This Sunday, Mark welcomes John Ibbitson, chief political writer for The Globe and Mail, and freelance columnist Susan Riley. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
BY-ELECTIONS BAROMETER Seat distribution in the House of Commons did not change after the by-elections, but the Liberal Party made huge gains in voter support in all four ridings. What does this foreshadow for the 2015 election? And how will by-election results change party strategies?
SENATE SCANDAL & DUFFY AUDIT The firm hired to review Senator Mike Duffy’s expenses said its audit was not compromised. RCMP documents indicate a Conservative senator and fundraiser had called a contact at the firm wanting to know if the audit would be halted if Duffy repaid expenses. In Question Period, focus on the Senate scandal continued. Now that we know there were more people involved, should the Prime Minister take action against any others?
ALLEGATIONS OF SPYING Opposition demanded more details about media reports that the Harper government coordinated with America’s spy agency to monitor 2010 global summits held in Canada. What role did Communications Security Establishment Canada play? Was this alleged activity illegal?
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.