This Sunday, Mark welcomes: Susan Riley (freelance columnist) and John Geddes (Ottawa bureau chief, Maclean’s)
Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
OPPOSITION GEARS UP — The NDP began staging a virtual Question Period on Twitter, demanding answers from government about the Senate expenses controversy. And Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau announced Liberal MPs and senators are starting to log their expenses. They plan to post them online later this fall. Just how effective can opposition parties be, with the House of Commons not resuming until mid-October?
CHILD PREDATORS ACT — Convicted sex offenders will have to notify police of plans for international travel. And there will be a national online database of high-risk child sex offenders. Those measures are to be part of the government’s Tougher Penalties for Child Predators Act to be introduced in fall 2013. Are these measures appropriate? Or do they infringe on human rights? And has the Conservative government now delivered on its tough-on-crime agenda?
CHARTER OF VALUES DEBATE — Quebec’s Parti Québécois government said it has no plans to make more than minor changes to its controversial Charter of Values. The proposed plan to ban civil servants from wearing religious clothing at work continues to stir up debate. The prime minister said he expected it to fail. Will it pass through Quebec’s legislature? And how has it already affected Quebec and Canada?
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.