Alex Trebek sworn in for 'Prime Minister'

12:21 PM PST 01/16/2009 by Etan Vlessing

Canada native will host reality competition series

TORONTO -- "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek is set to moonlight on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. as host of the reality competition series "Canada's Next Prime Minister."

Canadian-born Trebek, who got his start at the pubcaster, will share the stage March 18 with three former prime ministers as they field pitches from four would-be politicos before choosing a winner.

Last month, the CBC got into hot water after admitting to breaking contestant recruitment rules and contacting political organizations to invite former young political candidates to compete on the series.

The CBC has sold "Canada's Next Prime Minister" as a format to the BBC.

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