Christmas Q&A with Premier Brad Wall
This month Global News sat down with Premier Brad Wall and NDP leader Cam Broten for year-end interviews on topics ranging from 2015 at the legislature to what’s expected in the upcoming election. We wanted to share the lighter side of the holidays with this Christmas Q&A:
Q: What’s Christmas with the Wall family like?
Wall: This year we’re hosting. Like most families, we alternate between each side, but we’re hosting my side so my parents will come over and my brother and his sons might visit from Alberta.
We play a little Risk. I’m not sure if other families do that or not. It’s risky at a family gathering. But that’s other than the usual stuff, with the turkey, tree and presents. We go to candlelight service at church the night before. Christmas will look a lot like that.
Q: Jumping back in time, what is the best Christmas gift you received as a child?
Wall: Johnny West action figure. He was a cowboy, came with an outstanding rubber/leather vest, a detachable hat… a lot of parts.
I lost a lot of the parts almost immediately, but they were great for that Christmas morning. Six-shooter, holster, Winchester, horse, a fake campfire which was very realistic for 1970-something. It was great.
Q: You’re a music buff. Can you pick out the worst cover of a Christmas song?
Wall: My favourite Christmas songs are Elvis’ Blue Christmas, Santa Bring My Baby Back; he does a great version of O Come All Ye Faithful. But anyone covering Blue Christmas, you just shouldn’t. That’s Elvis’ Blue Christmas. Leave it alone.
Q: What’s your guilty-pleasure snack food around the holidays?
Wall: My wife, Tami, has already been baking. I really like the baking, so it’s really squares. We never have as many squares as we do around Christmas time.
One of my favourite dishes for the dinner, which I’ve shared a few times and nobody has seemed that interested in, is mashed turnips and carrots. You put a little brown sugar in, salt and pepper, it’s a highlight of mine at Christmas dinner.Follow @mikemckinnon
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