My favourite recreation is the Canadian wilderness: there is nothing that refreshes mind and body quite like a canoe trip.  I also enjoy running, hockey, skiing, hiking, tennis, basketball, Canadian football, yoga and many other sports.  Books are also a major passion: my interests range from Chinese history to the Middle East, Afghanistan and South Asia; from the Yukon to Cape Breton Island.  In the end, losing last year’s election has had a massive silver lining: the chance to spend more time with family and friends.