February 12, 2012

The Week with Mark Sutcliffe

February 12, 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:

Susan Riley, Columnist for the Ottawa Citizen
Lawrence Martin, Columnist for The Globe and Mail

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

CANADA-CHINA TRADE: The prime minister’s trip to China produces trade agreements totalling as much as $3 billion. Should Canada continue to do more trade with China? And did the prime minister do enough to raise human rights issues while he was there, or was the focus too much on business?

DEATH PENALTY POLL: Three in five Canadians support the return of the death penalty. Is it time for a new debate about capital punishment? Would it be a deterrent? And would it save taxpayers money?

EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES? The public safety minister told Canada’s spy agency a year ago that it could use information that may have been gathered by means of torture. The opposition says it’s a reversal of government policy. Human rights advocates say it’s wrong. But when national safety and human lives are at risk, should we discard information that may have been gained through torture?

PENSION PREDICTION: The parliamentary budget officer says Old Age Security is not facing a crisis. Kevin Page says it is both sustainable and affordable, contrary to what the Prime Minister and cabinet ministers are saying. Should the government be increasing what it spends on OAS?

NEW CENSUS: For the first time in history, Canada’s population west of Ontario outnumbers its population in the east. What does this mean for our political parties?

JUBILEE MEDALS: Some Quebec MPs are refusing to accept the medals being handed out to all MPs and thousands of Canadians, to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This is to protest the use of public money being spent on celebrations. Should we be concerned about costs, or is it an occasion to truly celebrate?

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.