This Sunday, Mark welcomes Elizabeth Thompson, senior political writer for iPolitics.ca, and Lawrence Martin, columnist for The Globe and Mail. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
FORD’S FATE Resounding calls for Toronto’s mayor to resign or step aside followed Rob Ford’s bombshell admission that he has smoked crack cocaine. And more inflammatory video surfaced. Will Ford take the advice of many observers? What damage has the Ford scandal done to the city?
SENATE: REFORM VS. ABOLISH The Senate voted to suspend Senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau but controversies continue. The Saskatchewan legislature this week passed a motion calling for the abolition of the Senate. Next week, the Supreme Court of Canada is scheduled to begin Senate reform hearings, without one of the judges from Quebec. Were the suspensions of the three senators the right outcome? Is the expense scandal colouring our views about reform or abolition? And can the Supreme Court consider reform without full representation from all provinces on the bench?
INVITATION BACKLASH A fundraiser featuring Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and organized by a group of women was strongly criticized by NDP and Conservative MPs. They called promotional material sexist and disrespectful. Was the invitation inappropriate? Or were his opponents overreacting?
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.