacle, says Don Martin.
The Great Divide forms the southern stretch of Rocky Mountain border between Alberta and British Columbia. This geographically defining landmark turned politically rocky this week with two premiers under the NDP flag flapping madly off in different directions over the $7-billion Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion, Don Martin says.
There's something queasy in forcing organizations applying for Canada Summer Job funding or support from the new Canada Service Corps. to attest that anti-abortion activity is not a core principle or mandate, writes Don Martin.
The Sir John Public House in the Kingston law offices where Macdonald began mapping out a country called Canada, stripped the pub of his name on Tuesday.Surely this is a sign of hyper-reactive cleansing for the sake of political correctness, a small step toward the sort of Stalinist purging of people from Soviet history, says Don Martin.
Back on December 18, the itinerary listed nothing about meeting with freed hostage Joshua Boyle and his family, whose five-year ordeal while held captive by Taliban-linked hostage-takers in Afghanistan ended in October. It was a curious omission, writes Don Martin.