Cam Broten

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Cam Broten
Leader of Saskatchewan's New Democrats
Cam Broten
Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party
Assumed office
March 9, 2013
Preceded by John Nilson
MLA for Saskatoon Massey Place
Assumed office
November 7, 2007
Preceded by Eric Cline
Personal details
Born (1978-04-29) April 29, 1978 (age 37)
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[edit]

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, who Broten would appoint to be his deputy leader immediately after the leadership election,[3] and economist Erin Weir although Weir withdrew before the vote.[4] Broten won the leadership on the second ballot.[1]

His popularity and support among the party grew quickly, with Broten receiving strong endorsements in two constitutionally-required leadership review votes since his election. In May 2015, he received 98 per cent of delegates' votes on a secret ballot at the party's convention in Regina.[5]

Cam, Ruth and their daughters in Fall 2014

Broten has been known to focus on seniors care,[6] better access and shorter wait times for health care,[7] the elimination of high-cost ambulance fees[8] and a lower cost of living for families in the province.[9] Broten has also proposed caps on classrooms sizes and an increase in the number of educational assistants[10] and pushed for economic reforms including a new procurement policy,[11] and moving away from P3 deals, which he says costs more and ships benefits to other jurisdictions.[12] Broten supports responsible resource development in Saskatchewan.[13]

Broten has also put a spotlight on the governing Sask. Party's conversion to John Black Lean.[14][15][16]

In his time as Opposition leader, Broten has been seen as productive, with moves like convincing the majority government to support his landmark private member's bill to create an asbestos registry for the province[17] - known as Howard's Law - as well as measures to support local business[18] and convincing the government to change its long-standing policy on Canada's Senate. Broten has consistently supported abolishment of Canada's upper chamber.[19]

Broten and his wife, Ruth, live in the Saskatoon Massey Place constituency with their three daughters, Ingrid, Clara and Gudrun.


  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". The StarPhoenix (Postmedia Network). Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  3. ^ Giles, David. "Broten shuffles caucus, names Wotherspoon deputy leader". Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Erin Weir drops out of Saskatchewan NDP race". CBC News. 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  5. ^ Canadian Press. "Saskatchewan NDP gives Broten 98 per cent support in review vote". Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Clancy, Clare. "Saskatchewan government failing to improve seniors care homes despite tragic cases: NDP". 
  7. ^ Rockliffe, Amber. "Opposition NDP says Saskatoon City Hospital underutilized". 
  8. ^ Clancy, Clare. "Saskatchewan NDP says ambulance fees need to be capped in the province". 
  9. ^ Brown, Chris. "Broten Tours Lloydminster". 
  10. ^ Moose Jaw Times Herald. "NDP budget priorities". 
  11. ^ Senick, Joel. "NDP leader calls for change in Saskatchewan procurement policies". 
  12. ^ Carins, John. "NDP leader Broten slams LEAN, P3s". 
  13. ^ Gardner, Matt (March 16, 2013). "Broten outlines priorities as new NDP leader". TC Media. Prince Albert Daily Herald. 
  14. ^ Cairns, John. "NDP leader Broten slams LEAN, P3s". Battelfords News Optimist. 
  15. ^ Langenegger, Stefani. "Spending on 'Japanese sensei' questioned by Sask. NDP". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 
  16. ^ Martin, Ashley (Sep 11, 2014). "Employees don't like Lean: survey". Postmedia. The Leader-Post. 
  17. ^ Giles, David. "Howard’s Law for mandatory asbestos reporting in Saskatchewan near reality". 
  18. ^ "Buy Local Day Made Official in Saskatchewan". Harvard Broadcasting. CKRM - Harvard Broadcasting. 
  19. ^ Vigliotti, Marco. "Opposition NDP urges Saskatchewan Party to introduce Senate abolition resolution". Metro News. Metro News. 

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