This Sunday, Mark welcomes Elizabeth Thompson, senior political writer for iPolitics.ca, and Andrew Cohen, author, columnist and professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
NDP OWES $1.17 MIL SAYS BOARD The NDP owes $1.17 million for using parliamentary resources to send partisan mailouts, according to the House of Commons Board of Internal Economy. The NDP plans to challenge this decision in court. It says the process under the Conservative-dominated board is a partisan witch hunt. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says she will ensure Canada Post recovers every penny. What should the NDP do? And how much has this controversy hurt the Official Opposition?
ONTARIO LIBERALS WIN Polls predicted a close race but, in a stunning victory, the Liberals were returned to power in Ontario, this time with a majority government. How was the party able to overcome the scandals in its past? What lessons are there about politics and polling?
END OF LIFE CARE The Canadian Medical Association wants a national palliative care strategy. It is also calling for strict protocols and safeguards if doctor-assisted suicide is legalized. Earlier this month, Quebec’s National Assembly passed a bill to legalize medically assisted death—the first province to do so. Will the federal government now be forced to reopen this controversial debate?
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.