Alberta government prorogued, spelling end for pension bills

Alberta's legislature was prorogued Thursday morning — a move that has killed two controversial pension bills the province says will not be reconsidered.

Alberta's legislature was prorogued Thursday morning — a move that has killed two controversial pension bills the province says will not be reconsidered.

The government is set to return Nov. 17 when the session will start with a speech from the throne.

Prorogation means that the two pension bills — Bill 9 and Bill 10 — will die on the order paper. The government says it will not reintroduce those bills in the next sitting. 

The bills, which would make significant changes to private and public pensions, was met heavy resistance from labour groups.

The move also gives Jim Prentice more time to call byelections. Prentice himself does not hold a seat in the legislature, and neither do two of his newly-appointed cabinet members.

"Premier Prentice has told Albertans that members of cabinet who are not currently MLAs will seek seats in byelections so they can represent Albertans and the government in the legislature," Government House Leader Diana McQueen wrote in a release announcing the prorogation. 

She said more details about byelections will be released at a later date. 

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