Saskatchewan·In Depth

NDP leadership race: Candidate Profiles

A look at the three people who are in the running to be the next leader of the NDP in Saskatchewan.

The next NDP leader will be chosen during a convention Saturday.

Cam Broten, Trent Wotherspoon and Ryan Meili are running to be the next leader of the NDP in Saskatchewan. (CBC )

Members of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party are gathered in Saskatoon to choose a new leader.

While four people set out to campaign for the top spot, three are left after Erin Weir bowed out of the contest to support Ryan Meili.

Here is a look at the three choices the NDP have for leader:

Ryan Meili

Age: 37.

Born: Moose Jaw. Raised on a farm near Courval, in southwest Saskatchewan.

Education: University of Saskatchewan. For his first degree, he studied Human Anatomy and Languages. His second degree is in medicine.

  • Professional background: Family doctor.
  • Married to Mahli, who is training to be a pediatrician. They have one son, 18-month-old Abraham.
  • Meili has worked in South America and Africa.   
  • Has never been elected but ran for the Saskatchewan NDP leadership in 2009 and came in second to Dwain Lingenfelter.  

Trent Wotherspoon

Age: 33

Born: Regina. Also raised in Regina.

Education: University of Regina. Bachelor of Education degree.

  • Professional background: High school teacher. Has also worked with high-risk young offenders on a mentorship program to help them stay out of trouble
  • Married to Stephanie, a school teacher.
  • Politics: First elected in the constituency of Regina Rosemont in 2007. Re-elected in 2011. Currently the Opposition critic for finance, education, SaskPower, the Information Technology Office and the Global Transportation Hub.

Cam Broten

Age: 34

Born: Regina. Raised in northern Saskatchewan (La Loche, Green Lake, Meadow Lake, La Ronge) and Saskatoon.

Education: University of Saskatchewan (Bachelor degree in International Studies); Simon Fraser University (Master degree in Political Science).

  • Professional background: Former health policy manager for the Saskatchewan Medical Association and policy analyst with Saskatchewan Culture, Youth and Recreation. Also spent eight seasons as a tree planter.
  • Married to Ruth. They have two daughters, Ingrid and Clara.
  • Politics: First elected in Saskatoon Massey Place in 2007. Re-elected in 2011. Currently serves as the Opposition critic for health, seniors, advanced education, employment and immigration.

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With files from CBC's Stefani Langenegger