This Sunday Mark welcomes freelance columnist Susan Riley and John Ibbitson, author and senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
PROSTITUTION BILL There’s growing debate over proposed prostitution legislation tabled this week in the House of Commons. The justice minister says the government is targeting pimps and johns. Peter MacKay says the majority of individuals selling sexual services are victims. But critics are expressing concern about the safety of sex-trade workers if this bill passes. Does this bill help protect them? And will it be struck down by the courts?
NEW APPOINTMENTS Two new government appointments are drawing praise in one case and criticism in the other. The Supreme Court chief justice welcomed the new Quebec justice to the top bench, calling Clément Gascon a distinguished jurist. Meanwhile, the Official Opposition questions the credentials and possible conflicts of interest for Canada’s new Privacy Commissioner, Daniel Therrien. What do Gascon and Therrien bring to their new roles? Did the government make the right choices?
FEDS IN ONTARIO POLITICS Two federal opposition leaders jumped into the Ontario election this week, a day after a critical televised debate. It was the first time Thomas Mulcair offered support to Ontario’s NDP. Justin Trudeau has previously helped the Liberals. Meanwhile, the foreign affairs minister joined Ontario’s Progressive Conservative leader early in his campaign. With polls showing the race is too close to call, what will be the outcome of the June 12th Ontario election?
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.