This Sunday, Mark welcomes Susan Lunn, national reporter for CBC Radio’s Parliamentary Bureau, and John Geddes, Ottawa Bureau Chief for Maclean’s. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
AIR AND RAIL SAFETY A security mistake involving a pipe bomb at the Edmonton airport sparked nationwide alarm. Was this an isolated incident or does it point to a bigger problem? And was the passenger’s sentence appropriate? Meanwhile recent rail accidents have renewed calls to improve rail safety. How safe is Canadian travel and transport?
OIL SANDS & PIPELINES Rock musician Neil Young is stirring up debate over the oil sands—sparring with government, criticising development. Young is on a concert tour to raise funds for a Northern Alberta First Nation. Canada’s foreign affairs minister was in the United States to bolster support for the Keystone XL pipeline project. Why is that decision taking so long? And should a rock star like Young be wading into the oil sands debate?
TRUDEAU EXPENSES Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau admitted this week he reimbursed taxpayers for expenses that were incorrectly claimed. Was it an honest mistake, as he claims? And will it affect his ability to challenge the government on its handling of the Senate expense scandal?
JUSTICE NADON DEBATE Canada’s top court is reserving judgment for a later date on whether Justice Marc Nadon is qualified to sit on its bench. What will be the eventual decision of the Supreme Court justices?
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.