This Sunday Mark welcomes Althia Raj, Ottawa Bureau Chief for The Huffington Post Canada, and John Ibbitson, author and senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
ELECTIONS ACT DEBATE ESCALATES A former auditor general, the elections commissioner and Ontario’s chief electoral officer all had criticisms of the Fair Elections Act. But the Minister of State for Democratic Reform called Bill C-23 terrific. Will the government make changes to the act? Is it being rushed through Parliament or given adequate time for debate?
QUESTIONS OF CONDUCT The Prime Minister ordered an investigation into the actions of Conservative MP Eve Adams after complaints about her conduct. Earlier in the week, Adams’ fiancé, Dimitri Soudas, was fired for using his position as Conservative Party executive director to help Adams fight for the nomination in a new riding. How will these accusations affect Adams’ political career? What does the loss of Soudas mean for the Tories and the next election? And have these events hurt the Conservative base and brand?
QUEBEC ELECTION COUNTDOWN A new poll showed Quebec Liberals holding onto the lead in the Quebec election campaign and Parti Québécois support dropping. The campaign continued to be a heated battle, filled with controversies and accusations. Who will win Monday’s election, and why? And if the Quebec Liberals win a majority, does this signal the end to the proposed Charter of Values as well as the push for sovereignty?
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.