Mark welcomes Susan Lunn, national reporter for CBC Radio’s parliamentary bureau, and Mark Kennedy, parliamentary bureau chief for the Ottawa Citizen. Viewers are also invited to share their thoughts about the week’s political stories:
PREPARING FOR POLITICAL BATTLE Observers predict a raucous fall session as MPs return to the House of Commons. The next federal election is no more than a year away and polls continue to give Liberals the edge. But NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair claims Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is not ready to be prime minister. Meanwhile, the Conservative government announced a tax credit to help small businesses. What issues will shape the government and the opposition parties in the countdown to the campaign?
FIGHTING ISIS The Official Opposition questions the Harper government’s deployment of military advisors to Iraq to help forces fight ISIS, the Islamic State. The NDP wants more details and a parliamentary debate. The president of the United States ordered a new military campaign, expanding air strikes against ISIS. Is the Canadian government taking the right course of action? Is there a possibility of mission creep?
CANADA ON SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is not taking sides in next week’s referendum on Scottish independence. Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he wants Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom. What should Canadians hope for? What impact will this vote for independence have on Quebec’s sovereignty movement?
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.