A look at Brian Mason, leader of the Alberta NDP:
Born: Oct. 12, 1953, in Calgary
Education: Studied political science at University of Alberta
Personal: Wife Karin. Two sons Peter and Alex
Political Background: Edmonton city councillor for 11 years prior to winning a 2001 byelection. Elected party leader in 2004.
Before Politics: Drove Edmonton transit bus for eight years during the 1980s after schooling at University of Alberta.