Inky Mark has led a life to this point that could be called the quintessential Canadian experience. Having immigrated to Canada in 1953 from his native China with his mother, the family was reunited in Manitoba. With Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees under his belt, the rise in the political system began with becoming Councillor, then Mayor of Dauphin, MB. The federal forum beckoned, and in 1997 Inky was elected as an MP for the Reform Party. Re-elected as a Canadian Alliance MP, he broke from the caucus to sit in the Democratic Representative Caucus in alliance with the Progressive Conservative party. With the merger of the CA and the PC parties, forming the Conservative Party of Canada, Inky was in a way back where he started.
But it didn't last long. Known as the foremost critic of Stephen Harper, the party apparatus, and many of his caucus mates, he was branded an "outsider". He frequently complained that Prime Minister Harper was controlling, and he responded by refusing to attend Conservative events. Mark has called Prime Minister Harper a fascist and complained that he runs a "top-down dictatorship". He simply refused to sit as an MP with Harper as leader.
But, Inky Mark is back. He will run for election in his old riding of Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette this year as an Independent. Always putting his track record as the way to judge his service, he hopes to return to representing his constituents in Ottawa, instead of MP's representing Ottawa to their constituents. We welcome Inky to speak out on what is wrong with Canada's Parliament and Democracy.
The second half of the show will take a look at recent developments from the new session in Ottawa, and talk about future episodes on these "initiatives" from Emperor Harper.
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