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


Former Needle employee speaks of humiliation, ostracism after assault

A former employee of The Needle Vinyl Tavern said it was demeaning, humiliating and damaging when James Leder groped her four times in front of customers and other employees in March 2017. 

Rumours of $38M cut to NAIT are false, minister says

Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides says rumours of a $38 million cut to the budget of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) are “completely false.” 

NDP accuses UCP of plan to make rural communities pay for policing

Residents of smaller, rural Alberta municipalities could soon pay $400 a year more in taxes if the UCP goes ahead with to recover policing costs, the NDP said Wednesday. But the justice minister accused them of fear-mongering.

Premier Jason Kenney rejects Ecojustice's concerns about inquiry bias and fairness

Premier Jason Kenney is rejecting concerns from an environmental legal advocacy group about bias and a lack of fairness in the public inquiry into foreign funding of critics of Alberta's oil and gas industry.

Alberta will hire 30 new nurse practitioners to work in under-served areas of province

The Alberta government is spending an extra $3 million this year to hire 30 new nurse practitioners to work in under-served areas of the province. 

Alberta rejects judge pay raise recommended by independent commission

The Alberta government is rejecting a recommendation by a 2017 independent commission that would see salaries for provincial court judges increase by $24,500 over four years.

Liberals see chance in Edmonton Strathcona after NDP MP's retirement

Linda Duncan's decision not to run again for the NDP in Edmonton Strathcona has raised Liberal hopes of snapping up the seat on Oct. 21.

Alberta licenses private examiners to reduce road-test backlog

The Alberta government plans to license private driving examiners to reduce a weeks-long backlog of road tests for new drivers.

Amnesty International says Jason Kenney's 'fight back' strategy violates human rights

Amnesty International Canada says the Alberta government’s plan to fight people who criticize the oil and gas industry exposes them to threats, intimidation and violates their human rights.

Former Alberta cabinet minister back in the skies with Air Canada

Ricardo Miranda was the minister of culture and tourism under former premier Rachel Notley. After his defeat in the election last April, Miranda went back to his old job as a flight attendant with Air Canada.

Alberta government wins its appeal, overturning AUPE's Bill 9 injunction

Alberta's top court is allowing the government's Bill 9 to come back into effect after overturning an injunction, granted by an Alberta Court of Queen's Bench judge, that had blocked it.

Widening southwest portion of Anthony Henday Drive to start this fall

The three-year project, announced last year by the previous NDP government, will widen the section of the ring road between Whitemud Drive and Calgary Trail from four to six lanes. 

Legislated wage rates likely unconstitutional, labour expert says

A labour expert says a recommendation in the MacKinnon report to legislate wages for public sector workers appears to violate the Charter of Rights if it is adopted by the Alberta government.

'Our members are ready for it': Alberta unions vow to fight legislated wages

Alberta’s public sector unions say they’ll fight any move by the United Conservative government to legislate their wages or enact back-to-work legislation in the case of a strike. 

MacKinnon panel urges legislated salaries for public sector workers, higher tuitions

The blue ribbon panel's report on Alberta's finances is recommending salaries for public sector workers be legislated, private clinics be allowed to perform day procedures and the freeze on post-secondary tuition be ended.