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.
The imminent rollout of Canadian news stories of the year will be predictable. All important. All nation-defining. All second rate considerations to the main news event. For sustained national impact, intense political fallout and no clear route to resolution or solution on the horizon, there’s only one most-newsworthy story, the plight of Alberta, writes Don Martin.
For the first time in bidding-war history, a city which has already felt the magic of Olympic hosting gave the Games a pass. What should concern the International Olympic Committee even more than general global apathy for hosting rights was having a decisive Games rejection come from, of all places, Calgary, says Don Martin.
All it takes to do the job is the stamina to smile through migraine-inducing diplomatic dinners, the odd bill-signing ceremony and the ability to drone out a Throne Speech every few years. But it turns out that the real dream is life after you leave Rideau Hall, writes Don Martin.
Incredibly bright and charismatic with an instant connection to average Canadians, Michaelle Jean checked every box on a list to shake up the staid image of a Canadian Governor General. What happened to that Michaelle Jean is now a major international mystery, writes Don Martin.
It's not often both major federal parties are right and wrong at the same time. But as the rehashing of the tragic 2009 murder of eight-year-old Tori Stafford echoes through the House of Commons, the Liberals and the Conservatives have accomplished this rare feat, writes Don Martin.