This Sunday, Mark welcomes Elizabeth Thompson, senior political writer for iPolitics.ca, and John Ibbitson, chief political writer for The Globe and Mail. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
MAIL SERVICE CUTS Big changes announced for mail delivery in Canada prompted strong reaction. Canada Post plans to phase out door-to-door delivery, raise stamp prices and cut staff to address a growing revenue shortfall. But critics say the changes will hurt charities, small businesses, seniors and disabled Canadians. Should the government back these changes to stem the losses? And will the new strategy help Canada Post survive?
PARLIAMENT ON RECESS The Harper government praised its record as the fall sitting came to a close for the holidays. Meanwhile, Conservative Senator Hugh Segal revealed he will retire next June. What did the government accomplish in 2013? Who is winning the battle between opposition parties? And what issues will dominate the agenda when Parliament resumes in January?
MANDELA 1918-2013 The world this week celebrated the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela. A Canadian delegation attended a memorial service for the anti-apartheid leader and the Prime Minister unveiled new scholarships in Mandela’s name. What will Canadians remember from this outpouring of affection for Mandela? And how will it impact Canada’s relationship with South Africa?
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.