Canadian broadcast journalist Avi Lewis has joined the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network to host a new program focusing on U.S. politics and the upcoming election.

Lewis, a recognizable face on Canadian TV after covering politics for youth network MuchMusic and hosting CBC-TV programs such as debate show counterSpin, has debuted a new weekly program entitled Frontline USA on Al-Jazeera's English network.

Produced in the U.S., Frontline USA explores important issues — from poverty to immigration to race relations — at stake in the face of the 2008 U.S. presidential election campaign.

A prominent social activist, Lewis and his wife, author Naomi Klein, teamed up in 2004 to release the documentary The Take: about Argentine factory workers who reclaim a closed auto plant and their fight to re-open it as a co-operative.