This Sunday, Mark welcomes two 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
Stephanie Levitz, National Reporter for The Canadian Press
Tune in, call in, and tweet in, this Sunday, to talk about:
BLACK PERMITTED BACK: The opposition claims former media baron, Conrad Black, is receiving special treatment by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration. He was granted a one-year temporary permit to live in Canada. It was approved while he was in an American prison serving time for fraud and obstruction of justice. Should Black be given this resident permit, despite having renounced his Canadian citizenship? Is the government giving him special treatment?
QUEBEC UNREST: Rowdy protests and class disruptions continue in Quebec, in the fight over tuition fees. Student groups don’t want the Quebec government to raise them. Politicians from both government and opposition have suggested it may take an election to resolve the issue. Are students justified in blocking classes? After years of tuition freezes, and some of the lowest rates in the country, are their expectations realistic?
LIBERAL LEADERSHIP RACE: The Liberal Party president says there are now a number of people interested in vying for the Liberal leadership. Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae won’t rule out a run for it. The party marked the first anniversary of a milestone this week: the election that brought them to an historic low. Given the rise of the NDP and Conservatives, is there a path back to power for the Liberal Party? Will there be a race for the Liberal leadership, or will no one challenge Rae if he runs?
BUDGET BILL: Critics are angry with the Conservative government’s omnibus budget bill as well as the way in which it is being rushed through the House of Commons. Bill C-38 amends about 60 laws and eliminates several others. Second reading of it is being limited to seven days. The opposition claims it is an abuse of power. Is the government on the right track with Bill C-38? How will it impact our environment and our economy?
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.