Thirteen years ago, former prime minister Brian Mulroney received $2.1 million from the government after suing the RCMP for libel. Mulroney had testified he had few dealings with German-Canadian businessman Karlheinz Schreiber. The Oliphant inquiry report – released this week – deemed the business dealings between Mulroney and Schreiber “inappropriate.” Opposition MPs are now demanding that Mulroney give the money back. Mark talks with the NDP’s Pat Martin about the case.
On Wednesday, Canada’s ground commander in Afghanistan, Brig.-Gen. Daniel Menard, was relieved of command over an alleged romantic involvement with a female member of his staff. Menard was sent home in disgrace because of a Canadian military policy which prohibits intimate contact when soldiers are deployed. Mark talks with retired colonel Michel Drapeau about the firing and the possible consequences for the Afghanistan mission and Menard’s military career.
Plus: committees in chaos. A new government policy barring ministerial staff from testifying before parliamentary committees has caused a furor at the meetings.
Elizabeth Thompson of Sun Media joins Mark to discuss this and all the week’s top political news.
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.