The conduct of former cabinet minister Helena Guergis and her husband Rahim Jaffer, a former Conservative MP, continued to dominate the week’s Question Period sessions. Host Mark Sutcliffe sits down with journalist Elizabeth Thompson to discuss the unfolding controversy, including allegations that Mr. Jaffer is capitalizing on his Conservative connections for business purposes.
New Brunswick MP Yvon Godin has brought forward a private member’s bill that requiring justices appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada to be able to hear cases in both official languages without a translator. The bill has passed third reading and is on its way to the Senate. Mark interviews Yvon Godin about the need for bilingual judges and talks with former Supreme Court justice John Major who opposes the bill arguing judges west of Ontario would effectively be shut-out as candidates for the highest court from the land.
New allegations of mistreatment of Afghan detainees implicating members of Canada’s armed forces have dominated commons committee hearings this week. The Globe and Mail’s defense reporter Steve Chase gives Mark his perspective on nature and the impact of those allegations on the military and the government.
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.