Archive: 4th Reading

Host Steve Paikin is joined by a regular panel of veteran politicians from the three major political parties to analyze the week's events at Queen's Park.


Air Date: June 26, 2005 - 27:59
Studio 2's 4th Reading panel treats two of Dalton McGuinty's biggest headaches: healthcare and hydro.
Air Date: June 19, 2005 - 28:00
From rumors of a cabinet shuffle, to backtracking on the plan to shut down the province's coal power generation plants -- analysis from Studio 2's 4th Reading panel and the Backroom 411 team.
Air Date: June 12, 2005 - 28:00
As Ontario's students head out on summer vacation, Education Minister Gerard Kennedy gets graded by Studio 2's 4th Reading panel.
Air Date: June 05, 2005 - 27:59
The debate over changes to Ontario's adoption disclosure laws continues. NDP MPP Marilyn Churley and Toronto Sun Editor Lorrie Goldstein debate whether or not adoptees should have a right to know their birth parents' identities.
Air Date: May 29, 2005 - 28:00
Five years ago this week Ontario woke up to the worst drinking water disaster in the province's history. How can we be sure our drinking water is now safe? Interview with Ontario Environment Minister Leona Dombrowsky.
Air Date: May 22, 2005 - 27:59
Reaction to yesterday's non-confidence vote. Also a special report on the Ipperwash Inquiry inquiry into the shooting death of native protester Dudley George by 'Backroom 411' host Susanna Kelley.
Air Date: May 15, 2005 - 28:00
Former PC finance minister Janet Ecker, Liberal advisor Bob Richardson former NDP finance minister Floyd Laughren give their reviews of Greg Sorbara's new budget.
Air Date: May 08, 2005 - 27:59
Finance Minister Greg Sorbara delivers the province's budget next Wednesday. With a $6-billion deficit, will the Liberals be able to honour their pledge to balance the budget by 2007?
Air Date: May 01, 2005 - 27:59
How will the Martin-Layton deal affect politics in Ontario? And, municipalities are up in arms over a new grant formula that will mean cuts in some communities.
Air Date: April 24, 2005 - 28:00
For more than a decade the federal Liberals have dominated the political landscape in Ontario. Is that about to change?
Air Date: April 17, 2005 - 27:59
Dalton McGuinty's quest to solve Ontario's budget woes with an influx of cash from the Federal government.
Air Date: April 10, 2005 - 27:58
A new report says many of Toronto's schools are infested with mould, vermin and asbestos. Is the health of Ontario's public school students at risk?
Air Date: April 03, 2005 - 27:59
The doctors get a $2.4-million pay increase, and 4th Reading gets a feature interview with the Minister of Health, George Smitherman. And, analysis of PC Leader John Tory's first week in the legislature.
Air Date: March 27, 2005 - 28:00
Fighting Ontario's democratic deficit: The Liberal's plan for electoral reform.
Air Date: March 20, 2005 - 27:59
Feature interview with Ontario PC Leader John Tory, who won a seat in the Legislature after winning this week's by-election in Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey.
Air Date: March 13, 2005 - 27:59
Further fallout as the Opposition demands the resignation of Ontario's Finance Minister and Municipal Affairs Minister over allegations of improper dealings with 'Greenbelt' land developers.
Air Date: March 06, 2005 - 28:00
Can Dalton McGuinty convince Ontario voters that the Federal government is responsible for the Province's budget shortfall? Also: more fallout over the government's dealings with Greenbelt land developers.
Air Date: February 27, 2005 - 27:59
Ontario wanted the $23-billion gap between the tax dollars Ontarians send to Ottawa and what the province gets back in federal transfers addressed, but the federal budget left them bitterly disappointed.