Cam Broten

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Cam Broten
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Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party
In office
March 9, 2013 – April 23, 2016
Preceded by John Nilson
Succeeded by Trent Wotherspoon
MLA for Saskatoon Massey Place
In office
November 7, 2007 – April 4, 2016
Preceded by Eric Cline
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Personal details
Born Cameron Paul Broten
(1978-04-29) April 29, 1978 (age 38)
Regina, Saskatchewan
Political party NDP
Spouse(s) Ruth Eliason
Relations Hans Broten (grandfather)
Children 5
Residence Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Alma mater
Occupation Politician
Religion Lutheran

Cameron Paul "Cam" Broten (born April 29, 1978) is a Canadian politician. He represented the constituency of Saskatoon Massey Place in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan from 2007 to 2016. He was selected as the leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party in the 2013 leadership election on March 9, 2013.[1] Broten announced his resignation as leader on April 11, 2016, several days after losing the seat he contested in the Saskatchewan general election.[2] Trent Wotherspoon was appointed interim party leader in April 2016.[3]

Early life and background[edit]

Broten was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and spent his early years in Northern Saskatchewan in La Loche, Green Lake, Meadow Lake and La Ronge before his family settled in Saskatoon where he attended Marion M. Graham Collegiate. 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.

Political career[edit]

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.[4] 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,[5] and Erin Weir although Weir withdrew before the vote.[6] 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 party constitutionally-required leadership review votes since his election with 98.7 per cent of delegates' votes on a secret ballot at the party's convention on May 31, 2014 during the party's convention in Moose Jaw[7] and on May 23, 2015 he received 98 per cent of delegates' votes on a secret ballot during the party's convention in Regina.[8]

Cam Broten, Ruth Eliason and their daughters in Fall 2014

Broten has been known to focus on seniors care,[9] better access and shorter wait times for health care,[10] the elimination of high-cost ambulance fees[11] and a lower cost of living for families in the province.[12] Broten has also proposed caps on classrooms sizes and an increase in the number of educational assistants[13] and pushed for economic reforms including a new procurement policy,[14] and moving away from P3 deals, which he says costs more and ships benefits to other jurisdictions.[15] Broten supports responsible resource development in Saskatchewan.[16]

Broten has also put a spotlight on the governing Saskatchewan Party's conversion to John Black Lean.[17][18][19]

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[20] - known as Howard's Law - as well as measures to support local business[21] and convincing the government to change its long-standing policy on Canada's Senate. Broten has consistently supported abolishment of Canada's upper chamber.[22]

2016 election[edit]

The NDP under Broten was defeated in the 2016 provincial election in which Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party was elected to a third successive majority government. The NDP under Broten won 10 seats, a gain of one seat from the previous election, to the Saskatchewan Party's 51 seats.[23]

His riding of Saskatoon Massey Place having been abolished, Broten ran in Saskatoon Westview and lost to Saskatchewan Party candidate David Buckingham by 232 votes.[24][25]

Broten resigned as party leader on April 11, 2016.[2]

Personal life[edit]

On August 1, 2004 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Broten married Ruth Megan Eliason, a music therapist with Palliative Care Services in the Saskatoon Health Region who was raised on a family farm in the Stewart Valley area near Swift Current. His wife decided to keep her maiden name.[26] They live in Saskatoon with their four daughters, Ingrid Louise (born June 16, 2010), Clara Evangeline (born April 5, 2012), Gudrun Colleen Anne (born July 17, 2014) and Aasta Rose (born August 3, 2016).[27] Their first child, a son named Magnus Paul, was born preterm on April 28, 2009 and died that same day.[28][29]


  1. ^ a b Graham, Jennifer (March 10, 2013). "Cam Broten, The New Leader Of The Saskatchewan NDP, Calls For United Front". HuffPost Canada. Canadian Press. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Cam Broten steps down as Saskatchewan NDP leader", CBC News, April 11, 2016
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  4. ^ McAdam, Bre (September 5, 2012). "Broten declares bid for NDP leadership". CKOM. Rawlco Radio Ltd. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ Giles, David (March 11, 2013). "Broten shuffles caucus, names Wotherspoon deputy leader". Global News. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Erin Weir drops out of Saskatchewan NDP race". CBC News. February 20, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Saskatchewan NDP gives leader 98.7 per cent approval at party convention". iPolitics. Canadian Press. June 1, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Saskatchewan NDP gives Broten 98 per cent support in review vote". CTV News. Canadian Press. May 23, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ Clancy, Clare. "Saskatchewan government failing to improve seniors care homes despite tragic cases: NDP". 
  10. ^ Rockliffe, Amber. "Opposition NDP says Saskatoon City Hospital underutilized". 
  11. ^ Clancy, Clare. "Saskatchewan NDP says ambulance fees need to be capped in the province". 
  12. ^ Brown, Chris. "Broten Tours Lloydminster". 
  13. ^ Moose Jaw Times Herald. "NDP budget priorities". 
  14. ^ Senick, Joel. "NDP leader calls for change in Saskatchewan procurement policies". 
  15. ^ Carins, John. "NDP leader Broten slams LEAN, P3s". 
  16. ^ Gardner, Matt (March 16, 2013). "Broten outlines priorities as new NDP leader". TC Media. Prince Albert Daily Herald. 
  17. ^ Cairns, John. "NDP leader Broten slams LEAN, P3s". Battelfords News Optimist. 
  18. ^ Langenegger, Stefani. "Spending on 'Japanese sensei' questioned by Sask. NDP". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 
  19. ^ Martin, Ashley (Sep 11, 2014). "Employees don't like Lean: survey". Postmedia. The Leader-Post. 
  20. ^ Giles, David. "Howard's Law for mandatory asbestos reporting in Saskatchewan near reality". 
  21. ^ "Buy Local Day Made Official in Saskatchewan". Harvard Broadcasting. CKRM - Harvard Broadcasting. 
  22. ^ Vigliotti, Marco. "Opposition NDP urges Saskatchewan Party to introduce Senate abolition resolution". Metro News. Metro News. 
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  24. ^ "2016 Elections Saskatchewan". Elections Saskatchewan. Elections Saskatchewan. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  25. ^ "Saskatoon election results: an overview of each riding". Star Phoenix. Star Phoenix. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  26. ^ Facebook
  27. ^ "Hovdestad Family History - Family Photo Book". Mixbook. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Magnus Broten: Obituary". The StarPhoenix. Postmedia Network. May 1, 2009. Retrieved January 20, 2016. 
  29. ^ Facebook

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