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;
Louise Elliott, Parliamentary Reporter for CBC Radio.
Tune in, call in, and tweet in, this Sunday, to talk about:
EUROZONE CRISIS: The Prime Minister is calling for European leaders to move decisively to fix their economic crisis, before it spreads worldwide. Stephen Harper, in Europe this week, said the eurozone has to establish confidence in the markets by having a plan. The opposition here at home is asking what Harper’s plan is. The interim Liberal leader compares him to Louis XIV in his own approach to working with the provinces. How can Canada protect itself from the crisis abroad? And is Harper right to chastise European countries?
LIBERAL LEADERSHIP: Bob Rae says he will decide this month if he will run in a Liberal leadership race, to try to turn his current interim position into a permanent one. The party’s national executive is expected next week to lift a restriction imposed on Rae when he took the interim role as leader. Should Rae be allowed to run? And if he does, what impact will it have on the race?
ELECTIONS CANADA INVESTIGATES: The opposition wants Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro to step aside as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. Del Mastro—who has repeatedly defended his party against allegations of electoral fraud—is being investigated himself by Elections Canada, according to a Postmedia News report. Meanwhile, the NDP would not reveal how much money it had to pay back to unions—for events sponsored at a national convention last year—after being found in violation of political financing laws. Should Del Mastro step aside as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister? And should the NDP say how much it had to pay back?
WHEN LIFE BEGINS? The Prime Minister’s Office applied pressure this week to Conservative MPs to vote down a private member’s motion that would reopen the abortion debate. That vote had been expected to take place next week but the Ontario Conservative MP behind it, is now delaying it until fall. Kitchener Centre’s Stephen Woodworth wants a parliamentary committee to review the legal definition of when a fetus becomes a human being. If a motion is put to a free vote, should the Prime Minister influence MPs to vote with him?
BUDGET BILL DELAY TACTICS: The opposition is tabling hundreds of amendments to Bill C-38 which could force hours of votes in the House of Commons next week. Opposition parties are looking at ways to tie up proceedings in an attempt to get the government to break up the budget implementation bill into smaller pieces. The bill is more than 400 pages long and impacts everything from the environment and fisheries to Employment Insurance. Is the opposition taking the best course of action?
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.