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Brad Wall, in 2011, at his Swift Current election campaign office with his mother Alice. (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press)

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says there is a touch of softness in him, a trait he attributes to his mom.

Wall was asked about the qualities he has taken from his mom, Alice Wall, in advance of Mother's Day.

"She's a soft heart," Wall told CBC Legislative reporter Stefani Langenegger. "I think I got a little bit of that."

Wall noted his mother also instilled in him a flair for cooking.

"I like to cook, especially Mennonite foods and dad can't offer much in that regard but mom's fantastic," Wall said.

Wall also recalled how his mother was active in the community, his hometown Swift Current, citing her time on the local school board. His father, John Wall, was also active in local politics so Wall said both his parents influenced him in that regard.

"I hope I got my mom's work ethic," Wall added. He recalled how his mother, in addition to her involvement in the community and church, worked as a secretary at the high school. "She had - has - a great work ethic. Still does."

He said that one quality he does not share with his mother is that of not being a complainer. Wall said his mom can always be counted on for her positive attitude. Even after some recent back surgery, he said, she offers no complaints when asked how she is doing.

Wall also shared an anecdote describing how patient and loving his mother can be, even when he came up a bit short for Mother's Day, years ago.

"I had nothing," Wall said, remembering a time from when he was in Grade 12 and did not pick up flowers or a card but went to meet his mom at a restaurant for Mother's Day. "I got to the restaurant and there were paper placemats. I borrowed a pen from mom ... and drew her this terrible picture."

The improvised card, which Wall said was  "lame and not very good," was accepted graciously.

"She still has that as one of her favourite Mother's Day presents," he said. "And also as a great source of shame for me."

With files from CBC's Stefani Langenegger