This Sunday, Mark welcomes:
• Elizabeth Thompson, Senior Political Writer, iPolitics.ca
• Andrew Cohen, 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:
AUDIT OF SENATORS’ EXPENSES Three senators should not have claimed tens of thousands of dollars for housing expenses. That’s the conclusion of an audit tabled this week in the Senate. One senator has already returned the money. But Senator Mac Harb quit the Liberal caucus and retained a lawyer. Should the RCMP investigate, as some senators and MPs are suggesting?
DATA QUESTIONED The 2011 National Household Survey shows the country’s demographics are changing. Visible minorities and Aboriginals represent a growing portion of the population. But some critics question the quality of the data. Are the numbers reliable? And what do they say about the changing face of Canada?
WINNING LABRADOR Voters go to the polls in a Labrador byelection Monday. Opinion polls predict a Liberal landslide. Meanwhile, Justin Trudeau thanked supporters for donating more than a million dollars since he became Liberal leader. Is the byelection an indicator of what’s ahead? And who’s winning the fundraising battle?
OIL SANDS & CLIMATE SCIENCE A dozen scientists urged the Minister of Natural Resources to move away from a “dangerous pathway” of fossil fuel production that leads to climate warming. This followed critical comments from a former United States vice-president. Are Al Gore’s comments inaccurate and exaggerated, as Joe Oliver claimed? How well is the government navigating the issues of pipelines, oil sands development and climate change?
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.