This Sunday, Mark welcomes:
• Stephanie Levitz, National Reporter, The Canadian Press
• Bob Plamondon, Author and Public Policy Consultant
Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
PALESTINIAN BID PASSES AT U.N. Amid controversy and warnings of consequences, Canada voted against recognizing Palestine as a non-member observer state in the United Nations. The motion passed with support from many countries. Is the Canadian government right to oppose more recognition for Palestine? Will it affect Canada’s role in the Middle East?
UNDER FIRE, OR FIRED It has been a year of scandals among municipal politicians in Canada. This week a judge found the mayor of Toronto guilty of conflict of interest and ordered him out of office. Rob Ford is appealing the ruling. Did the punishment fit the crime in this case? And why are so many Canadian politicians in trouble?
BY-ELECTIONS RESULTS In Monday’s three by-elections, the Tories won back two seats, the NDP held onto the third. Why did the Conservatives struggle to hold a seat in Calgary? What’s behind the Green Party’s surge in Victoria? Do the results suggest major shifts in support, or should they be disregarded because by-elections are anomalies?
MORE VIE TO LEAD LIBS Quebec MP Marc Garneau jumped into the leadership race along with two other Liberals. How much of a contest will Garneau give Trudeau? Will the uproar over Trudeau’s Alberta comments continue to haunt him? And is there anything else that could trip up any of the candidates?
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.