This Sunday, Mark welcomes:
• Mark Kennedy, Parliamentary Bureau Chief, Postmedia News
• Stephanie Levitz, National Reporter, The Canadian Press
Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
LIBERAL LEADERSHIP NUMBERS Marc Garneau dropped out of the Liberal leadership race, saying he did the math and he would not beat frontrunner Justin Trudeau. Meanwhile, the number of Liberal supporters, who took the next step to register as voters, was so low that the deadline for registration was extended. Was Garneau too quick to end his campaign for leadership?
MULCAIR WARNS U.S. Provincial and federal politicians criticised NDP leader Thomas Mulcair for speaking out against the Keystone XL pipeline and Canada’s environmental record during a visit to the United States. Is it wrong for an opposition leader to voice dissent when meeting with officials in another country?
BUDGET DATE SET The Finance Minister announced his budget will be tabled in the House of Commons next Thursday. It is expected to be a stay-the-course budget featuring fiscal restraint. Despite slow economic growth, Jim Flaherty said he intends to balance the books by 2015, and continued to shun risky spending. Is the government on the right course? Should balancing the budget be the top priority?
MINISTER RESIGNS Intergovernmental Affairs Minister and Labrador MP, Peter Penashue, resigned his seat over ineligible campaign donations. Should Penashue have resigned months ago, when the Liberals called for him to do so?
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.