Sandra Jansen was elected to her second term as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary-North West on May 5, 2015.
During her campaign for leadership of the Progressive Conservative party of Alberta in 2017, Ms. Jansen was subjected to such intense harassment for her political ideologies of protecting and promoting women and families, that she felt compelled to withdraw herself from running. This ultimately lead to her crossing the floor when she realized the formerly moderate party she called home for 30 years, was no longer representing the voices of her constituents.
With the NDP, she currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Families and Communities.
As well as previously serving as Associate Minister of Family and Community Safety and several other committees, she also served as Deputy Government Whip, chair of the Calgary caucus and co-chair of the Alberta Film Advisory Council.
Ms. Jansen earned a broadcasting diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and later studied French at McGill University. She also holds a master’s degree in professional communications from Royal Roads University. Ms. Jansen is an experienced journalist, having spent 23 years in the field, including 10 years as a national news anchor at CTV News Channel in Toronto. She also hosted the City TV Calgary show Your City from 2007 to 2010. Ms. Jansen later served as Premier Alison Redford’s southern Alberta communications manager from October 2011 to March 2012.
A passionate advocate and dedicated volunteer, over the years she has been a spokesperson and a volunteer for the United Way, Calgary Health Trust, and Ronald McDonald House and a board member at the Calgary Girls’ School. Ms. Jansen is an acrylic artist and has donated more than 50 paintings to various charities in the Calgary area.