Host Mark Sutcliffe and his guests review recent political developments, including proposed reforms to the criminal pardon system and the ongoing controversy surrounding former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer. Over the course of the program, Mark hears the views of Canadians on these and other key issues.
Journalist David Akin joins Mark in the studio for an analysis of the unfolding Jaffer affair. Mr. Jaffer appeared before the House of Commons government operations committee to refute allegations that he illegally lobbied the government while serving as the director of the Green Power Generation Corporation. Mr. Jaffer is not registered as a lobbyist, making any lobbying activities illegal under the federal Lobbying Act.
Mark discusses the case against Mr. Jaffer in more detail with Liberal MP Alexandra Mendes.
Mark then speaks with criminal defence lawyer Lawrence Greenspon about the government’s efforts to reform the federal pardon and parole systems.
Michel Juneau-Katusya, a public security expert at the Northgate Group, sits down with Mark to discuss controversial remarks about Sikh extremism made by Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh. Mr. Dosanjh drew a connection between multicultural tolerance and rates of Sikh extremism in Canada.
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.