This Sunday, in a special extended edition Mark explores the idea of “electoral cooperation” with a panel of political observers. He also welcomes:
• John Ibbitson, Chief Political Writer, The Globe and Mail / Co-author, The Big Shift
• Susan Riley, Freelance Columnist
Viewers are invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
NDP POLICIES AND POLITICS Amid recent polls showing NDP support sagging, the party gathers this weekend to debate policy—even toning down some socialist wording related to its constitution. Can moving toward the centre help the NDP regain support, or is it wrong to abandon its roots?
LIBERAL LEADERSHIP This Sunday, federal Liberals reveal who won their leadership race. But what happens next? Will attack ads from opponents take some of the shine off the new leader? Or will the Liberals continue to take support away from other parties?
FOREIGN WORKER OUTSOURCING News that an RBC supplier was training foreign workers to replace some Canadian staff sparked outrage across the country. RBC apologized. As other cases came to light, the Prime Minister suggested changes to the government’s temporary foreign workers program might be needed. Should Canadian companies be able to outsource work to stay competitive? Should more scrutiny be applied to this program?
THATCHER’S PLACE IN HISTORY The death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher ignited strong reaction around the world. Prime Minister Stephen Harper will lead a Canadian delegation attending her funeral. Was her leadership one that benefitted us all, as he wrote in a book of condolences?
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.