This Sunday, Mark begins a new season of The Week and welcomes Mark Kennedy, (parliamentary bureau chief, Postmedia News), Althia Raj (Ottawa bureau chief, The Huffington Post Canada).
Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
CHARTER OF VALUES? The Quebec government released its proposed Charter of Values, sparking a national firestorm. The charter would ban Quebec public servants from wearing conspicuous religious symbols on the job. Opponents claim it discriminates and violates the rights of religious freedom. But the charter has won support from one major union representing public servants. Is the charter acceptable? And what would happen if it became law?
POLLS AND POLITICS A new poll shows support for the top three federal parties in a near three-way tie. And another survey shows the Liberal leader’s admission that he smoked pot did little to change his public image. What do the polls say about the performance of the parties and their leaders?
HOUSE OF COMMONS RESUMES MID-OCTOBER The Harper government postponed the resumption of Parliament. The NDP accused Conservatives of avoiding questions about Senate expenses. Is it right for the Prime Minister to have prorogued the House of Commons? What should form the government agenda in the coming Throne Speech?
CANADA’S ROLE IN SYRIAN CRISIS The Syrian regime accepted a plan to turn over its chemical weapons. But Syria denied American accusations it used poison-gas in an August attack. The President of the United States continued to threaten military action if negotiations fail. Is Canada doing all it should in the crisis?
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.