This Sunday, Mark welcomes Althia Raj, Ottawa Bureau Chief for The Huffington Post, and Mark Kennedy, Parliamentary Bureau Chief for The Ottawa Citizen. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
TRUDEAU DEFENDS ABORTION POLICY Justin Trudeau continued to stand firm on his party’s pro-choice policy, despite harsh criticism from leaders in the Catholic Church. Earlier this week the Liberal leader clarified that while candidates running for the party may have varied personal views on abortion, all incoming Liberal MPs will be expected to vote pro-choice. What does the Liberals’ abortion policy say about Trudeau and the party? And will it have an impact on the next election campaign?
PARTY POSITIONING NDP leader Thomas Mulcair says that in the next election he will pledge not to raise personal taxes. Meanwhile, Conservatives are fundraising for the party’s biggest campaign budget yet. As the election nears and the posturing begins, how is each federal party defining itself to win support? Is the NDP trying to become more mainstream?
THE PRINCE & PUTIN Prince Charles reportedly compared Russia’s president to Adolf Hitler and caused an international uproar. Prince Charles made the comment in a private conversation on his visit to Canada. Russian officials called it outrageous. Should members of the Royal Family be free to express political opinions, or should they remain neutral?
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.