The halls of Parliament were buzzing with talk of a Liberal–NDP merger to form a new political party. Leaders from both parties were quick to deny any talks were taking place. Mark talks with a leading political scientist Professor Emeritus Ned Franks about the possibilities of either a merger of the two parties or options for a coalition following the next election.
Reforms to Canada’s refugee claimant system were announced this week which promises to make the process faster and fairer. The government hammered out a compromise with the opposition parties to arrive at a deal. NDP Immigration critic Olivia Chow explains the new policies and how the parties worked together to reach a compromise.
Also this week, The Globe and Mail’s Gloria Galloway discusses these stories and other political news from the week with host Mark Sutcliffe this week on “The Week.”
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 Ottawa Today, weekday mornings on 1310 NEWS, in Ottawa, 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 Long Road to Boston. He was inducted into the Order of Ottawa in 2016.