Don Martin


Don Martin

Power Play Host


Don Martin hosts CTV News Channel's daily marquee political program, POWER PLAY from Monday to Friday at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET.

With a fresh look at politics, politicians and plays for power, this is the political show of record for Canadians. Martin cuts through the rhetoric and highlights the people and players that dominate the political scene in Canada. Online at, viewers can catch episodes they've missed on the CTV Video Player.

One of the most respected journalists on Parliament Hill, Martin has been covering politics in Canada for 32 years at The National Post and Calgary Herald, before joining CTV. Martin admits that giving up his dream job as a newspaper columnist wasn't so difficult after being offered a dream job as a CTV host.

Martin brings three decades of experience to his role as the host of POWER PLAY. Previously a national affairs columnist based in Ottawa, Martin wrote regularly about federal politics for The Calgary Herald and The National Post with a special eye on western issues of interest to his favourite province, namely Alberta. He has spent the last 30 years covering politics, starting with Calgary city hall and moving to the provincial legislature before heading to the nation's capital in 2000.

Martin authored the bestseller King Ralph in 2002, a biography on the life and times of Alberta Premier Ralph Klein, and in 2006 published Belinda on the private and political life of Belinda Stronach.