03/26/2012 12:10 EDT | Updated 05/26/2012 05:12 EDT

Brian Mason: The man who is driving the Alberta New Democrats' bus

A look at Brian Mason, leader of the Alberta NDP:

Age: 58

Born: Oct. 12, 1953, in Calgary

Hometown: Edmonton

Education: Studied political science at University of Alberta

Personal: Wife Karin. Two sons Peter and Alex

October 28, 2011 Riding: Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood

Political Background: Edmonton city councillor for 11 years prior to winning a 2001 byelection. Elected party leader in 2004.

Before Politics: Drove Edmonton transit bus for eight years during the 1980s after schooling at University of Alberta.

Quote: "The debate in the legislature is largely a formality. The opposition stands up and makes its arguments and the government ignores it by and large. We're talking past the government to the people — and they can make the government pay attention."