March 2, 2014

This Sunday, Mark welcomes Elizabeth Thompson, Senior Political Writer for, and John Geddes, Ottawa Bureau Chief for Maclean’s. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:

UKRAINE CRISIS Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister led a delegation to Ukraine to meet with the new interim leadership and offer support. But the Opposition accused the Harper government of partisanship because it did not invite opposition members to join the mission. Meanwhile, the Liberal leader apologized for a comment he made about Russia and its relations with Ukraine. With developments in the region rapidly changing, what should Canada do? Should the government have sent an all-party delegation?

PARTY POSITIONING FOR 2015 The Prime Minister called income-splitting an excellent policy—a contrast to the Finance Minister’s recently expressed concerns. The NDP leader now entertains the idea of a coalition should the next election produce a minority government. And a new survey prompts questions for all parties about the state of the middle-class. What do these developments say about party platforms for the next election?

FOLLOWING THE EXPENSES The Opposition criticized the government for using taxpayer dollars to provide free lunches to government staff. And Liberal MPs and former Liberal senators posted their expenses online. When should expenses be covered by taxpayers and when should they not?


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Mark Sutcliffe

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.