June 1, 2014

This Sunday, Mark welcomes Susan Lunn, national reporter for CBC Radio’s Parliamentary Bureau, and John Geddes, Ottawa Bureau Chief for Maclean’s. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:

WANTED: SUPREME COURT JUSTICE The federal government is giving Quebec more say in who is appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada to represent the province. But does this set a precedent? Will provinces expect the same involvement in what has traditionally been a federal decision?

ABORTION POLICY CONTROVERSY CONTINUES Liberal MP John McKay apologized to Justin Trudeau this week for calling the party leader’s stand on abortion a “bozo eruption” during a private, yet taped, conversation. Trudeau says the matter is now closed. Has Trudeau successfully put the matter to rest? Or will Canadians still consider this issue when they head to the polls in the next election?

DALLAIRE DEPARTS Senator Roméo Dallaire is retiring from the upper chamber to work on international humanitarian causes. While Dallaire says the Senate expense scandal is not the reason he is leaving, he indicated in one interview that the process to suspend senators was unfair. His announced departure is the latest of several since the Senate scandal broke. Is the Senate’s tarnished reputation having an impact on retaining senators or attracting new ones?


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Mark Sutcliffe

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.