2008 Canadian Election

With Canada’s 40th federal election fast approaching and political leaders campaigning heavily for votes, Global National is heading to communities across the country to engage Canadians and focus on election issues that people care about. With its “Decision 2008: Your Priorities. Their Promises.” federal election coverage, Global National is committed to listening to Canadians and taking their issues back to the politicians.

For the first time in their election coverage history, Global National’s anchor and executive editor Kevin Newman and reporter Mike Armstrong are flying out to communities on The People’s Express, a unique election news jet, for a groundbreaking, carbon neutral cross-country tour to open up dialogue at the community level and hear what matters to Canadians.

“This is the first time a Canadian news organization has launched its own election campaign news jet,” said Troy Reeb, Senior Vice-President of News and Current Affairs for Canwest Broadcasting. “In the midst of all the party leaders’ criss-crossing the country looking for votes, Global National is using our plane to head out and find real issues from real people.”

Broadcasting live from several local communities coast-to-coast culminating with the highly anticipated Leaders’ Debates, Newman will speak to issues including the environment, economy, law and order and other key topics that are relevant to this election.

Global National will visit the following communities, providing local residents and groups the opportunity to take part in a national broadcast and voice their opinions.

* Thursday, September 25 – Tofino, British Columbia (Botanical Garden)
* Friday, September 26 – Fort MacLeod, Alberta (The Fort Museum)
* Monday, September 29 – Brandon, Manitoba (Location TBD)
* Tuesday, September 30 – Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (Frost Park)
* Wednesday, October 1 – Sutton, Quebec (Town Hall)
* Thursday, October 2 – Peterborough, Ontario (Lift Lock)

In addition to this unique and interactive television experience, Global National is also launching a dedicated, multi-level website where Canadians can find the latest election news from across the country 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At www.globaltv.com/election, users will find exclusive videos and photos from the campaign trail, expert analysis, precise context, complete perspective and a useful election toolkit with all you need to know about the election. Plus, Canadians will have access to the behind-the-scenes action from daily reporter blogs, information on each of the party leaders, a daily poll on hot-button issues and a unique and fun online quiz on the history of Canadian politics.

Leading up to election night, Global National’s highly respected team of journalists breaks down the political speech with Ottawa bureau chief Jacques Bourbeau leading the way and reporters Hannah Boudreau, Peter Harris and Ben O’Hara-Byrne dissecting each party’s political campaign. Darrell Bricker from Ipsos-Reid will reveal exclusive poll results throughout the campaign about Canadians’ attitudes on the election.

Tune in to Global National at 5:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. in the Maritimes) every evening for the latest breaking news and the most comprehensive election coverage.

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