Christine Cusanelli

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The Honourable
Christine Cusanelli
Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly
for Calgary-Currie
Assumed office
April 23, 2012
Preceded by Dave Taylor
Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation
In office
May 8, 2012 – February 4, 2013
Preceded by Jack Hayden
Succeeded by Richard Starke
Personal details
Born (1972-07-15) July 15, 1972 (age 42)
Political party Progressive Conservative
Alma mater University of Alberta
Profession Educator

Christine Cusanelli, MLA, (born July 15, 1972) is a Canadian politician who represents the electoral district of Calgary-Currie in the Alberta Legislature. Cusanelli was elected to her first term as MLA for Calgary-Currie on April 23, 2012. Cusanelli was the minister for Tourism, Parks, and Recreation from May 8, 2012,[1] to February 4, 2013.[2]

Education and Work[edit]

Cusanelli has a Bachelor of Education degree from Faculté Saint-Jean at the University of Alberta, and a Masters degree in psychology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She started her career as a teacher with the Calgary Catholic School District where she taught elementary and junior-high students in French immersion and other educational settings. Most recently Cusanelli led St. Michael's School (K-9) in implementing two International Baccalaureate programs. She has been a keen supporter and advocate for students with special needs and learning challenges.[citation needed]

She became a principal at age 32. In this role she began an outreach program that included visiting seniors' homes, working with Inn from The Cold] and opening the school up to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary.


During her tenure as Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation, Cusanelli got into hot water when she expensed personal flights for family members to the 2012 London Olympics while representing the Government of Alberta. She was later forced to pay back over $4,000 in airfare.[3] In 2013, the Canadian Taxpayer's Federation awarded Cusanelli with the provincial Teddy Award, an award that roasts, "the year’s worst and funniest examples of government waste."[4]


Her personal interests include running, cycling, swimming and golfing.[5]

She is a member of Chickwagon, a Calgary women’s group that raises money and awareness for women in need.[6]

Election results[edit]

2012 Alberta general election Turnout % Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Christine Cusanelli 6,814 44.63% % *
     Wildrose Corrie Adolph 4,305 28.20% *
     Liberal Norval Horner 2,508 16.43% % %
     NDP Robert Scobel 826 5.41% % *
     Alberta Party Norm Kelly 556 3.64% % *
Evergreen Dean Halstead 259 1.70% % *
Total ' 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined '
Eligible Electors
     Progressive Conservative pickup from Alberta Party Swing %


  1. ^ "About Christine Page". Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Redford Downsizes Cabinet". Retrieved February 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ Gerein, Keith (2012-12-06). "Calgary MLA Christine Cusanelli repays taxpayers after flying family members to Olympics". Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  4. ^ "15th Annual "Teddy" Government Waste Awards Winners". 2013-03-06. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  5. ^ "Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation". Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "About Christine Page". Retrieved September 26, 2012. 

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