POLITICS
04/22/2012 04:30 EDT | Updated 06/21/2012 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

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.