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MLA Michael Connolly attended the University of Ottawa to study history and political science in the French immersion program. He also completed an internship with the office of a New Democrat Member of Parliament, at which time he helped organize the NDP Women's Forum where issues of inequality and discrimination in the nation were addressed.

In addition to his duties as MLA of Calgary–Hawkwood, MLA Connolly serves as deputy chair of the Standing Committee on Private Bills and is a member of the Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future and the Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee.