This Sunday, following CPAC’s Liberal convention coverage, Mark welcomes Susan Riley, freelance columnist, and Mark Kennedy, Parliamentary Bureau Chief for Postmedia News. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
LIBERAL BIENNIAL CONVENTION Liberal delegates gather in Montreal for a national convention—Justin Trudeau’s first since he became leader of the party nearly a year ago. The Liberals continue to lead in the latest polls. Does the convention give clues about the party’s platform in the next federal election? Is Trudeau showing the kind of leadership required to become prime minister?
MILITARY RELOCATION CONTROVERSY The defence minister criticized retired Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie—a prospective Liberal candidate in the next election—for charging the military over $72,000 in moving and real estate expenses. Leslie says he acted within the rules of a government program. The Liberals say it’s a smear campaign. Should the government pay for end-of-career moving expenses when the move is within the same city? Should Leslie have turned down the benefit? And is he the victim of a smear campaign?
“THREE AMIGOS” SUMMIT The Prime Minister met with the U.S. and Mexican presidents to discuss trade, immigration, energy and security issues. There were some firm exchanges over the Keystone XL pipeline proposal as well as a Canadian requirement for visiting Mexicans to have visas. What did the Prime Minister accomplish on this trip? Where does Canada stand with its North American neighbours?
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.