Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Your interview with Prime Minister Stephen Harper / Votre entrevue avec le premier ministre Stephen Harper

From its beginning, YouTube has been a place where citizens come to have political conversations, and Canada has been no exception. From interviews with Cabinet Ministers to campaign discussions to in-depth news reports, Canadians have used the site to engage with their elected officials in ways previously not possible. Prime Minister Stephen Harper himself has shared videos on his Prime Minister channel, including his CTV interview at the Olympics, his performance with Yo-Yo Ma, and several Parliamentary speeches.

Now you can speak directly with Canadian Prime Minister Harper in an exclusive YouTube interview. Tomorrow, March 11, we'll be streaming the Prime Minister’s response to the Speech from the Throne at approximately 10:45 a.m. EST. It’s a major policy speech for the Prime Minister about his vision for the future of Canada. You can watch it at, and submit your follow-up questions for him in video or text - and vote on your favourites.

Prime Minister Harper will then answer a selection of your top-voted questions in a YouTube interview this Tuesday, March 16 at 7pm EST. If you're wondering how it will work, take a look at our recent interview with U.S. President Barack Obama.

Take this chance to submit and vote for questions you want to be answered - in English or French. We prefer video questions (short and precise) if possible. This is your chance to ask the Prime Minister about the Speech from the Throne or the recent federal Jobs and Growth budget. We look forward to your questions.

Posted by Patrick Pichette, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Google

Les citoyens, dont les Canadiens, ont fréquenté YouTube dès ses tout premiers débuts afin d’y parler politique. Il suffit de penser aux entrevues avec des ministres, aux campagnes de toutes sortes et aux reportages fouillés. Le premier ministre Stephen Harper a lui-même publié des vidéos sur le canal du premier ministre, notamment son entrevue avec CTV aux Jeux olympiques, sa performance avec Yo-Yo Ma et plusieurs discours parlementaires.

Vous pourrez vous adresser directement au premier ministre dans le cadre d'une entrevue exclusive sur YouTube. Demain, le 11 mars vers 10h45 (HNE), nous diffuserons en continu la réponse du premier ministre au discours du Trône. Vous pourrez le regarder sur et poser des questions en format vidéo ou texte ainsi que voter pour vos questions préférées.

Ensuite, dans une entrevue YouTube le mardi 16 mars à 19 h (HNE), le premier ministre répondra à des questions sélectionnées parmi celles ayant accumulé le plus de votes. Pour vous faire une idée du processus, allez jeter un coup d’œil à notre entrevue récente avec le président américain Barack Obama.

Profitez de cette formidable occasion pour poser vos questions et voter pour celles qui, selon vous, devraient être sélectionnées, et en anglais et en français. On préfère que vos questions soient soumises en format vidéo, courtes et précises, si possible. Ne ratez surtout pas cette chance de demander des précisions au premier ministre au sujet du discours du Trône ou du budget de 2010. On a hâte de recevoir vos questions.

Posté par Patrick Pichette, Vice-président senior et chef de la direction financière, Google


Anonymous said...

Links are unclickable.... (using chrome on a mac)

Anonymous said...

It's because they cant program. The text is editable and in a div. The markup is garbage.

Olivia said...

thanks for your comments guys, should be fixed.

Kevin Penny said...

Don't bother submitting questions; they'll just pick pre-packaged ones anyways. It will be just like when Youtube tried to do an interview with Obama and severely censored the top 5 questions. Freedom of speech only comes into effect when you speak favourably of the government.

Anonymous said...

Please more Obama.

But looking forward to seeing what happens with this new by-pass approach to getting a fleshed-out message out to the public.

Anonymous said...

Where can I watch the Prime Minister's Response to the Speech from the Throne. I wasn't able to watch it live, and the link above just takes me to the area where questions are posted.

Darryl said...

You are aware, Google (owner of YouTube) that this is a clear conflict of interest. You are a registered lobby group in Canada and therefore cannot give gifts. Picking up the tab for the Prime Minister to take part in this 'skip all direct questioning' approach to politics is illegal. Made worse by the fact you did not extend it to all parties. You really think this is appropriate?

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Unknown said...

Disgusting and mo-rid..But fascinating.

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