This Sunday, Mark welcomes:
• Elizabeth Thompson, Senior Political Writer, iPolitics.ca
• Bob Plamondon, Author and Public Policy Consultant
Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
RED CHAMBER CONTROVERSIES A Senate committee reported expense claims are in order for all but four senators. Their cases have been sent to outside auditors. What qualifications must senators meet to be able to represent their provinces? Will the public ever learn all the details about their claims?
EI REFORM Protest continued over Employment Insurance reform. The NDP called the government ‘thugs’ for attacking the jobless. The government argued it set targets, not quotas, for EI investigators. What impact are EI reforms having on industries, the provinces and people?
FLANAGAN SORRY A former adviser to the Prime Minister is being publicly condemned for his comments about child pornography. Is Tom Flanagan’s apology sufficient?
PBO ON SHIPS The Parliamentary Budget Officer says the cost to replace military ships is over $4 billion, not the $2.6 billion the government claims. Is the government under-budgeting the cost of the ships, just as the PBO warned it did for the F-35s? And who will replace Kevin Page as the next PBO?
LIBERAL LEADERSHIP George Takach ended his leadership campaign to support Justin Trudeau. Will this weekend’s fourth all-candidates debate change the race? Are there issues the candidates are not talking about, which they should be?
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.