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:
EXPENSE CONTROVERSIES CONTINUE The RCMP is now investigating the payment made by the prime minister’s former chief of staff to Senator Mike Duffy. As a result, the federal ethics commissioner suspended her examination. Meanwhile, a Senate committee has given Senators Mac Harb and Patrick Brazeau 30 days to pay back questionable expense claims. It said Harb now owes more than $230,000. Will the RCMP investigation lead to any charges? And when will Canadians have a clearer picture of the tax dollars spent by MPs and Senators?
HARPER IN EUROPE Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the British Parliament that a trade deal such as the one in the works between Canada and the European Union would increase two-way trade by 20 per cent. How important is this trade deal to Harper and his government? To Canadians? And what should Canada try to achieve at next week’s G8 Summit?
EUTHANASIA DEBATE A controversial right-to-die bill has been introduced in Quebec’s National Assembly. If passed, it would be landmark legislation. Should people have the right to ask for medical assistance to end their lives? Is this strictly a provincial matter, as the Quebec government argues, or does it fall under Canada’s Criminal Code?
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.