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
NDP says government house leader lied about earplug incident
The NDP is claiming United Conservative House Leader Jason Nixon deliberately misled the legislature when he said no one used the earplugs distributed by Premier Jason Kenney during last week’s Bill 9 debate.
Alberta's largest sector union takes provincial government to court over Bill 9
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees is seeking an injunction against the government to allow a wage arbitration hearing to proceed by the end of June.
Alberta asks Court of Appeal to rule on federal carbon tax
Alberta will ask the province's Court of Appeal to rule on the constitutionality of the federal carbon tax.
Alberta premier's earplug stunt called 'light-hearted' caucus morale-booster
A spokesperson for Premier Jason Kenney is dismissing complaints that he disrespected the legislature and public sector workers by handing out earplugs to his caucus during a debate on a bill that delays wage reopener talks until the end of October.
Alberta bill aims to speed up accreditation of foreign-trained professionals
Bill 11, the Fair Registration Practices Act, was created after the United Conservative Party heard from people who trained as professionals and tradespeople in other countries about the delays they face getting their credentials recognized in Canada.
Alberta premier cautious in evaluation of TMX approval
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is happy the federal government approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion but said it’s still too early for jubilation.
Opposition accuses UCP of killing debate on controversial bill
UCP House leader Jason Nixon is denying opposition accusations that he is trying to kill debate on Bill 9, the government’s proposed legislation to delay wage arbitration for teachers, nurses and other public sector workers until the end of October.
Education minister walks back earlier statement on Alberta GSA protections
Adriana LaGrange issued a statement at 4:43 p.m. on Friday saying “Alberta will have among the most comprehensive statutory protections for gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in Canada.” On Monday, she said the legislation will still be Canada's strongest.
Bill 9 seeks delay in wage talks for teachers, nurses, government workers until Oct. 31
The United Conservative government wants to delay wage talks for tens of thousands of teachers, nurses and government workers until the end of October under a new bill introduced in the legislature Thursday.
Bill to delay wage arbitration for Alberta nurses, teachers, government workers coming Thursday
Alberta’s new United Conservative government plans to introduce a bill Thursday to delay public sector wage arbitration talks that are part of the contracts of thousands of teachers, nurses and government and workers.
Breaking public sector contracts an option for new UCP government
Alberta public sector unions have been warned that the government is contemplating legislation to break their contracts by delaying a reopening of wage talks until it gets advice from a panel on the province's finances.
Legislation for new Indigenous Opportunities Corporation coming this fall
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says legislation is coming this fall to create a new Crown corporation to help First Nations gain ownership in oil and gas projects, including the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
UCP government commits to funding student enrolment growth
Growth in school enrolment will be covered by the government this fall, Finance Minister Travis Toews said in the legislature Monday.
All-night filibuster against labour bill ends Thursday evening
A overnight filibuster by the NDP Official Opposition against proposed changes to labour legislation ended Thursday night, completing the longest Wednesday in Alberta legislature history.
Privacy laws will protect LGBTQ students, UCP says as amended Education Act introduced
The Alberta government says privacy legislation will prevent LGBTQ students in gay-straight alliances from being outed, despite proposed changes in education legislation that would end protections enacted by the previous NDP government.