This Sunday, Mark welcomes Althia Raj, Ottawa Bureau Chief for The Huffington Post Canada, and Andrew Cohen, author, columnist and professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
SCANDAL UNDER SCRUTINY Opposition demanded more answers about allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office interfered in an independent audit of Senator Mike Duffy’s expenses. They want two individuals, named in RCMP documents, questioned. Will we ever hear from these key figures connected to the audit? And what will the RCMP learn from emails once thought deleted that have now resurfaced?
REFORM ACT DEBATE If a Conservative backbencher’s bill is passed, it would give party caucus members the power to call for leadership reviews, even oust a leader. The bill, tabled this week, would also remove the party leader’s veto power over candidates selected by riding associations to run in elections. Is this Reform Act the answer, or does it have flaws? And how likely is the bill to pass?
PM TO VISIT ISRAEL The Prime Minister announced he will make his first trip to Israel in early 2014. Canada most recently stood in support of Israel by expressing scepticism over a deal that prevents Iran from getting nuclear weapons. What message will Harper’s visit send to the world, and to Canadians?
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.