By Dean Bennett THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON-The Alberta legislature has voted to remove from the government’s sovereignty bill a controversial provision that granted Premier Danielle Smith’s cabinet the power to bypass the legislature and rewrite laws as it saw fit. Smith’s United Conservative caucus used its majority Wednesday night to pass an amendment to affirm that the Alberta legislature still has the last word on lawmaking. The Opposition NDP voted against the amendment, saying the legislation remains “a hot mess express” of unconstitutional presumptions and capricious provincial powers that offend the democratic process and put a chill on business investment. The bill was introduced just over a week ago by Smith as the centrepiece legislation of her government to resist what it calls federal intrusion in areas of provincial authority
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