This Sunday, Mark welcomes:
• John Ibbitson, Chief Political Writer, The Globe and Mail / Co-author, The Big Shift
• Susan Riley, Freelance Columnist
Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
TORY SUPPORT A new poll shows support for the Conservatives is at its lowest since 2009, and the Liberals are very close behind. Canadians had a chance this week to size up the Liberal leadership frontrunner as he sparred in Question Period with the Prime Minister. Meanwhile the Manning Networking Conference looks at ways to build the Conservative movement. Is Conservative support eroding or are demographics and other pressures in Canada making it easier for them to hold onto power?
FLAHERTY ON INTEREST RATES The Minister of Finance cautioned Canadian banks not to get into risky lending—the kind that prompted the U.S. housing crisis. The Bank of Canada said it expects to keep its interest rate at 1% for the foreseeable future, in a continued attempt to stimulate the economy. What’s the best balance between economic stimulus and responsible borrowing?
PENTAGON REPORT PANS F-35 The Opposition demanded the government drop the F-35s, citing a leaked Pentagon report that highlights the jet’s flaws. Are there now enough reasons for Canada to abandon the F-35 as a replacement for its CF-18s, and consider the other options?
MOTION TO ABOLISH SENATE DEFEATED Conservative and Liberal MPs defeated an NDP motion to abolish the Senate. In light of recent Senate expense controversies, should the Senate be abolished or will reforming it solve problems?
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.