This Sunday Mark welcomes John Ibbitson, author and senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and Susan Riley, freelance columnist. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
GOVERNMENT VS. SUPREME COURT The public feud over the Marc Nadon ruling continued this week. The opposition said it is an unprecedented smear of the Supreme Court chief justice by the government. The justice minister said there was nothing in the Supreme Court Act that indicated Nadon would be prohibited from sitting on Canada’s top bench. But media reports suggest the government knew there could be an eligibility issue and at one point suggested Nadon practice law in Quebec. Why is the government talking about this issue now? Is this an unprecedented attack on the chief justice?
LIBERALS: PRO-CHOICE ONLY CANDIDATES Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says new candidates running for the Liberals in the next election must be pro-choice. Trudeau said opponents of abortion will be weeded out in the nomination process. Will this stand help or hurt the Liberal Party?
CRISIS IN UKRAINE Pro-separatists in eastern Ukraine plan to hold an unofficial referendum on secession this weekend. Yet there were signs this week that Russia’s president was trying to dial down the tension. Do these developments show that international sanctions imposed on Russia are having an impact? What role should Canada play as the crisis continues?
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.