This Sunday, Mark welcomes two veteran 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 for Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication
Tune in, call in, and tweet in, this Sunday, to talk about:
LIBERAL RACE OR CORONATION? The name Justin Trudeau lit up social and mainstream media this week with news the Quebec MP plans to run for the Liberal leadership. Is Trudeau just who the party needs? Can he live up to the early hype around his candidacy? And with such a well-known candidate in the running, how many others will now enter the race?
DEFEAT REVEALS DIVIDE: Opposition and pro-choice advocates want the Minister for the Status of Women to resign. Rona Ambrose voted in favour of a motion to study when human life begins. So did several other cabinet ministers. But the motion, which would reopen the abortion debate, was defeated. Is this the end of the issue in Parliament? And should Ambrose step down? Did she betray women, as her critics claim?
JOINT EMBASSIES, MIXED REVIEWS: An agreement between Canada and Britain to share some diplomatic facilities prompted a sharp exchange in the House of Commons. Does Canada risk losing any of its independence with this cost-cutting move? Will it hurt this nation’s international reputation? And how can Canada share facilities with a country it competes with, for international trade and investment?
INTERNATIONAL LINES: The Canadian delegation to a United Nations National Assembly walked out before a speech by the Iranian president. The prime minister riled critics for travelling to New York—not to address the UN, but to accept an award and meet world leaders. What role can Canada play now, to help prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons? Does the government side with sanctions and diplomacy, or draw what the Israeli prime minister calls a “red line?”
RATE YOUR PRIME MINISTER: A new poll says one in four Canadians rate the current prime minister as the worst since 1968. Meanwhile, some political observers fear the demise of democracy under his watch, citing the omnibus bill as a case in point. Is the state of democracy in Canada better or worse since the Conservatives won a majority government?
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.