This Sunday, Mark welcomes:
• Mia Rabson, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Winnipeg Free Press
• Peter O’Neil, Ottawa Correspondent for The Vancouver Sun
Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
COMBATING TERRORISM Two suspects are arrested for an alleged plot to derail a passenger train. Their arrests coincided with House of Commons debate of the government’s Combating Terrorism Act. The bill passed without NDP support. Are these measures appropriate?
POLITICAL AD WARS Political observers called Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s new ad everything from uplifting to boring. Meanwhile, Conservative MPs have plans to keep up their attack on Trudeau, this time in household flyers at taxpayers’ expense. Is this acceptable, as Conservatives claim? Or is it an abuse of taxpayers’ money and fostering cynicism, as Liberals say?
MPs’ RIGHT TO SPEAK The Speaker ruled he will give MPs a chance to speak in the House of Commons regardless of party approval. It was a victory for some Tory backbench MPs, who were otherwise expected to support a Liberal motion promoting the free speech of MPs. That motion was defeated. Will the speaker’s ruling resolve the power struggle between MPs and party leadership? Does it open a door to debate over more contentious issues such as abortion?
PATRIOTISM & DANGER PAY Debate continued over danger pay for troops in Afghanistan. The Minister of Defence said soldiers would not be asked to pay back money distributed due to an administrative error. Is the Harper government doing all it should for troops in Afghanistan?
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.