Christine Cusanelli

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Christine Cusanelli
Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly
for Calgary-Currie
In office
April 23, 2012 – May 5, 2015
Preceded byDave Taylor
Succeeded byBrian Malkinson
Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation
In office
May 8, 2012 – February 4, 2013
Preceded byJack Hayden
Succeeded byRichard Starke
Personal details
Born (1972-07-15) July 15, 1972 (age 46)
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Alma materUniversity of Alberta

Christine Cusanelli (born July 15, 1972) is a Canadian former politician who represented 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] until February 4, 2013. On May 5, 2015 she was voted out of office in Alberta's general election, losing her seat to Brian Malkinson of Alberta New Democratic Party.

Education and work[edit]

Cusanelli has a Bachelor of Education degree from Faculté Saint-Jean at the University of Alberta, and a master's 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.

In 2012, while in Alison Redford's cabinet, Cusanelli was forced to repay $10,600 in expenses, including $4,078 in airfare incurred after she flew her daughter and mother to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[2] In response to media questions, Cusanelli said the expenses were charged as a result of a misunderstanding.[3]


Her personal interests include running, cycling, swimming and golfing.[4]

She is a member of Chickwagon, a Calgary women's group that raises money and awareness for women in need.[5]

Election results[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015: Calgary-Currie
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Brian Malkinson 7,387 39.82
Progressive Conservative Christine Cusanelli 4,577 24.67
Wildrose Terry DeVries 3,769 20.32
Liberal Shelley Wark-Martyn 1,441 7.77
Alberta Party Tony Norman 1,006 5.42
Green Nelson Berlin 373 2.01
Total valid votes 18,553
Rejected, spoiled and declined 137
Turnout 18,690 50.1
Eligible voters 37,342
Source: Elections Alberta[6]
Alberta general election, 2012: Calgary-Currie
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Christine Cusanelli 6,814 44.63%
Wildrose Corrie Adolph 4,305 28.20%
Liberal Norval Horner 2,508 16.43%
New Democratic Robert Scobel 826 5.41%
Alberta Party Norm Kelly 556 3.64%
Evergreen Dean Halstead 259 1.70%


  1. ^ "About Christine Page". Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  2. ^ Cryderman, Kelly. "Calgary MLA Christine Cusanelli repays taxpayers after flying family members to Olympics". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  3. ^ "Minister Expenses Mom's London Olympics Travel, Regrets Error". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  4. ^ "Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation". Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  5. ^ "About Christine Page". Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  6. ^ "2015 Provincial General Election Results". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on 2017-07-30. Retrieved 2017-07-30.

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