Sandra Jansen

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Sandra Jansen
MLA
MLA for Calgary-North West
Incumbent
Assumed office
2012
Preceded by Lindsay Blackett
Personal details
Born 1963/1964 (age 50–51)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence Calgary
Profession Broadcast journalist

Sandra Jansen (born c. 1963) is a Canadian politician who is an elected member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Calgary-North West.[1][2]

Her first experience in politics was with the Ron Ghitter campaign for the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives in 1985, alongside Alison Redford.[3] Soon after, Jansen began a 25-year career in television broadcast journalism – first at CICT in Calgary, then in Montreal.[4] Her career apex was in the late 1990s at CTV NewsNet/CTV News Channel in Toronto as one of their anchors.[4] In the mid-2000s Jansen left Toronto to return to Calgary, anchoring the nightly news for Citytv Calgary.

In 2007, Jansen left journalism to obtain a master's degree in professional communications – graduating in 2009.[3][4] This degree led her back into Alberta provincial politics, when in autumn 2011 Jansen was hired by incoming Premier Alison Redford to be part of Redford's communications team.[3][4]

In March 2014, Jansen was widely criticized after an appearance on CTV's Power and Politics in which she insulted MLA Len Webber for leaving the PC Party caucus.[5] Jansen said Webber should "go back to being an electrician". Many found it ironic that Jansen had recently been given the associate minister of family and community safety portfolio, a role in which she had focused on combating bullying. Federal Minister of Western Economic Development, Michelle Rempel tweeted soon after the incident "My brother-in-law is an electrician. He's kind of a stand up guy and a wee bit in demand these days."[6] Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney also criticized Jansen in a tweet stating "...In other words, we should value, not denigrate, electricians" and later linking to the clip of Jansen's remarks on CTV.[7]

In 2014, it was revealed that Jansen had traveled with her daughter on several occasions on the fleet of government private aircraft along with Redford. Jansen has refused to apologize for bringing her daughter.[8] Alberta's Auditor General later found that Redford enjoyed a “personal benefit” by taking her daughter on these flights.[9]

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