This Sunday guest host Martin Stringer welcomes Althia Raj, Ottawa Bureau Chief for The Huffington Post Canada and Lawrence Martin, columnist for The Globe and Mail. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
MISSION ENDS IN AFGHANISTAN Since Canadian troops joined the war against al-Qaeda 12 years ago, 158 Canadian soldiers have been lost. Billions of dollars have been spent. Now the mission in Afghanistan is officially over. What did Canada achieve? What will our legacy be in Afghanistan? And what did Canadians learn that can help us in other conflicts and international relations?
QUEBEC ELECTION FOCUS A new star candidate in the Quebec election campaign as well as promises made regarding an independent Quebec dominated headlines. Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois says a sovereign Quebec would keep the Canadian dollar and would have no borders with the rest of Canada. When the future of Canada is at stake in a provincial election, should federal leaders get involved? Should the rest of Canada?
CRISIS IN UKRAINE The Crimean parliament holds a controversial referendum Sunday to decide if Crimea will separate from Ukraine and join Russia. Western leaders call this referendum illegitimate and increased demands that Russia withdraw military forces from the region. The Canadian government announced more than $220 million in support for Ukraine. What more can Canada 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.