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Sandra Jansen
MLA for Calgary-North West
Assumed office
Preceded by Lindsay Blackett
Personal details
Born 1963/1964 (age 52–53)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Political party Progressive Conservative
Children 1
Residence Calgary
Profession Broadcast journalist

Sandra Jansen (born c. 1963) is a Canadian politician who is an elected member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Calgary-North West.[1]

Her first experience in politics was with the Ron Ghitter campaign for the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives in 1985, alongside Alison Redford.[1] Soon after, Jansen began a 25-year career in television broadcast journalism – first at CHAT-TV in Medicine Hat, then CICT-DT in Calgary, then in Montreal. Her career apex was in the late 1990s at CTV NewsNet/CTV News Channel in Toronto as one of their anchors. In the mid-2000s Jansen left Toronto to return to Calgary, anchoring the nightly news for Citytv Calgary.[2]

In 2007, Jansen left journalism to obtain a master's degree in professional communications, graduating in 2009.[1] This degree led her back into Alberta provincial politics, when in autumn 2011 Jansen was hired by incoming Premier Alison Redford to be part of Redford's communications team.[1] She was elected to the legislative assembly in 2012.[1]

Jansen was named an associate minister on July 26, 2013, and sworn in on August 1, 2013[3] in the position of Minister of Family and Community Safety. Jansen tackled many tough issues including human trafficking, violence against women and child exploitation.[4] Jansen has also previously served as a member of the standing committee on families and communities, Standing committee on Privileges and Elections, and chair of the Calgary caucus.[5]

As the newly elected MLA of Calgary-North West, Jansen spearheaded many initiatives including rallying the importance of a new middle school in the community of Rocky Ridge/Royal Oak to then Education Minister, Jeff Johnson. The prospective school had been dropped from second to seventh place on the priority list of schools produced by the Calgary Board of Education in 2012.[6] After successfully demonstrating the need of constituents in the Calgary North-West community, the provincial government announced on May 1, 2013, that Rocky Ridge/Royal Oak would receive a new middle school, planned to open in fall 2016.[7]

Jansen also played a pivotal role in stopping an urban drilling site, proposed by Kaiser Exploration Ltd, where 4 oil wells were planned to be drilled within 400 meters of the northwest residential community of Royal Oak.[8] Jansen successfully expressed to legislature that current drilling policies do not take into account high-density areas.[9] After meetings with then Energy Minister, Ken Hughes, Jansen and Hughes discussed the importance of appropriate urban drilling policies for all Albertans, which takes into account air and water quality, pollution, and appropriate emergency evacuation routes.[10] Jansen sponsored the urban drilling review motion, which was later passed in April 2013, to determine whether adequate policy was in place regarding urban community drilling sites.[8] Jansen also successfully identified 3 possible alternative drilling locations.[8] In October 2013, it was announced that Kaiser Exploration Ltd. would be moving its drilling sites 2.3 kilometers away.[11]

In March 2014, Jansen was widely criticized after an appearance on CTV News Channel's Power Play in which she insulted MLA Len Webber for leaving the PC Party caucus.[12] Jansen said Webber should "go back to being an electrician".[12] Many found it ironic that Jansen had recently been given the associate minister of family and community safety portfolio, a role in which she had focused on combating bullying.[12]

In 2014, it was revealed that on at least one occasion Jansen had traveled with her daughter on the fleet of government private aircraft along with Redford.[13]

Jansen was shuffled out of the provincial cabinet on September 15, 2014.[14]

Electoral history[edit]

Alberta general election, 2012: Calgary-North West
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Sandra Jansen 7,683 51.76%
Wildrose Chris Challis 5,454 36.74%
Liberal Robert Prcic 992 6.68%
New Democratic Brian Malkinson 471 3.17%
Evergreen Bryan Hunt 140 0.94%
Alberta Party Troy Millington 103 0.69%
Alberta general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Sandra Jansen 6,335 32.8%
New Democratic Karen Mills 5,693 29.5%
Wildrose Jeff Callaway 5,156 26.7%
Alberta Party Chris Blatch 1,177 6.1%
Liberal Neil Marion 934 4.8%


  1. ^ a b c d e Penty, Rebecca. "PCs extend 15-year hold on Calgary North West". Calgary Herald, April 24, 2012.
  2. ^ "About - Sandra Jansen MLA". Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
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  12. ^ a b c "Anti-bully minister Sandra Jansen MIA from the Alberta Legislature since 'electrician' blast against Len Webber". Calgary Sun, March 19, 2014.
  13. ^ "Former premier Redford brought daughter on dozens of government flights". Edmonton Journal, April 14, 2014.
  14. ^ "Jim Prentice’s new cabinet unveiled". CTV News, September 15, 2014.