Thursday, March 11, 2010

Question Harper on YouTube

"Stephen Harper to reach out to Canadians on YouTube." So let's reach right back.

Step 1: YouTube will be streaming Harper live this morning at 10:45 a.m. with remarks on the Throne Speech. Theoretically you are supposed to watch that first.

Step 2: Then you go here (Click on "View Questions" box) and submit a question or you can vote on what questions should be put to the PM. You can vote yes or no or "meh" to a question. You can see below the voting box which questions are getting the most votes. It looks like it can be gamed in that way so we'll see how it goes. In the early goings, there are some tough questions. The leading one last night when I did it:
"Why has 'Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney blocked any reference to gay rights in a new study guide for immigrants applying for Canadian citizenship'?"
Nick, Kitchener
While theoretically the PM won't know what questions are coming during his interview, you can imagine that the PMO types will be watching the activity here.

Step 3: The PM then has a session with a Google type guy/gal on Tuesday March 16, 2010 at 7 p.m. ET where he answers the questions. I know you're all marking that one down on your calendars. Obama had one of these sessions after his SOTU address (link gives an indication of what it's like).

Spread the word, maybe through that big honking Facebook group, submit questions (video or otherwise) or just vote, vote, vote on the existing ones. This is likely going to be a fairly scripted type event, but why not try to influence it as much as we can?