5 questions with B.C.'s party leaders

Find out how the party leaders unwind on the campaign trail, or what their dream vacation is.
British Columbians head to the polls on May 14. (CBC)

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