How the leaders stack up

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Profile

  • Age: 47
  • Born: October 29, 1965, in Burnaby, B.C.
  • Hometown: Vancouver

Experience

Clark served as an MLA from 1996 to 2005 and was deputy premier from 2001 to 2005. She was elected the B.C. Liberal Leader in February 2011.

Before Politics

During her break from politics, Clark hosted a radio talk show.

Education

Clark studied political science and religious studies at Simon Fraser University, the Sorbonne in France and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Personal

Lives with her son Hamish.

Fun Fact

Clark's first car was a Volkswagen Bug with Fred Flintstone brakes, aka a hole in the floor.

Profile

  • Age: 49
  • Born: April 20, 1964, in Vancouver, B.C.
  • Hometown: Vancouver

Experience

Dix served as chief of staff to former premier Glen Clark from 1996 to 1999. Dix has served as the MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway since 2005. He was elected leader of the B.C. NDP in 2011.

Before Politics

Dix was the executive director for Canadian Parents for French B.C.-Yukon Branch from 2000 to 2005.

Education

Dix has a degree in political science from the University of British Columbia, where he also studied history.

Personal

Lives with his wife Renee.

Fun Fact

Dix is a sports devotee, from football to basketball to wrestling. He is a huge fan of the U.S. football team the Buffalo Bills.

Profile

  • Age: 66
  • Born: January 14, 1947, in Edmonton, Alta.
  • Hometown: Victoria

Experience

Sterk served as a city councillor in Esquimalt from 2005 to 2008. Sterk was named leader of the Green Party of B.C. in October 2007.

Before Politics

Sterk was a teacher and has worked as a mental health consultant with the Edmonton Board of Health. She also operated a successful computer retail business.

Education

Sterk has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Alberta.

Personal

Lives with her husband John. They have two sons and two grandsons.

Fun Fact

When Sterk retired in 1997, she and her husband planned to sail the world. In 1999, they made it as far as Washington before turning back because of seasickness. In 2001, they sailed to Mexico and back.

Profile

  • Age: 70
  • Born: March 12, 1942, in Georgetown, Ont.
  • Hometown: Richmond

Experience

Cummins served as a Conservative MP from 1997 to 2008. He was acclaimed the B.C. Conservative Party Leader in May 2011.

Before Politics

Cummins was a teacher in the Northwest Territories, Alberta and Delta, B.C. He also owned and operated a commercial fishing company for more than 20 years.

Education

Cummins has a masters in Measurement Evaluation and Research Methodology from the University of British Columbia.

Personal

Lives with his wife Sue. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

Fun Fact

Cummins came to B.C. in the 1960s to work on the WAC Bennett Dam.