This Sunday, Mark welcomes freelance columnist Susan Riley and Bob Plamondon, author and public policy consultant. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
MINI CABINET SHUFFLE Ending months of speculation, the only finance minister to ever serve in the Harper government stepped down this week. Jim Flaherty was replaced by Joe Oliver, formerly the Natural Resources Minister. But NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair called Oliver’s appointment an embarrassment to Canada. What will be Flaherty’s legacy? And was Oliver the right choice to take his place?
ALBERTA PREMIER RESIGNS After weeks of caucus turmoil and criticism of her leadership style, Alberta Premier Alison Redford resigned. The Progressive Conservative party has held power in Alberta for more than four decades but is now placing low in the polls. What does the resignation say about the balance of powers between a leader and her caucus, and the benefits and perils of disclosing politicians’ expenses? Does it have implications beyond Alberta?
UKRAINE CRISIS ESCALATES The Prime Minister visits Kyiv this weekend to offer Canadian support to Ukraine. Stephen Harper is next week attending a nuclear security summit in the Netherlands where G-7 leaders plan to discuss Russia’s annexation of Crimea. What will the Prime Minister accomplish on this trip? What does the Harper government’s approach to this crisis say about Canada’s foreign policy?
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.