This Sunday, Mark welcomes:
• Susan Riley, freelance columnist
• Bob Plamondon, author and public policy consultant
• John Ibbitson, Chief Political Writer, The Globe and Mail
Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
HOUSE OF COMMONS ADJOURNS The spring sitting wrapped up in the House of Commons, with opposition accusing the prime minister of dodging Parliament. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair said Canadians needed answers from Stephen Harper about the Senate expense scandal. The government highlighted the number of bills it passed. How much have issues like the Senate expense scandal overshadowed the government’s agenda? And what changes might Canadians see in the next cabinet shuffle?
PMO & TRUDEAU FEES The Prime Minister’s Office was criticised for trying to anonymously leak a story about Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and his speaking engagement fees. Trudeau has been under attack for charging fees as an MP, prior to his leadership campaign. Does Trudeau’s offer to return fees to any who request them, make things right? Was the PMO wrong to play what some observers say is partisan politics?
EUROPEAN TRIP A SUCCESS? The prime minister returned from a trip to Europe and the G8 summit this week without a trade agreement between Canada and the European Union—one that some observers said he badly needed to offset domestic controversies. Will the government be able to lock in an agreement, and at what cost? And after significant debate at the G8 summit, is Canada’s position on Syria the right one?
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.