This Sunday Mark welcomes Susan Riley, freelance columnist, and Mark Kennedy, Parliamentary Bureau Chief for The Ottawa Citizen. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
JIM FLAHERTY REMEMBERED Conservative MP Jim Flaherty passed away suddenly, just a month after stepping down from his cabinet post of finance minister. During the past eight years, Flaherty guided the country through the global economic crisis and presented a budget just two months ago which most observers claim was balanced a year ahead of schedule. What is Jim Flaherty’s legacy? What example did he set for those in public life?
ELECTIONS ACT CONTROVERSY The Minister of State for Democratic Reform attacked the credibility of the Chief Electoral Officer, one of the Fair Election Act’s strongest critics. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he would repeal the act if his party formed a government. Should the Conservatives hold a free vote on the act, as the opposition is requesting? If legislation is passed, will there be any backlash in the next federal election? Or are the majority of Canadians behind this proposed legislation, as the government suggests?
LIBERALS WIN QUEBEC ELECTION Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard won a majority government in Monday’s provincial election. Pauline Marois stepped down as leader of the Parti Québécois. Federal leaders welcomed news that the threat of a referendum on Quebec sovereignty is over, at least for now. What does this election outcome mean for federal-provincial relations? And what do the results say about the state of politics and support for sovereignty in Quebec?
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.