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Auditions for Next Great Prime Minister

From CBC:

Do you want to be Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister? Let the auditions begin!

Do you have what it takes to be Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister? If so, you could be one of four candidates to compete in the second annual NEXT GREAT PRIME MINISTER competition that culminates in a one-hour CBC Television special, hosted by Rick Mercer, airing Sunday, March 18, 2007.

THE NEXT GREAT PRIME MINISTER competition is for 18- to 25-year-old Canadians who wish to share their ideas for making Canada a better, stronger and more prosperous country. This is a great opportunity for anyone considering a future in politics, world affairs or social policy.

Don’t miss your chance! If you are interested in applying, you can audition for the broadcast in these select cities across Canada on the following dates:

LONDON, ON – Dec. 7
OTTAWA, ON – Dec. 8
EDMONTON, AB – Dec. 11
TORONTO, ON – Dec. 11
MONTREAL, QC – Dec. 13
HALIFAX – Dec. 13
ST. JOHN’S, NL – Dec. 14

*For audition times and locations, please go to

Candidates will be asked to give a three- to five-minute speech with their “Prime Ministerial Message.” Bring your passion, opinions and ideas and be ready to answer questions about your convictions.

Judges will select the 20 best applicants’ nationwide based on originality of ideas and effectiveness of delivery. Finalists will then be selected for the nationally broadcast Next Great Prime Minister television show. In the televised special, candidates will undergo a series of political debates and answer tough questions for a $50,000 first-place cash prize. They will be grilled and judged by four former Canadian prime ministers: The Right Hon. Joe Clark, The Right Hon. Kim Campbell, The Right Hon. John Turner, and The Right Hon. Brian Mulroney.

This one-of-a-kind broadcast is based on a popular nationwide competition originated in 1995 by Frank Stronach, founder and Chairman of Magna International, in his quest to search for Canada’s best and brightest future leaders. It was launched to engage young Canadians in the political process and to encourage them to think about ways to improve the country.

If you are unable to come to an audition, candidates can apply online by submitting a video and application to:


Intelligence video mash-up contest

From CBC:

Sex, Drugs, and Espionage in 30 or 60 seconds
Create your own trailer for Intelligence … and win

CBC Television and the creative team behind the new CBC-TV series Intelligence, (Watcher Films (1) Inc.) have teamed up with to launch the INTELLIGENCE VIDEO MASH-UP CONTEST.

Here’s your chance to go online and mix it up! Use the selected video and audio clips from the new critically acclaimed series to create a short promotional trailer and your creative efforts could win you some great prizes and be seen on CBC Television’s Intelligence website. All promo entries must be 30 or 60 seconds long. Full details and instructions can be found at

Each week, the Intelligence creative team will pick their favourite video and feature it on On Jan. 30, which coincides with the broadcast of the season finale, a grand prize winner will be chosen along with two honourable mentions. The grand prize winner will receive an Apple MacBook Pro with Apple’s Final Cut Studio and have their winning entry featured on Each of the two honourable mentions will receive a 30GB iPod, and also have their entry featured on So get inspired, test your creativity and show us what you’ve got!

Starring Ian Tracey and Klea Scott, Intelligence airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. and midnight and Fridays at 11 p.m. on CBC Television.