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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, who Broten would appoint to be his deputy leader immediately after the leadership election, and economist Erin Weir although Weir withdrew before the vote. Broten won the leadership on the second ballot.
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.
Broten has been known to focus on seniors care, better access and shorter wait times for health care, the elimination of high-cost ambulance fees and a lower cost of living for families in the province. Broten has also proposed caps on classrooms sizes and an increase in the number of educational assistants and pushed for economic reforms including a new procurement policy, and moving away from P3 deals, which he says costs more and ships benefits to other jurisdictions. Broten supports responsible resource development in Saskatchewan.
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 - known as Howard's Law - as well as measures to support local business and convincing the government to change its long-standing policy on Canada's Senate. Broten has consistently supported abolishment of Canada's upper chamber.
Broten and his wife, Ruth, live in the Saskatoon Massey Place constituency with their three daughters, Ingrid, Clara and Gudrun.
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