It's Tuesday November 3rd.
Vancouver Liberal MP Hedy Fry wants to set up a swine flu clinic on Parliament Hill because, she says parliamentarians are at higher risk because they shake so many hands.
Currently ... Turns out Ms. Fry is operating on old polling numbers... Most voters are giving them the finger.
This is the Current
Afghanistan Look Ahead
In his first speech since being declared winner in a much disputed presidential election, Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai is pledging to tackle corruption in his government, however he has made no specific commitments in his speech today.
It was the run-off that didn't happen. After months of election limbo, a spokesman for the Independent Election Commission declared that President Karzai is the elected president of Afghanistan.
Saturday's run-off election was called off after Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Karzai's competitor pulled out of the race. And that is just fine for Rangina Hamidi. She is the founder and CEO of Kandahar Treasure - an NGO that employes local woman. And also happens to be the daughter of the mayor of Kandahar, and that's where we reached her this morning.
Our next two guests will be watching with great interest how President Karzai's win plays out in Afghanistan and around the world. Mark Moyar is a professor at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia, and the author of A Question of Command: Counterinsurgency from the Civil War to Iraq. He joined us in Washington, D.C. And Patricia DeGennaro is a professor at New York University's Center for Global Affairs and she joined us from New York City.
Military Recruitment - Pelissier
For the military they are 'information sessions'. Others call it active recruiting. Call it what you will, in Quebec, a coalition of students' and teachers' unions is hoping to ban the Canadian military from high school and CEGEP - or junior college - campuses across the province.
We sent freelance producer Lillian Boctor to Dawson College, an English CEGEP in Montreal, to see what students think of having military information booths on campus.
For his thoughts on why the military should be drummed out of Quebec schools, we were joined by Alain Pelissier. He is a special counsel for the CSQ -- Quebec's largest teachers union and he joined us from Montreal.
Military Recruitment - Landry
Well, Remi Landry is one former soldier who thinks Quebec's schools should not be off-limits to the Canadian military. He was recruited as a high school student and later went on to do some recruiting in schools as well. The retired Lieutenant Colonel is now an associate researcher with the Universite de Montreal's Research Group on International Security.
Military Recruitment - Canadian Forces
The Canadian Forces Recruitment Centre has no intention of doing an about face on the thorny issue of going on school campuses. Lieutenant Commander Kathleen Thaler is the Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces Recruitment Centre in Montreal.
Every President of the United States lives under the burning light of intense scrutiny. And by any standards, Bill Clinton's two terms in office were scorchers, including having the dubious distinction of being only the second U.S. president ever impeached.
Pulitzer Prize winning author Taylor Branch, is a long time friend of Bill Clinton. During the eight years of the Clinton Presidency, he and Mr. Clinton secretly taped 79 confidential and intimate conversations about life as the President. The content of those recordings are now in the public domain with the publication of Mr. Branch's new book The Clinton Tapes, Wrestling History with the President. Taylor Branch was in Toronto this morning.
Last Word - Clinton
Well, Taylor Branch may have recorded more conversations wtih Bill Clinton than anyone else. But in 2004, The Current recorded the former president in an interview. At the time, George W. Bush was President and anti-American sentiment was palpabel here in Canada.
So, we ended the program today with a clip from our interview with former president Bill Clinton in which he explains the importance of a positive relationship between Canada and the U.S.