This Sunday, Mark welcomes:
• Elizabeth Thompson, Senior Political Writer, iPolitics.ca
• Andrew Cohen, author, columnist and professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication
Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
PARTY POSITIONING Liberal leadership candidates make a final pitch this weekend before voting begins. The Conservatives are reported to be ready to launch an attack ad campaign against Justin Trudeau. Meanwhile, the NDP could soon reposition itself, stepping back from its socialist roots. Is Justin Trudeau qualified to be Prime Minister, as almost half of recently polled Canadians say he is? How big a challenge does the NDP now face to win support?
CANADIAN TERRORISTS Two Canadian militants involved in January’s deadly Algerian gas plant attack came from London, Ontario. The RCMP is asking for help in its investigation. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Canada is not immune to domestic radicalization. Are we doing enough to prevent homegrown terrorism?
ROBOCALL INVESTIGATION Elections Canada charged a former Conservative Guelph campaign worker for preventing, or trying to prevent, a voter from casting a ballot in the 2011 federal election. Should a full public inquiry be launched as some, including Michael Sona’s lawyer, believe?
WELCOME GUIDE WORDS An updated welcome guide for newcomers to Canada outlines practices not tolerated in this country. It calls spousal abuse, female genital mutilation, and honour crimes barbaric cultural practices. But critics question if this description leads to stigmatization. Could it?
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.