Betty Unger

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The Honourable
Betty E. Unger
Member of the Senate of Canada
Assumed office
January 6, 2012
Appointed by Stephen Harper
Constituency Alberta
Personal details
Born (1943-08-21) August 21, 1943 (age 71)
Sexsmith, Alberta[1]
Political party Conservative
Other political
Progressive Conservative

Betty E. Unger (born August 21, 1943) is a Canadian politician and a current member of the Senate of Canada, from Alberta, Canada having been appointed in January 2012. Outside of politics Unger owned and operated a successful Alberta nursing services company for many years.

Political career[edit]

In 2000 Unger ran for the Canadian House of Commons as a candidate for the Canadian Alliance in Edmonton West, losing a close contest to Liberal Cabinet Minister Anne McLellan. The race was so close that the Canadian Alliance declared victory on election night and Unger was shown celebrating with her volunteers until officials determined that the Liberals had indeed garnered a plurality of the votes.

In 2004 she ran as a candidate in the 2004 Alberta senate nominee election. She finished a close second place behind Bert Brown. She is the first Albertan woman to be elected a Senator in waiting. On January 6, 2012, she was appointed to the Senate on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen Harper by Governor General David Johnston.[2]


  1. ^ Senate biography
  2. ^ "Harper appoints 7 new senators". CBC News. January 6, 2012. 

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