This Sunday, Mark welcomes Althia Raj, Ottawa Bureau Chief for The Huffington Post Canada and John Ibbitson, Chief Political Writer for The Globe and Mail.
Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
SENATE CONTROVERSIES ESCALATE Explosive allegations of political interference, personal vendettas, bribery and conspiracies consumed Parliament Hill this week. In the red chamber, senators hotly debated Conservative motions to suspend, without pay or benefits, Senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau. They have all been accused of making inappropriate claims. They made statements in their own defence, protesting it would be unfair. In the House of Commons, the prime minister said he supported the motions. Stephen Harper also flatly denied prior knowledge of any cheque exchanged between his former chief of staff and Duffy. Opposition continued to demand answers over his involvement in events.
Is it right for the Senate to suspend these senators? What does this action mean for other senators? After all the statements and allegations this week, who should Canadians believe, and why? What does this controversy mean for the future of the Senate? And how will all these developments affect the Harper government?
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.