Michelle Bellefontaine

Provincial affairs reporter

Michelle Bellefontaine covers the Alberta legislature in Edmonton. She has also worked as a reporter in the Maritimes and in northern Canada. You can reach her at michelle.bellefontaine @cbc.ca.

Latest from Michelle Bellefontaine

After criticism, Premier Jason Kenney condemns racist elements at Edmonton torch rally

After two days of silence and criticism from other political leaders, Premier Jason Kenney on Monday condemned the racist elements and symbolism of a weekend torch rally on the Alberta legislature.

Rural counties and districts owed $245M in unpaid oil and gas taxes

Alberta’s municipal districts and counties say oil and gas companies owe them $245 million in unpaid property taxes, a 42 per cent increase over last year. 

Federal law on municipal gun bans could take precedence over Alberta bill, expert says

New gun control legislation proposed by the federal government would likely take precedence over a private member's bill that aims to prevent Alberta municipalities from passing municipal gun bans, according to a constitutional law expert. 

Pay-for-plasma collection coming to Alberta by end of the year

A private Canadian company that pays donors for their plasma will open sites in Edmonton and Calgary this fall, a move faciliated by repeal of a bill banning paid donations.

Alberta announces further expansion of COVID-19 rapid testing

Alberta is expanding its rapid testing program for COVID-19 to asymptomatic staff at all long-term care and supportive living facilities in the province. The government is also providing test kits for a pilot project at Suncor.

Government-run homes for disabled Albertans will not be privatized

The Alberta government has decided against privatizing residential and respite services it operates for children and adults with disabilities and their families. 

Alberta brings back scholarships commemorating Famous Five

The Alberta government has reinstated a scholarship created to honour a pivotal moment in the advancement of the rights of Canadian women that was cancelled last fall. 

Request for Keystone XL cabinet documents blocked by UCP MLAs

United Conservative MLAs defeated a motion proposed by the NDP that would have asked cabinet to release confidential information it considered before deciding to invest up to $7.5 billion in the Keystone XL pipeline. 

Province wants to sell money-making land titles and corporate registry services

The Alberta government is thinking about selling its profitable land titles, corporate and personal properties registries to a private company, according to public documents posted to its online procurement site. 

MLA Pat Rehn will pay back unauthorized expenses, Speaker says

Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pat Rehn will have to pay back some of the 2020 meal expenses he charged to the public purse after admitting on Facebook that some were submitted in error. 

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