January 29, 2012

The Week with Mark Sutcliffe

January 29, 2012

This Sunday, Mark welcomes two veteran political journalists to discuss the week in national politics. Viewers are also welcome to contribute their thoughts about the big stories of the week.

On the program:

Elizabeth Thompson, Senior Political Writer for iPolitics.ca
John Ibbitson, Ottawa Bureau Chief for The Globe and Mail

Tune in, call in, and tweet in, this Sunday, to talk about:

DEBT REDUCTION: In a keynote speech to the World Economic Forum Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised major reforms in such areas as Canada’s pension system, immigration policy, and our energy sector. Are such big changes necessary to maintain prosperity? Or will they hurt seniors?

IMPROVING RELATIONS: The Crown-First Nations Gathering is seen as an important first step towards rebuilding a strained relationship. Are any substantial changes coming, as a result of the meeting that the Prime Minister called historic?

PERUSING POLLS: Polls this week indicate a rise in support for the federal Liberals. One poll says of all the main party leaders, Bob Rae posts the best momentum score, but Stephen Harper has the highest approval rating. What do the numbers say? And how important are they, so far ahead of the next election?

CRIME IN CANADA: A new survey shows an increasing number of Canadians now believe what police statistics have indicated for some time — that crime rates are on the decline. Meanwhile, provinces and territories are calling for consultation with the federal government over the costs of its omnibus crime bill. Are the Conservatives on the right track when it comes to fighting crime?

DOCUMENT DETECTIVES: The NDP produced documents this week, stating they are proof that federal Cabinet Minister Tony Clement was involved in the choosing of projects for the G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund. What action should the government take, in response?

ANYTHING ELSE: What are the national political stories that matter most to you this week?


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Mark Sutcliffe

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.