This Sunday, Mark welcomes:
Susan Riley, Freelance Columnist
Mark Kennedy, Parliamentary Bureau Chief, Postmedia News
Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
CONSERVATIVE CONVENTION The Conservative Party holds a national convention in Calgary. It is the first time the prime minister faces the party base since the Senate controversies began. How well is Stephen Harper handling the event and the issues? Will this convention help or hurt the party?
SENATE SCANDAL GROWS The Senate scandal exploded this week with new allegations. Senator Mike Duffy produced a second cheque—one he said was arranged by the Prime Minister’s Office to cover his legal fees. In Question Period, the opposition grilled the prime minister. Meanwhile, heated debate continued in the Senate over a move to suspend Duffy, as well as Senators Patrick Brazeau and Pamela Wallin. Is the new government motion—to suspend the three senators without pay but with health benefits—acceptable? Or should due process still be a concern? Will Canadians ever hear the whole story behind the Senate controversies?
CANADA-EU TRADE DEAL DEBATE The government revealed more details about the trade deal between Canada and the European Union, triggering more debate on its impact. Critics say it will hurt Canadian employment and eventually cost consumers and provinces, due to patent protections on pharmaceuticals. One report says European exporters will save far more than Canadians on duty. Does the agreement look like a good or bad deal for 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.