Christine Cusanelli

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Christine Cusanelli
MLA
Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly
for Calgary-Currie
In office
April 23, 2012 – May 5, 2015
Preceded by Dave Taylor
Succeeded by Brian Malkinson
Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation
In office
May 8, 2012 – February 4, 2013
Preceded by Jack Hayden
Succeeded by Richard Starke
Personal details
Born (1972-07-15) July 15, 1972 (age 44)
Political party Progressive Conservative
Alma mater University of Alberta
Profession Educator

Christine Cusanelli, MLA, (born July 15, 1972) was a Canadian 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]

Interests[edit]

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
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Brian Malkinson 7,317
Progressive Conservative Christine Cusanelli 4,493
Wildrose Terry DeVries 3,748
Liberal Shelley Wark-Martyn 1,430
Alberta Party Tony Norman 1,126
Green Nelson Berlin 403
Total valid votes
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%

References[edit]

  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. 

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