"We're living in Paul Martin Time; we might as well understand it."
HALIFAX, Canada -- December 12, 2003 -- On the day Paul Martin is scheduled to be sworn in as Prime Minister, the comprehensive online destination for news and analysis about Paul Martin was unveiled: PaulMartinTime.ca.
"As of today, Canadians have a Prime Minister that they don't know very much about, in terms of his character or his policies," said Rob Maguire, a researcher working on PaulMartinTime.ca. "With PaulMartinTime.ca, we're providing Canadians with a non-partisan source of news coverage and analysis that wasn't available before."
The name of the site is inspired by PaulMartinTimes.ca, an effort by the Paul Martin leadership campaign to present their story directly to the public. "Instead of presenting Paul's public relations spiel, we'll be keeping track of his movements by presenting them in the context of his actual policies, past and present," said writer Dave Ron.
The web site will also feature discussion forums and reader submissions. One section, the Martintrospection Blog, invites readers to try to understand Paul's point of view by writing weblog entries from the point of view of the Prime Minister. Inspired by the Prime Minister's own "blog" entries, the blog invites visitors to speculate about what's going on in Martin's head.
Video and audio webcasts will also be featured on the site.
"We think that PaulMartinTime.ca will play an exciting role in Canadian discourse in the coming months," said web developer and researcher Dru Oja Jay. "We hope to combine debate about our national priorities with a focus on the facts on the ground."
Web site: http://paulmartintime.ca
Audio PSA: http://paulmartintime.ca/media/martin_psa.mp3
Dave Ron, Dru Oja Jay and Rob Macguire work on PaulMartinTime.ca from Halifax.a
Dave Ron, writer/researcher
ph: (902) 423-2122, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dru Oja Jay, web developer/editor
ph: (902) 425-9888, email@example.com
Rob Maguire, writer/researcher
ph: (902) 830-2691, firstname.lastname@example.org