Part Three of The Current
Paul Wells: The Harper Decade
We started this segment with Stephen Harper's victory speech ten years ago when he was elected to lead the Canadian Alliance party. What sounded like election night posturing then would sound prophetic by 2011.
Paul Wells is the Political Editor of Macleans Magazine, and he's written about Stephen Harper for the past 15 years. He just released a new e-book The Harper Decade, tracking the Prime Minister's slow and methodical rise to power.
Paul Wells says even though Harper has been in the public eye for more than a decade, most Canadians have a poor understanding of who he is. To help clear up some of the mystery at least, Paul Wells joined us from Ottawa.
You can order the new e-book, The Harper Decade through Macleans magazine.
This segment was produced by The Current's Josh Bloch.
Last Word - Commercial Surrogacy Promo
Tomorrow on The Current... we'll bring you a documentary about a Canadian woman who, desperate for a child, hires a surrogate in India. Commercial surrogacy in that country is a growing industry and some people wonder whether the practice exploits Indians who carry children for western women.
One of the doctors we'll hear from is Nayana Patel. She runs a surrogacy clinic in India... she believes the practice lifts women out of poverty and wonders why anyone would oppose it.
We ended the program today with an excerpt from tomorrow's documentary, Of Mothers and Merchants.
Other segments from today's show: