This Sunday, Mark welcomes:
• Althia Raj, Ottawa Bureau Chief, The Huffington Post Canada
• Lawrence Martin, Columnist, The Globe and Mail
Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
NEW SUPREME COURT JUDGE The prime minister confirmed the appointment of Justice Marc Nadon to the Supreme Court of Canada. Nadon, who has extensive experience, admitted to a parliamentary committee he will need to learn more about criminal law. His appointment prompted debate about the gender balance on the Supreme Court. What does this appointment say about the government’s priorities? And should legal excellence rank ahead of diversity when appointing justices?
TAKE DNA AT ARREST? The government said it is looking at the option of gathering DNA samples from some suspects at the time of their arrest, not just on conviction. Is this the right thing to do, as at least one Canadian police chief said? Or is it a violation of civil liberties, as some critics warn?
U.S. SHUTDOWN & DEBT CRISIS The United States suffers the effects of a government shutdown. Financial observers predict a slowdown for the Canadian economy if the U.S. also defaults on its debt. America’s Treasury Department warned if Congress does not extend the U.S. debt ceiling by October 17th, it could bring an economic recession in the U.S. that would be more severe than any since the Great Depression. What would be the consequences for Canada? Worldwide?
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.