This Sunday, Mark welcomes Althia Raj, Ottawa Bureau Chief for The Huffington Post Canada, and John Geddes, Ottawa Bureau Chief for Maclean’s. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
FORD FIASCO Police documents revealed more allegations of the mayor of Toronto’s drug and alcohol use as well as inappropriate actions. Rob Ford says they are lies and he is taking legal action. Ford admitted he has bought drugs in the last two years. Yet, despite public protests and councillors’ demands, Ford refuses to take leave or resign. What should Ford do? Will the situation be resolved before the next election?
BUDGET SURPLUS BY 2015? In a fall economic update, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty projected a budget surplus of $3.7 billion by 2015. Is the government taking the right approach to managing its finances? Was the update realistic or was it more about elections and public relations, as the NDP claimed?
MANDATORY MINIMUMS Ontario’s Court of Appeal struck down a three-year mandatory minimum sentence for gun possession, ruling it was unconstitutional. Does this signal that the Conservative government should reconsider these sentences, as part of its tough-on-crime agenda?
SENATE REFORM HEARINGS The Supreme Court of Canada held hearings into Senate reform. The federal government wants to know what powers it has to make certain changes and what rules apply. Now that we’ve heard from federal and provincial lawyers, does reforming or abolishing the Senate appear likely to happen?
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.