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|Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party|
March 9, 2013
|Preceded by||John Nilson|
|MLA for Saskatoon Massey Place|
November 7, 2007
|Preceded by||Eric Cline|
April 29, 1978 |
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.
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.
On September 5, 2012, Broten announced his intention to run for the leadership of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party. He was one of four candidates, alongside doctor Ryan Meili, MLA Trent Wotherspoon and economist Erin Weir, although Weir withdrew before the vote. Broten won the leadership on the second ballot.
Broten and his wife, Ruth, live in the Saskatoon Massey Place constituency with their two daughters.
Temporary foreign worker debate
On May 15, 2013 CKOM reported that Broten had joined the national debate on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program(TFWP) started by the CBC in April 2013. Broten was reacting to research released by the Canadian Labour Congress that claimed that 65% of new jobs go to foreign workers. He said that there was a labour shortage in Saskatchewan and that solutions lie with increased immigration and better integration of First Nations and Métis people in the province.
- "Cam Broten elected as new leader of Saskatchewan NDP". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, March 9, 2013.
- Warick, Jason (September 5, 2012). "Broten declares bid for NDP leadership". The StarPhoenix (Postmedia Network). Retrieved 2012-10-12.
- "Erin Weir drops out of Saskatchewan NDP race". CBC News. 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2013-02-20.
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