The What Is

On the same day that The Dominion Institute has released online survey results indicating that only 50% of young Canadian voters “definitely” plan to vote, ichannel announces a new show targeted to the voting issues of that age group.

The What Is: Election 2008! is a half hour special that “provides context to youth issues and deals with the perception of voter apathy amongst young people”, according to the show’s producers Vince Kesavamoorthy and Alan So. The program includes a satirical sketch, a man-on-the-street segment, a roundtable panel discussion, and is written and hosted by award-winning comedian and filmmaker Dan Speerin, who provides his satirical perspective on issues that matter most to Generation Y.

The Executive Director of The Dominion Institute Marc Chalifoux will appear on the panel discussion, as will Navdeep Bains, Liberal MP for the riding of Mississauga-Brampton South and Youth Caucus Liaison for the Liberal Party. Representatives from the Conservative and NDP parties have also been invited to partake in the round-table.

ichannel’s announcement about the special television presentation comes on the heels of the release of The Dominion Institute’s online survey of young voters conducted September 10th to 15th. While seventy-five percent of 18 to 25 year olds polled were concerned about low turnout among young voters, 30% said they “aren’t informed enough to cast their own vote”. Eleven percent are “too busy” and another 11% “don’t care”. Only fifty percent “definitely plan to vote”. In the 2006 federal election, 57% planned to vote, but only 44% actually ended up attending the polls on election day.

The What Is: Election 2008! airs Saturday, October 11th and Sunday, October 12th at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET and PT. The producers promise the show to be a real voice for Generation Y in this federal election. The program was produced for ichannel by Not Like Us Productions, the creative young minds behind the indie television series “Twixters” as well as the Cynically Tested Channel on MySpace and YouTube.

For a complete listing and schedule of ichannel’s fall shows, visit www.ichannel.ca. ichannel is available by subscription from cable and satellite providers across Canada.