Christmas Q&A with NDP leader Cam Broten
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 a Christmas holiday with the Brotens like?
Broten: We’re a Norwegian background, so the 24th is our big time celebration in the evening when we open gifts. It’s a break from things, we’ll head to my folks’ cabin for a few days that’s about an hour-and-a-half north of Saskatoon to dust off the cross-country skis and enjoy the province.
Then we always go down to my wife’s parents’ farm north of Swift Current. Right now there’s a ton of cousins that are under eight-years-old, so it’s a little wild, but we have a blast so I’m looking forward to being there.
Q: What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
Broten: I think A Charlie Brown Christmas is the best. I know it’s shorter than a movie, but that’s what stands out.
Q: Best gift you’ve ever received?
Broten: I always ask for socks and underwear. That’s essential, but maybe not the best.
I don’t want to be overly cheesy, but this year with my kids, through a program, we chose a child who may not have a whole lot at Christmas. We went out together to buy the gifts and wrap them up. It’s a bit of a teachable moment and reminder to us about what’s really important.
In terms of gifts from my wife, I often get a Norwegian sweater from her and that’s one of my favourites to break out throughout the year.
Q: Now what about the best gift you’ve given?
Broten: Sometimes what the parents think is the best gift isn’t exactly what the kids think is the best. They like the wrapping paper or the box. As my kids are running around with plastic pales on their heads and running around, having fun with the simple things, it’s a reminder it’s not always about the gadgets or newest toys.
We like giving books to our kids that we go back to throughout the year, those sort of long-lasting ones are most significant. Toys break and disappear or get lost.
Q: Do you have a guilty-pleasure holiday food?
Broten: That’s easy. My mother-in-law makes these nuts and bolts, a party mix that I love. I probably eat more of that than the actual Christmas meal at times. I have a reputation for eating my fair share of that.Follow @mikemckinnon
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