This Sunday, Mark welcomes:
• Stephanie Levitz, National Reporter, The Canadian Press
• Christopher Waddell, Director, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University
Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
SENATE EXPENSE ISSUES Another Senator is now embroiled in controversy. Pamela Wallin defended her travel expenses and the Prime Minister backed her up. Should the RCMP investigate cases of questionable spending, as the NDP suggested?
VALUES AND AID An anti-gay statement by a CIDA funded faith group triggered debate. The NDP leader said the values of evangelical Christian groups are not Canadian values. Just who should get funding from the Canadian International Development Agency?
BYE-BYE BILL C-30 Protesters have won the battle against the Internet surveillance bill. The government this week killed it, claiming to have listened to Canadians. Opposition demanded the Public Safety Minister apologize for saying a year ago that those who opposed it were on the side of child pornographers. Should Vic Toews apologize? And what does this reversal say about the Harper government?
CANADA-U.S. RELATIONS U.S. President Barack Obama focused on energy security and climate change in his State of the Union address. But with no mention of the Keystone XL pipeline, and no decision yet, what message did that send to Canada? And what message should Canada be sending to its southern neighbour?
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.