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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.
April 16, 2021
CPAC’s flagship show is the daily source for political roundup and analysis of policy issues. Get an insider’s perspective from Ottawa featuring interviews and guest panels from the Hill including all of the day’s political highlights in extended, primetime replay.
Vaccine Hesitancy and the Conservative Climate Plan – April 15, 2021
Dr. Supriya Sharma, Health Canada’s chief medical advisor, joins Peter Van Dusen to discuss vaccine hesitancy and address concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine.
MPs Chris Bittle (Liberal), Eric Duncan (Conservative) and Laurel Collins (NDP) weigh in on the Conservative party’s plan for climate change and carbon pricing.
And political observers Susan Smith, Will Stewart, and Kiavash Najafi analyze Erin O’Toole’s plan and Ontario’s struggle with the third wave of COVID-19.
Vaccine Finger-Pointing, Small Business Support – April 14, 2021
Ottawa and the provinces are blaming each other for problems with Canada’s vaccine rollout. We hear from New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs and MPs Jennifer O’Connell (Liberal), Eric Duncan (Conservative), and Don Davies (NDP).
With the federal budget looming and small businesses among the hardest-hit casualties of COVID-19, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business is calling for additional help. Peter Van Dusen welcomes CFIB senior vice-president Corinne Pohlman.
Budget 2021, New Vaccine Concerns, Air Canada Bailout – April 13, 2021
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh joins Peter Van Dusen to discuss next week’s budget, the COVID-19 response, and his meeting with the prime minister.
Dr. Lisa Barrett, an infectious disease specialist and Dalhousie University professor, offers her perspective on the blood clot cases reported in some Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients.
John Gradek, coordinator of McGill University’s aviation management program, analyzes the multi-billion-dollar rescue plan for Air Canada.
Ontario Closes Schools, MPs Return Ahead of Budget – April 12, 2021
Ontario has closed schools to in-person learning amidst a surge in COVID-19 cases that are overwhelming hospitals. Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases specialist and member of Ontario’s vaccination task force, joins Peter Van Dusen to discuss the crisis.
MPs debate the latest pre-budget developments: Rachel Bendayan (Liberal), Pat Kelly (Conservative), and Don Davies (NDP).
And we hear from journalists Joël-Denis Bellavance (La Presse), Susan Delacourt (Toronto Star), and John Ivison (National Post).
The Week In Review – March 26, 2021
Dr. Lisa Barrett, an infectious diseases specialist and Dalhousie University researcher, analyzes the latest federal projections on COVID-19 in Canada.
MPs William Amos (Liberal), Karen Vecchio (Conservative), and Jenny Kwan (NDP) debate the COVID-19 response and this week's other top political stories.
And we have analysis from journalists Ian Bailey (The Globe and Mail) and Mia Rabson (The Canadian Press).