This Sunday, Mark welcomes:
• John Ibbitson, Chief Political Writer, The Globe and Mail
• Susan Riley, Freelance Columnist
Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
LIBERALS & ALBERTA Two Liberal MPs are embroiled in controversy over their comments on the west. A 2010 interview surfaced—one in which leadership candidate Justin Trudeau said Canada wasn’t doing well because Albertans run the country. Meanwhile, the natural resources critic resigned after saying Alberta MPs should go home since they put provincial interests first. How much will these comments hurt Liberal by-election chances?
CANADA SUPPORTS ISRAEL Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said his government’s full support of Israel has resulted in a “barrage of vile reaction” but, he said, true friends are there when needed most. Is Canada taking the right stand in the current conflict?
PM IN ACTION A recent poll calls the prime minister the most competent of the party leaders but to Canada’s premiers he was an absent leader this week. Stephen Harper declined an invitation to attend their economic meeting in Halifax. Yet he did not decline offering economic advice to the U.S. Should the prime minister have joined the premiers? And how much could the fiscal issues in the U.S. affect Canada?
HILL MISDEEDS? A former Liberal cabinet minister has been charged over alleged inappropriate use of funds. He says he’s innocent. A senator’s claim for housing allowance is under review. How easy might it be for any parliamentarian to bend or break rules?
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.