March 11, 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:

Louise Elliott, Parliamentary Reporter for CBC Radio
Andrew Cohen, author, columnist and professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication

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

AIRLINE ACTION: The Minister of Labour Lisa Raitt refers Air Canada’s disputes with its pilots and machinists to the Canada Industrial Relations Board, to avoid any strike or lockout during March break. Is the federal government right to step in to protect Canadian travellers? Or is it interfering in the collective bargaining process?

UNETHICAL CAMPAIGNING: There are more allegations of questionable tactics in the last federal election, and a defeated candidate is considering a court challenge of the results in his riding. Meanwhile, the Conservatives surprise the Opposition by supporting a motion to give more clout to Elections Canada. What steps need to be taken to restore confidence in our democratic process?

SLEEPY MP: Veterans are calling for the removal of a Conservative MP from the Veterans Affairs Committee. When first confronted for falling asleep at a meeting, Rob Anders called his accusers “NDP hacks” and communists. His subsequent apology in the House doesn’t appear to satisfy those he insulted. Should the Calgary MP be removed from the committee?

SPEAKER RULINGS: The Speaker of the House rules that online videos by the hacker group Anonymous are a possible breach of MP privileges. The videos target the Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews and the online surveillance legislation, Bill C-30. The Speaker also called the Vikileaks Twitter account an unacceptable use of House IT resources. Have the attacks against Toews crossed the line?

NDP COUNTDOWN: The NDP leadership race revs up with just two weeks until decision day. Who would do the best job as leader of the party and Official Opposition? Who will be kingmaker?

GOLD PIG AWARD: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has given its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award to Gilles Duceppe. It says the former Bloc Québécois leader is collecting over $140,000 every year from taxpayers for his devoted service of trying to break up the country. Should a fairly elected MP be singled out for his politics?

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.