March 4, 2012

This Sunday, Mark welcomes two guests 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 with the Ottawa Citizen
Bob Plamondon, Public Policy Consultant

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

DIALINGS AND DEMOCRACY: The accusations were flying this week in the House of Commons as the robocall scandal escalated. The Conservatives say it’s a smear campaign. The opposition wants a public inquiry. How widespread were the misleading phone calls during the last federal election? And how much have they hurt our democracy?

VIKILEAKS UNCOVERED: Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae made a full apology for the controversial website Vikileaks30. A Liberal employee was responsible. That staff person has now resigned, but the government and the Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews, who was the target of the website, want more answers. Is the matter closed? And does the revelation impact the credibility of the Liberals?

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY: The parliamentary budget officer says Parliament is starving for the financial information it needs in order to oversee spending. He blames the federal government and its public servants for not sharing financial and risk analysis. And Kevin Page also says new federal crime measures will cost the provinces millions of dollars. Do MPs have enough information to properly manage your tax dollars? And is the omnibus crime bill too expensive?

POWER PLAYS: Alberta Premier Alison Redford says her counterpart in Ontario owes her province an apology after saying he would prefer a low Canadian dollar to a booming oil and gas sector in Western Canada. Dalton McGuinty said the higher dollar has hurt Ontario’s exports. Does the rest of Canada benefit from Alberta’s oil? And was it a mistake to criticize the impact on the dollar?

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.