To quote one TV talking head: For political junkies, federal election debates are like the Stanley Cup playoffs.
That might be so for political junkies, but the rest of the population doesn't get quite as excited. (In fact, the French debate was moved to Wednesday night so it wouldn't be in conflict with the first playoff game between Montreal and Boston.)
A lot of journalists fall under the political junky umbrella. During campaigns they work long hours and listen to the same political talking points over and over. These days they also have to be on top of things 24 hours a day as everything plays out in real time with smart phones, Twitter, Facebook, blogs and 24-hour news websites.
But it's also thanks to these advances that the world has opened up to the other political junkies, who until Twitter, Facebook, blogs and comment capabilities on those news websites, were not able to give voice to their concerns and observations.
Another great innovation is Cover-it-Live, a live discussion tool that has been embraced by news organizations looking for ways to bring online news audiences into the discussion. MSN.ca is going to do the same.
So tonight, as the leaders square off on your favourite television network, we've opened up our site for a live discussion as the event unfolds. It's simple, requires no registration, just a click to add a comment and send it to us.
Here's the url: http://blogs.news.msn.ca/.