May 17, 2010

Pt 1: Wither Canada's Coalition - Britain's Conservative and Liberal Democratic parties have agreed to put aside their substantial ideological differences to form a coalition government that Prime Minister David Cameron promises will provide strong, lasting and stable government. Meanwhile, in the last six years, Canada has had three elections, all producing minority governments. (Read More)

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Pt 2: The Dark Knight - We're off to the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan for a special two-part documentary about the man who is bringing a kind of order to what has been a lawless and very dangerous place. The documentary is called The Dark Knight, by filmmaker Nelofer Pazira. (Read More)

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Pt 3: The Dark Knight (Part Two) - We air part two of Nelofer Pazira's documentary, The Dark Knight. (Read More)

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Whole Show Blow-by-Blow

It's Monday, May 17th.

MPs have refused to give the Auditor General access to their expense reports.
Currently, They say it would threaten national security.

This is The Current.

Wither Canada's Coalition

We started this segment with a clip of British Prime Minister David Cameron announcing his vision for a newly minted coalition government. We didn't know yet if he and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg can overcome their substantial ideological differences and deliver on the promise of "strong, stable, good and decent" government.

But for the moment at least, a lot of Britons are giving them the benefit of the doubt. So this morning, we're asking ... if the Brits can do it, why can't our politicians work together a bit more productively.

For their thoughts on that, we were joined by Hugh Segal. He's a Conservative Senator and he was in Kingston, Ontario. Elizabeth May is the Leader of the Green Party of Canada. She was in Victoria. And Dominic Leblanc is the Liberal Party's Justice Critic. He was in Moncton.

Other article of interest: U.K. shows Canadians creative solutions to minority rule


The Dark Knight

As you've been hearing on the news .. the body of yet another Cdn soldier was brought home yesterday. Private Kevin McKay was killed by an improvised explosive device on Thursday ... the 144th Canadian to die in the conflict. It is a well known fact that much of the material for such deadly bombs comes over the border from Pakistan and it is the policing of that border that we will concentrate on for the rest of our program today.

Filmmaker and documentary producer Nelofer Pazira will take us to that border between Afghanistan and Pakistan to the town of Spin Boldak. It is a dangerous place ... a trade route for smuggled goods and explosives and a pathway for the Taliban. It would be almost lawless, were it not for one man ... A man who has started to bring some order and even a little prosperity. Nelofer joined Anna Maria in studio to tell us more.

The Dark Knight is a documentary by filmmaker and journalist Nelofer Pazira. She continued the story of Raziq in our last half hour.


The Dark Knight - Part Two

We aired part two of Nelofer Pazira's documentary, The Dark Knight.

Last Word - Worst Jobs

Before we go ... a friendly neighbourhood reminder that we're asking you to send in your stories about the Worst Jobs you've ever worked. As part of our ongoing Work in Progress series, we're asking where have all the awesome jobs gone? And we'd like your experiences to be part of the discussion.

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We ended the program today with some inspiration, courtesy of a few CBC producers. 

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