Mark Sutcliffe and his guests hear the views of Canadians on the week’s major political news stories. Topics of discussion include an update on the government’s H1N1 “swine flu” vaccination campaign, Canada’s new citizenship guide, and the seven-year-long debate over the case of Canadian citizen Omar Khadr. The case was brought to the Supreme Court after the government appealed a lower court order seeking Mr. Khadr’s return from United States custody. Mr. Khadr has been held in the Guantanamo Bay detention centre since 2002 on suspicion of war crimes.
University of Ottawa associate professor Amir Attaran joins Mark in the studio to discuss the H1N1 vaccination campaign.
Later, Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, analyzes the long-term implications of the Omar Khadr case.
Mark also speaks with retired Colonel Alain Pellerin of the Conference of Defence Associations, focusing on the Canadian mission in Afghanistan.
CPAC viewers call in to give their perspective on issues raised over the course of the program.
A broadcaster, writer and entrepreneur, Mark joined CPAC in the Fall of 2009 to host The Week – a Sunday morning, national phone-in on the week in politics. He also hosts The Chat Room weekday mornings on 580 CFRA in Ottawa, writes two weekly columns in the Ottawa Citizen and is the CEO of Great River Media. A marathon runner and volunteer, Mark is also the founder of iRun magazine and the author of Why I Run and was formerly Executive Editor of the Citizen.