Global National Decision 2008 Election Coverage

                     "YOUR PRIORITIES. THEIR PROMISES."

                             CANADIANS CARE ABOUT

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - 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
    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, 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

    About Global National:

    Global National with Kevin Newman offers Canadians an early evening
national news alternative with a distinctive voice and approach to the day's
top stories ( The multiple award-winning half-hour
newscast was recently voted Best Newscast by the Radio and Television News
Directors Association of Canada and the Academy of Canadian Cinema &
Television (Gemini Awards). Global National is broadcast live seven days a
week at 5:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. in the Maritimes) with news bureaus and
correspondents in every major city in Canada; Washington, D.C.; London, U.K.;
Beijing, China; New Delhi, India and Jerusalem, Israel.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Yvonne Chiang, (604) 422-6736,

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