This Sunday, Mark welcomes Susan Lunn, national reporter for CBC Radio’s Parliamentary Bureau, and Lawrence Martin, columnist with The Globe and Mail. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
BUDGET PRIORITIES The Opposition predicts Conservatives will table a “do-nothing” budget and strategically deliver a “good news” budget next election year. It says the government’s focus on deficit reduction will not stimulate the economy or create jobs. But the Harper government says its budget next Tuesday will address Canadian concerns. What should be the priorities in this budget? How important is eliminating the deficit by the next election? And should the government be doing more to create jobs?
SENATE SCANDAL: RCMP CHARGES The RCMP laid charges of fraud and breach of trust against suspended senator Patrick Brazeau and former senator Mac Harb. The charges relate to travel and living expense claims. Will other senators also be charged? And how will the outcome of the investigations affect debate about the future of the senate?
FAIR ELECTIONS ACT The government tabled controversial legislation to reform election laws and reorganize Elections Canada. Critics claim the Fair Elections Act is an attempt to muzzle the Chief Electoral Officer. If passed, the agency would no longer investigate and prosecute wrongdoing. Will the new law improve democracy or create more problems? And does it properly address issues such as robocalls and election financing?
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.