There may soon be an end to the controversy around the disclosure of MPs expenses, but just as that issue moves closer to resolution, there is new dissatisfaction over the decision to shield ministerial staff from appearing before Parliamentary committees. Columnist Lawrence Martin of The Globe and Mail weighs in on these and other issues.
Conservative MP Michael Chong wants to see more decorum during the daily exchanges of Question Period. He’s put forward a private member’s bill that aims to tame the rhetoric and expand the time available for questions and answers.
Did the 2006 election break Canada’s fixed-date election law? The Federal Court has found the election was legal but some political advocacy groups disagree. Democracy Watch is appealing the judgment to the Supreme Court seeking to block the prime minister from calling another snap election. Democracy Watch co-ordinator Duff Conacher explains what’s at stake.
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.