On Wednesdays, CBCNews.ca's Politics blogger convenes a "people's caucus" to discuss and debate the issues of the week, so far.
Featured this week:
- Do politicians' ethical and legal troubles trouble you when it's time to vote?
Those who scrutinize political ethics have had a whole textbook worth of cases packed into this past week's headlines. But do any of these matter to you at the ballot box?
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's ordered removal from office for casting a vote on which he had a conflict of interest.
- Alberta Premier Alison Redford's awarding of a contract to her ex-husband's law firm while serving as justice minister.
- London Mayor and Martin-era cabinet minister Joe Fontana's vow to fight on in the face of fraud charges related to the use of a federal government cheque to pay for expenses related to his son's wedding.
- Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz's upcoming court case over the use of public money to pay for a Christmas party for city staff at a restaurant he owned at the time.
- Near-daily revealations at Quebec's Charbonneau Commission, which have already cost the mayors of Montreal and Laval their jobs, and today feature the naming of two top provincial Liberals.
- Today's censuring of the conduct of Campaign Research for telephone calls made in Liberal MP Irwin Cotler's Montreal riding before the last election.
Plus: the latest entrants to the Liberal leadership race...
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