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, 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
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. In response to media questions, Cusanelli said the expenses were charged as a result of a misunderstanding.
Her personal interests include running, cycling, swimming and golfing.
She is a member of Chickwagon, a Calgary women's group that raises money and awareness for women in need.
|Calgary-Currie2015 Alberta general election:|
|New Democratic||Brian Malkinson||7,387||39.82|
|Progressive Conservative||Christine Cusanelli||4,577||24.67|
|Alberta Party||Tony Norman||1,006||5.42|
|Total valid votes||18,553|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||137|
|Source: Elections Alberta|
|Calgary-Currie2012 Alberta general election:|
|Progressive Conservative||Christine Cusanelli||6,814||44.63%|
|New Democratic||Robert Scobel||826||5.41%|
|Alberta Party||Norm Kelly||556||3.64%|