PARLIAMENTARY SHOWDOWN: “All-Star” MPs compete to appear on #FAQMP season finale
TORONTO, March 20 – Five Canadian Members of Parliament will compete to occupy the #FAQMP hot seat, as ichannel’s flagship political affairs series prepares to wrap up its first season with a special “All-Star” episode.
In the running are: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands, BC), Liberal Deputy leader Ralph Goodale (Wascana, SK), Conservative Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Dean Del Mastro (Peterborough, ON), Liberal Aboriginal Affairs Critic Carolyn Bennett (St. Paul’s, ON), and Conservative MP Joy Smith (Kildonan—St. Paul, MB).
Launched in October 2011, #FAQMP (Frequently Asked Questions for your Member of Parliament) invites Canadians to cast votes online for the MPs they want to see interviewed on the half-hour program, and to submit questions for the politicians via the show’s Web site.
The five “All-Star” MPs on the ballot for the #FAQMP season finale have appeared previously on the show, and were invited back because they drew large numbers of votes and viewer questions.
Once the voting for the “All-Stars” is complete, viewers will have just over a week to send in questions for the winning MP.
“We get great questions from the public,” says #FAQMP host Karyn Pugliese. “Some are serious policy questions, others are thought-provoking. Some questions express anger and frustration, others are sent in by some witty people who obviously have a great sense of humour.”
The online voting for the #FAQMP “All-Stars” will open on March 27 and close April 10. Members of the public can vote once each day at faqmp.ichannel.ca.
Viewers can submit questions by writing in to or uploading video to the #FAQMP Web site, or by tweeting questions to host Karyn Pugliese at @KarynFAQMP.
#FAQMP airs Mondays at 8 pm ET on ichannel. Viewers can also stream the show live at that time, at faqmp.ichannel.ca/live, and participate in a live chat with the series producers.
CLICK HERE to see the #FAQMP All-Stars Photo Gallery.