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:
John Ibbitson, Ottawa Bureau Chief for The Globe and Mail
Susan Riley, Columnist for the Ottawa Citizen
Tune in, call in, and tweet in, this Sunday, to talk about:
BUDGET BATTLE LINES: The federal government says its budget is about prosperity, not austerity. This was the first budget delivered by a Harper majority government and one poorly received by the opposition. Highlights include $5.2 billion in cuts to annual federal spending; the elimination of over 19,000 federal positions; and a shift in the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement from 65 to 67, starting in 2023. Does this budget transform government and the country? Did it go far enough—or does it go too far—in cutting spending to reduce the deficit?
MULCAIR AND THE NDP: The new NDP leader hit the ground running this week. Thomas Mulcair led the Official Opposition for the first time in Question Period, addressed his caucus on Wednesday, and faced off for the first time with the prime minister on budget day. A recent poll shows them tied for being trustworthy. How did Mulcair perform in his first week in the new job? And how are other parties trying to define him?
ANYTHING ELSE: What are the national political stories that matter most to you this 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.