This Sunday, Mark welcomes Susan Lunn, national reporter for CBC Radio’s Parliamentary Bureau, and Andrew Cohen, author, columnist and professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
QUEBEC ELECTION ISSUES A Quebec election is called for April 7th. The Parti Québécois premier says she needs a majority government to pass a proposed charter of values that would ban public employees from wearing religious symbols at work. But this election call has also prompted discussion about Quebec sovereignty. Are Quebeckers and Canadians ready for this debate again? And how should the federal government respond to the charter and the independence question?
CANADA’S RESPONSE TO CRISIS IN UKRAINE The Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister compared the Russian occupation of Crimea to actions taken by Germany prior to WWII. Canada is sending military observers, suspending participation in the Canada-Russia Intergovernmental Economic Commission and freezing assets of members of the former regime. What else should Canada and other western countries do?
MARIJUANA LAWS The Justice Minister says the government is considering allowing police to ticket people possessing small amounts of marijuana instead of laying charges. Why is the government considering this change of course? Would loosening the rules steal any support from opposition parties? And is it the right thing to do?
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.