This Sunday, guest host Martin Stringer welcomes:
• Louise Elliott, National Reporter, Parliamentary Bureau, CBC Radio
• John Geddes, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Maclean’s
Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
HUNGER STRIKE OVER Chief Theresa Spence ended her six-week liquid diet with chiefs and Opposition parties committing to continue her cause. Just how much did Spence achieve? Given reports of division among chiefs and the emergence of the Idle No More movement, where should First Nations go from here? And has the Prime Minister responded appropriately?
ONTARIO’S NEW LIBERAL PREMIER Ontario’s Liberals meet this weekend to choose a new leader. Is the winning candidate the right person to lead the party and the province?
JOBS, GROWTH, INTEREST RATES The Bank of Canada announced that due to a slowing economy, interest rates will remain low longer than expected. What does this mean for the Harper government? What should be the country’s economic priorities? And who should replace the Parliamentary Budget Officer—who analyses the state of the nation’s finances—when his term ends?
CANADA & NORTH AFRICA The debate continues over Canada’s involvement in the conflict in Mali. What should Canada’s role be? Meanwhile, the Algerian government continues to allege that Canadians may have been one or more of the hostage-takers in the gas plant attack. If so, what does it mean for Canada?
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.