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 Geddes, Ottawa Bureau Chief for Maclean’s
-Louise Elliott, CBC Radio’s Parliamentary Reporter
Tune in, call in, and tweet in, this Sunday, to talk about:
F-35 SCANDAL: The opposition is calling for the prime minister to resign. The government claims it had no intent to deceive Parliament or the public. As accusations and questions continue, who is responsible for the government’s omission of $10 billion in life cycle costs for the F-35s?
PUBLIC SAFETY AND PINK SLIPS: Union leaders warn the safety of our borders, our food, and the environment will all be impacted by billions of dollars in federal cuts. Thousands of public servants received notice this week that they will be laid off, retrained or shuffled. As more details and targets become clear, is the government on the right track with its cuts?
PROVINCIAL POLITICS IN PLAY: Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party is trying to hang onto power in a tight and sometimes nasty race with the Wildrose Party. The provincial election is April 23rd. Meanwhile, Ontario’s minority Liberal government is fighting to get its budget passed. The province’s NDP holds the cards and is asking for more taxes on the rich. In what direction will each province turn?
IMMIGRATION CHANGES: The federal government plans to open more doors to foreign tradespeople, introduce language testing to some immigrants and centralize immigrant settlement services. Meanwhile, immigration lawyers are warning there could be lawsuits over reforms aimed at eliminating the application backlog. Will the changes be a positive step forward for our work force? Will they change our society?
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 The Chat Room weekday mornings on 580 CFRA in Ottawa, writes two weekly columns in the Ottawa Citizen 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 Why I Run and was formerly Executive Editor of the Citizen.