This Sunday, Mark welcomes Elizabeth Thompson, senior political writer for iPolitics.ca, and Lawrence Martin, author and columnist for The Globe and Mail. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
MORE FORD CONTROVERSY Another firestorm erupts over Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Ford announced he is taking a leave of absence to deal with problems, after news there are more recordings of him allegedly smoking crack cocaine and making lewd comments. Politicians from all levels of government said they were glad he was seeking addiction treatment. But some also want him to resign. What is the impact of these latest revelations? Are politicians, Ford’s opponents, and the media handling this issue responsibly? Should Ford resign?
TFW PROGRAM: QUESTIONS CONTINUE The opposition called for the auditor general to audit the controversial temporary foreign worker program. There are more accusations of its abuse. What should the government do about this program?
SENATE REFORM The Prime Minister says it’s now up to the provinces to pursue reforming or abolishing the Senate. But the NDP accuses Stephen Harper of waving a white flag and admitting defeat. Is the Conservative government now giving up on one of its key election promises to make the Senate more accountable? Will provinces act on Senate reform or has the Supreme Court opinion ended any hope of change?
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 Ottawa Today, weekday mornings on 1310 NEWS, in Ottawa, 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 Long Road to Boston. He was inducted into the Order of Ottawa in 2016.