This Sunday, Mark welcomes:
• Elizabeth Thompson, Senior Political Writer, iPolitics.ca
• Andrew Cohen, columnist and professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication
Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
SENATE CONTROVERSIES REIGNITE The Senate introduced motions to suspend three senators: Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau. In Question Period, the Opposition demanded answers on the Senate expenses issue. The NDP accused the Prime Minister of breaching public trust and being in contempt of Parliament. How will these controversies affect the fall session of Parliament?
THRONE SPEECH A RESET? The Speech from the Throne this week kicked off the resumption of Parliament, promising balanced budget legislation as well as many crime and consumer-focused initiatives. Did this Throne Speech help set a new course? Was there anything missing in it?
CANADA-E.U. FREE TRADE DEAL The Prime Minister flew to Belgium to seal a free trade deal between Canada and the European Union. The government said it will create 80,000 jobs and bring a huge boost in trade. But Canadian dairy farmers are angered over the prospect of competing with more E.U. cheese in the Canadian marketplace. Who might be helped and hurt by this deal? What will be the benefits for the Canadian economy?
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.