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Published on Jun 15, 2010
When Conservative MP Mike Lake graduated from John Maland High School in Devon, Alberta, little did he know that twenty years later, he would be sitting in the Conservative caucus with one of his classmates, Rona Ambrose. And even though his great-uncle Fred Colborne was a provincial Cabinet Minister under Ernest Manning, Mike had no desire to enter politics until after he was well established as the Director of Sales for the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. Like most kids, Mike grew up wanting to play in the NHL, but when hockey didn't pan out, Mike went to study at the University of Alberta and earned a degree in Commerce. He still plays hockey, almost every weekend when he's back home in Edmonton. The father of two, daughter Jenae who's 10 and son Jaden who's 14 and autistic, married for 17 years to wife Debi, Mike Lake, the MP for Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont talks to Catherine Clark about his life Beyond Politics.