|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Bow|
March 15, 2001 – May 5, 2015
|Preceded by||Bonnie Laing|
|Succeeded by||Deborah Drever|
|Born||Alana Suzanne DeLong
1948/1949 (age 67–68)
Nelson, British Columbia
|Political party||British Columbia Liberal Party|
|Children||Samantha and James|
|Residence||Thetis Island, British Columbia|
|Alma mater||University of British Columbia
University of Calgary
Alana Suzanne DeLong (born c. 1949) is a Canadian politician and candidate for the BC Liberals for the Nanaimo-North Cowichan riding. She is a 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.
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.
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.
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.
DeLong is married to Robert Spencer. She has two grown children, Samantha and James. She lived in the community of Bowness for more than 30 years and designed the log home she lives in with her family. DeLong returned to her native home of British Columbia in April 2015 and now lives on Thetis Island in the Southern Gulf Islands.
|Alberta general election, 2001: Calgary-Bow|
|Progressive Conservative||Alana DeLong||8,274||63.94%||9.51%|
|New Democratic||Jeff Bayliss||858||6.63%||−2.71%|
|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|
|Progressive Conservative||Alana DeLong||6,097||48.20%||−15.74%|
|New Democratic||Jennifer Banks||1,135||8.97%||2.34%|
|Alberta Alliance||James Istvanffy||1,017||8.04%|
|Social Credit||Douglas Picken||97||0.77%|
|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|
|Progressive Conservative||Alana DeLong||6,687||45.16%||−3.04%|
|Wildrose Alliance||Barry Holizki||1,425||9.62%||1.58%|
|New Democratic||Teale Bondaroff||507||3.42%||−5.55%|
|Social Credit||Len Skowronski||171||1.16%||0.39%|
|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|
|Progressive Conservative||Alana DeLong||6,997||47.2%|
|New Democratic||Jason Nishiyama||606||4.1%|
|Alberta Party||Ellen Phillips||232||1.6%|
- Alana DeLong - Today's BC Liberals
- "DeLong's Legislative Assembly of Alberta biography".
- "DeLong pulls out of Tory leadership race.". CBC News. October 11, 2006. Retrieved 2015-05-23.
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