Alana DeLong

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Alana DeLong
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Bow
In office
March 15, 2001 – May 5, 2015
Preceded by Bonnie Laing
Succeeded by Deborah Drever
Personal details
Born Alana Suzanne DeLong[1]
1948/1949 (age 66–67)[2]
Nelson, British Columbia
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Dennis Beck
Children Samantha and James
Residence Calgary, Alberta
Alma mater University of British Columbia
University of Calgary
Website http://www.alanadelong.com

Alana Suzanne DeLong (born c. 1949) is a Canadian politician and former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta who represented the constituency of Calgary-Bow as a Progressive Conservative. She was first elected in 2001 and reelected in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Alberta provincial elections. Alana DeLong did not run in 2015 general election.

Early life[edit]

DeLong was born in Nelson, British Columbia. She graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics (honours) with a drama minor before going on to complete courses toward a Masters of Computer Science degree at the University of Calgary. With more than 20 years experience in the information technology industry, DeLong has worked with many leading computer companies in Calgary including Barry W. Ramer & Partners Ltd. Canada's largest IBM PC VAR where she served as a leading Marketing Representative, Sterlingrock Systems Incorporated where she served as President and Sperry Univac where she worked as their first female computer mainframe salesperson. DeLong also holds the distinction of being the first female marketing manager with General Electric in Canada.

DeLong has long been an active community member. She served as president of Tuesday Nooners Toastmasters and extensively campaigned for the Cancer Fund, the Heart and Stroke Fund, the Canadian Red Cross Society, Flowers of Hope, and a number of municipal, provincial, and federal elections. DeLong has also drawn on her background in drama as an actress with Theatre Calgary, host of a television ski program, and singer with the Calgary Opera Chorus.[3]

Political life[edit]

DeLong first sought public office in the 2001 provincial election in the constituency of Calgary-Bow. In that election, DeLong received 64% of the vote. She was subsequently reelected in 2004 with a share of 48% and again in 2008 when she earned 45% of the vote.

DeLong intended to run as a candidate in the 2006 Progressive Conservative Leadership convention but decided against seeking the position prior to the nomination deadline. Up until the point of her departure from the race, she was the only female seeking the leadership.[4]

In addition to her role as an MLA, DeLong has been a member of a number of committees. She has served in the role of chair of the Standing Committee on Private Bills, the Nomination Review Committee of the Ministers Seniors Service Awards, and of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and SuperNet Committee, as well as the position of vice-chair of the Official Song Committee. DeLong has also served on the Regulatory Review Steering Committee, the Provincial Archives of Alberta Advisory Board, the Cabinet Policy Committee on Government Services, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts Committee, the Standing Policy Committee on Justice and Government Services, and the Standing Policy Committee on Law and Regulations and Public Accounts. As well, she has served as a member of a number of MLA Review Committees, including the MLA Committee to Review the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) Program, the MLA Committee to Review Low-Income Programs in Alberta, the MLA Committee to Review Marketing Tourism, the MLA Committee to Review Freedom of Information Practices, and the MLA Committee to Review the Select Conflicts of Interest Act.

DeLong served as a member of the Cabinet Policy Committee on Community Services, the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing, and the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund. She also serves as Co-chair of the Alberta Life Sciences Institute (ALSI) Board.

Personal life[edit]

DeLong is married to Dennis Beck. The couple has two grown children together, Samantha and James. She has lived in the community of Bowness for more than 30 years and designed the log home she lives in with her family. DeLong is also a nature enthusiast; she has taken in the views from several of Alberta's mountains and has canoed along most of southern Alberta's rivers.[3]

Election results[edit]

Alberta general election, 2001: Calgary-Bow
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Alana DeLong 8,274 63.94% 9.51%
Liberal Kelly McDonnell 3,230 24.60% −8.81%
New Democratic Jeff Bayliss 858 6.63% −2.71%
Green Jan Triska 394 3.05% 1.52%
Independent Margaret Askin 184 1.78%
Total 12,940
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 51
Eligible electors / Turnout 23,510 55.15%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 9.16%
Source: "Calgary-Bow Official Results 2001 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
Alberta general election, 2004: Calgary-Bow
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Alana DeLong 6,097 48.20% −15.74%
Liberal Kelly McDonnell 3,512 27.76% 3.16%
New Democratic Jennifer Banks 1,135 8.97% 2.34%
Alberta Alliance James Istvanffy 1,017 8.04%
Green Marie Picken 714 5.64% 4.12%
Social Credit Douglas Picken 97 0.77%
Independent Margaret Askin 78 0.62% −1.16%
Total 12,650
Rejected, spoiled and declined 90
Eligible electors / Turnout 27,026 47.14%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −9.45%
Source: "Calgary-Bow Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
Alberta general election, 2008: Calgary-Bow
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Alana DeLong 6,687 45.16% −3.04%
Liberal Greg Flanagan 5,173 34.93% 7.17%
Wildrose Alliance Barry Holizki 1,425 9.62% 1.58%
Green Randy Weeks 845 5.71% 0.07%
New Democratic Teale Bondaroff 507 3.42% −5.55%
Social Credit Len Skowronski 171 1.16% 0.39%
Total 14,808
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 64
Eligible electors / Turnout 34,945 42.55%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing −5.11%
Source: The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-seventh Legislative Assembly. Elections Alberta. July 28, 2008. pp. 174–177. 
Alberta general election, 2012: Calgary-Bow
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Alana DeLong 6,997 47.2%
Wildrose Tim Dyck 5,700 38.4%
Liberal Stephanie Shewchuk 1,302 8.8%
New Democratic Jason Nishiyama 606 4.1%
Alberta Party Ellen Phillips 232 1.6%
Total 14,837

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