Lead­ers re­veal their favourite things

Cape Breton Post - - Province / Atlantic -

Po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences aside, Nova Sco­tia’s ma­jor party lead­ers can find com­mon ground on a few fronts: They all en­joy po­lit­i­cal non-fic­tion, lo­cally tai­lored suits and the province’s beaches.

But sharp dif­fer­ences in taste emerged else­where in a sur­vey of the lead­ers’ cul­tural, sports and other per­sonal pref­er­ences.

Tory leader Jamie Bail­lie said his favourite food was Thai cui­sine -- “pad thai, glass noo­dles, you name it.”

Both Lib­eral Stephen McNeil and the NDP’s Gary Bur­rill kept it sim­ple, how­ever, when it came to their culi­nary favourites.

The premier re­vealed that McDon­ald’s is his go-to meal, while Bur­rill said there’s noth­ing like a “good old-fash­ioned” ham­burger and fries.

Their re­sponses to a sur­vey by The Cana­dian Press ap­peared to line up with their po­lit­i­cal per­sonas, par­tic­u­larly when it came to their TV-view­ing habits.

McNeil said he re­laxes by watch­ing home ren­o­va­tion shows hosted by no-non­sense, bud­get-con­scious con­trac­tors like “Holmes on Homes” and “Leave it to Bryan.”

Bail­lie, who has cam­paigned as a fam­ily man, said he watches fam­ily come­dies like The Simp­sons and Mod­ern Fam­ily.

McNeil and Bail­lie both said they favour stream­ing ser­vices like Net­flix over ca­ble. Mean­while, Bur­rill has cut the ca­ble cord al­to­gether at home, but said he watches some TV news at the of­fice.

Bur­rill said he prefers the ra­dio to screen en­ter­tain­ment, of­ten turn­ing his dial to hear the base­ball play-by-play, es­pe­cially if it’s a Bos­ton Red Sox game.

“Base­ball is my sport!” the NDP leader said. “When my fam­ily lived in Bos­ton, I used to take my kids to the game a few times a week.”

The other two lead­ers said they are Toronto Blue Jays fans.

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