September 25, 2005 12:09 AM by Joe Blackmon
The Next Great Prime Minister is a one-hour primetime special produced by Summerhill Entertainment and airing later this fall on Canadian network television. The Next Great Prime Minister will provide a forum for 18 to 29-year-old Canadians who wish to share their ideas for making Canada a better, stronger and more prosperous country. Candidates are asked to submit a three to five-minute video with their “prime ministerial” message and will compete for a $50,000 first-place cash prize.
The remaining four finalists will receive $10,000 each and all five candidates will be presented the DMK Fair Enterprise and Public Policy Award. This newly minted award is named for and overseen by the program sponsors: The Dominion Institute, Magna International and the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs. The DMK Award includes a unique and valuable internship where the recipients will complete three paid work terms in the not-for-profit, corporate and public sectors.
The Next Great Prime Minister was launched to engage more young Canadians in the political process and to get them thinking about how to improve our country. The program evolved from Magna’s As Prime Minister Awards, which over its ten-year history has provided a platform for innovative ideas generated by Canadian college and university students. Previous winners have gone on to successful careers as members of parliament, political staffers, city councillors and business leaders.
The Next Great Prime Minister is “not a political version of Canadian Idol,” stated Producer John LaRose of Summerhill Entertainment. “Although the show will be immensely entertaining, the candidates will be reviewed and potentially challenged by our esteemed judging panel of prominent Canadians. Candidates will undergo a series of real-life situations that a Canadian Prime Minister might face on any given day. Candidates will be judged based on their ideas, their creativity, their vision for the country and their leadership skills. Having to perform under pressure will be a test of their skills.”
“We’re looking for more than just good performers,” said LaRose. “We’re looking for future leaders.” The deadline for entries has been extended to October 7, 2005. For more information and complete contest rules please visit www.thenextgreatprimeminister.com