Betty Unger

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The Honourable
Betty E. Unger
Senator from Alberta
Assumed office
January 6, 2012
Nominated by Stephen Harper
Appointed by David Johnston
Personal details
Born (1943-08-21) August 21, 1943 (age 73)
Sexsmith, Alberta, Canada[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 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 media prematurely declared a Canadian Alliance victory on election night.

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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