Looking to bring politicians with different points-of-view together in a fresh way, TVO is premiering its new original series, Political Blind Date, next month.
Starting on November 7, the Canadian six-part political series will show rival politicians meeting face-to-face, speaking candidly about issues that matter to Ontarians.
The show features half-hour installments of two politicians planning a date for one another, with both elected officials looking to find common ground.
“TVO Originals like Political Blind Date share thought-provoking, in-depth debates that explore social, economic and political topics,” says Lisa de Wilde, Chief Executive Officer of TVO, in a release. “The politicians featured in this program get outside of their comfort zones to explore a range of perspectives on the big issues of the day.”
One of the episodes features Toronto mayoral hopeful Doug Ford and federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh tackling topics like transit, riding bicycles on busy streets, and visiting a much-debated streetcar line in Toronto.
Another episode features federal Alberta Conservative MP Garnett Genuis and Ontario Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith debating the legalization of marijuana during a visit to a cannabis dispensary, touring a production facility, and interview someone recovering from marijuana addiction.
The documentary series also features Liberal MP Adam Vaughan, Toronto City Councillors Giorgio Mammoliti and Maria Augimeri, Mayor of London Matt Brown, NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo and others, covering topics like safe injection sites, correctional facilities, and social housing.
Political Blind Date premieres on Tuesday, November 7 at 9 pm and on tvo.org.