With just one week to go before B.C.'s next provincial election, we wanted to get to know the party leaders outside of platform announcement and campaign stops — from how they unwind on the campaign trail to what their dream vacation is.

1. What is your favourite TV show?

B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark: I haven't had much time to watch TV on the campaign, but I always seem to watch CSI reruns when I run in the gym.

NDP Leader Adrian Dix: Hands down, it's the Rockford Files. Jim Rockford is one of the best TV characters of all times.  On the comedy front, News Radio comes a close second.

Green Party of B.C. Leader Jane Sterk: The National, especially the At Issue panel.

B.C. Conservative Leader John Cummins: I like watching baseball. As a Canadian, I support the Jays. As a West Coaster, I support the Mariners.  As a long-time fan, I like the Red Sox.

2. What's your go-to comfort food?

Clark: Spaghetti and meatballs.

Dix: Heinz Baked Beans--there is no other kind!

Sterk: Pizza from Primastrada in Victoria.

Cummins: Anything my wife cooks.

3. How do you unwind on the campaign trail?

Clark: Spending time with Hamish.

Dix: Hanging out with my wife Renee.

Sterk:  The unwind to my day actually starts at the beginning. I work out from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. If I do that, I get through the day well. If I don't, it takes more effort to marshal the energy for the day.

Cummins: I like the road trips. My wife and I in the old pickup truck on the road is the most relaxing time during the campaign.

4. What's your dream vacation?

Clark: With family in the Gulf Islands.

Dix: My favourite places to get away are in swing ridings, like Chilliwack.  I've spent many a relaxing night in Harrison Hot Springs, listening to the Jones Boys and dancing up a storm in the Copper Room.

Sterk:  Going to a beautiful place and spending a couple of weeks reading, sleeping, walking in nature. One of my dream places to explore is Haida Qwaii.

Cummins: Camping in B.C. or spending time in a condo in Maui.

5. If you had a theme song, what would it be?

Clark: If I had to choose one, right now it would be Kelly Clarkson's Stronger.

Dix: Change is gonna come by Sam Cooke.

Sterk: She Can Do Anything.

Cummins: On the Road Again.


  • NDP Leader Adrian Dix initially declined to participate, but later contributed his answers after the original article was published.
    May 06, 2013 3:00 AM PT