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Cam Broten

Cam Broten
Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
March 9, 2013
Preceded by John Nilson
MLA for Saskatoon Massey Place
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 7, 2007
Preceded by Eric Cline
Personal details
Born (1978-04-29) April 29, 1978
Regina, Saskatchewan
Political party NDP
Residence Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Religion Lutheran

Cameron "Cam" Broten (born April 29, 1978) is a Canadian politician, representing the constituency of Saskatoon Massey Place in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. He was selected as the leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party in the 2013 leadership election on March 9, 2013.[1]

Life and career

Broten was born in Regina and spent his early years in La Loche, Green Lake, Meadow Lake and La Ronge before his family settled in Saskatoon. His grandfather, Hans Broten, served in the Legislative Assembly in the 1960s under Tommy Douglas and Woodrow Lloyd.

He holds a bachelor's degree in international studies from the University of Saskatchewan and a master’s degree in political science from Simon Fraser University. During his time at Simon Fraser University, he served as a facilitator with the British Columbia Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform.

He worked as a policy analyst with the provincial government, in the Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation, and later as a health policy manager with the Saskatchewan Medical Association. He was also an elected board member with the Saskatoon Co-op.

Broten was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan in the 2007 provincial election, and was re-elected in the 2011 provincial election.

On September 5, 2012, Broten announced his intention to run for the leadership of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party.[2] He was one of four candidates, alongside doctor Ryan Meili, MLA Trent Wotherspoon and economist Erin Weir, although Weir withdrew before the vote.[3] Broten won the leadership on the second ballot.[1]

Broten and his wife, Ruth, live in the Saskatoon Massey Place constituency with their two daughters.

References

  1. ^ a b "Cam Broten elected as new leader of Saskatchewan NDP". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, March 9, 2013.
  2. ^ Warick, Jason (September 5, 2012). "Broten declares bid for NDP leadership".  
  3. ^ "Erin Weir drops out of Saskatchewan NDP race".  

External links

  • Opposition Caucus Website
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