This Sunday, Mark welcomes:
• Susan Riley, freelance columnist
• Bob Plamondon, author and public policy consultant
Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
HOUSE OF COMMONS RESUMES MPs return to Parliament Hill October 16th. The Speech from the Throne is expected to focus on the economy, consumers and families. Debate on the fortunes of all the parties is underway, especially after provincial Liberals won this week’s Nova Scotia election. What should be at the top of the government’s agenda? How much of a factor was federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau in Nova Scotia’s results?
DUFFY & NEW INVESTIGATION Senator Mike Duffy is now at the centre of an investigation looking into more than $64,000 in contracts he gave to a friend, for reportedly doing little to no work. Police documents filed this week also reveal that the prime minister’s former chief-of-staff kept a binder full of information regarding the senator. How will this latest investigation and revelation affect the government and the calls for Senate reform?
BRAZIL ACCUSES CANADA OF SPYING Canadian-Brazilian relations grew strained with allegations that Canada was spying on Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Canadian officials are reaching out. The chief of Communications Security Establishment Canada said the agency abides by Canadian law. Is it acceptable for Canada to spy on another country? Was this a matter of national security or economic competition?
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.