This Sunday, Mark welcomes Susan Lunn, national reporter for CBC Radio’s Parliamentary Bureau, and Bob Plamondon, author and public policy consultant. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
SENATE SCANDAL: RCMP ALLEGATIONS RCMP court documents allege the prime minister’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, and Senator Mike Duffy broke the law. The documents suggest that the Conservative Party considered paying Duffy before Wright did. The RCMP also alleges the government tried to influence a Senate subcommittee and an audit looking into Duffy’s expenses. What do the court documents tell us about the actions of the PMO, key senators, and the prime minister? What contradictions do they reveal in previous statements? And what will be the final result of this investigation?
BY-ELECTIONS & PARTY PROSPECTS Voters go to the polls November 25th in four by-elections. Three out of four have been hotly contested races. What do these by-elections tell us about the popularity of each party? What do they tell us about the lead-up to the next general election?
FORD CONTROVERSIES CONTINUE Toronto city council this week further reduced its mayor’s power. While the prime minister said it’s up to the city to resolve issues, one Conservative cabinet minister said Rob Ford should resign. Did city council take the right action? Or was it reversing the result of the last election? And should federal and provincial politicians be speaking out or staying out of the discussion?
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.