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:
CLARITY BEYOND CLARITY ACT The NDP came under fire from both Conservatives and Liberals for tabling a private member’s bill that reopens Quebec sovereignty issues. Why is the NDP proposing this Unity Act now? With no referendum on the horizon, should the government be revisiting the terms of separation?
FIRST NATIONS ISSUES The Opposition criticized the Prime Minister for ignoring First Nations issues when he outlined priorities for a new session of Parliament. Idle No More protesters continued demands for action. Is the government making any significant progress addressing First Nations issues?
LIBERAL LEADERSHIP Federal Liberal leadership candidates stage their second televised debate this weekend. Are they capturing the attention of Canadians?
HOUSEHOLD DEBT CONCERNS High Canadian consumer debt and house prices triggered Moody’s Investors Service to downgrade the long-term credit ratings of six Canadian banks. Meanwhile, TD Bank reported that higher numbers of unemployed youth will hurt our economy. Should the government do more to help reduce household debt? And should it focus more on employment for youth?
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.