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Alberta Diary

David Climenhaga, author of the Alberta Diary blog, is a journalist, author, journalism teacher, poet and trade union communicator who has worked in senior writing and editing positions with the Toronto Globe and Mail and the Calgary Herald. His 1995 book, A Poke in the Public Eye, explores the relationships among Canadian journalists, public relations people and politicians. He left journalism after the strike at the Calgary Herald in 1999 and 2000 to work for the trade union movement. Alberta Diary focuses on Alberta politics and social issues.

Blog - Alberta Diary September 19
Alberta Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney and two of his MLAs are running around India acting as if they are representatives of the governments of both Canada and Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 18
Interior of House of Commons. Photo: Tania Liu/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Bravo, Leona Alleslev! Enjoy the cheers and the roses from the Conservative benches. History will soon forget you.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 17
David J. Climenhaga | Opposition Leader Jason Kenney wants it to look to his home audience as if he were already a premier. Plus, it’s good to be out of the country when reporters ask the wrong questions.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 16
David J. Climenhaga | The Ontario premier's use of the notwithstanding clause is long overdue proof that the Charter isn't worth the paper it's printed on.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 14
Alberta constitutional negotiators Merv Leitch and Peter Lougheed, said by some to be the inventors of the Notwithstanding Clause (Photo: Legal Archives Society of Alberta).
David J. Climenhaga | Doug Ford has just given Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the villain he needs to win the next federal election.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 13
Doug Ford and Andrew Scheer. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer had an opportunity to demonstrate real leadership and benefit from it by standing up to Doug Ford. He did nothing.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 12
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Photo: Marc Lostracci/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | It's tempting to see this as a small matter concerning only ambitious politicians in Toronto. But to paraphrase the old saw about the lost $5 bill, it's not the lousy five bucks, it's the principle.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 11
David J. Climenhaga | The rift between Premier Rachel Notley's Alberta New Democrats and the federal NDP led by Jagmeet Singh over the Trans Mountain Pipeline is wide and deep, but it is not unbridgeable -- yet.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 11
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces action to uphold the Better Local Government Act. Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Voters now need to ask politicians in what circumstances they would use Section 33. And if you live in Toronto, you should probably grab your pots and pans and hit the streets.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 10
Photo: CindyRoss.ca
David J. Climenhaga | Quite far, apparently. Calgary MLA Richard Gotfried defeated candidate Cindy Ross for a United Conservative Party nomination -- after startling revelations about the challenger's past views.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 6
Things didn’t look all that cheerful when Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Premier Justin Trudeau met in Edmonton yesterday (Photo: Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta).
David J. Climenhaga | The good news, if you're a believer in the Trans Mountain pipeline, is that the judgment of the Federal Court of Appeal in fact provides a roadmap for completing the project.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 5
Copy of National Post. Photo: Can Pac Swire/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | "Who is going to write the headlines and give the scripts to the journos?" asked MP Charlie Angus.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 3
Rally and march to raise the minimum wage in America. Photo: The All-Nite Images/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Despite the herculean efforts of the North American right, it would seem increasing numbers of workers are doing the math.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 3
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks to media. Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | This is how the rule of law works. If you don't like it, don't demand it.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 1
David J. Climenhaga | How hard is it to believe that Trudeau's team is prepared to give away the store for the privilege of staying in a rebranded North American Free Trade Agreement?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 31
David J. Climenhaga | The economics of the pipeline project were always pretty dubious, and remain so, despite enormous political capital invested by numerous political players.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 24
The White House
David J. Climenhaga | On August 24, 1814, British soldiers set flame to Washington, an anniversary that went unnoticed in the U.S. capital yesterday as more recent events loomed large.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 22
Andrew Scheer in Quebec. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Most Canadians, whether they speak English or French at home, aren't going to get their pantaloons in a twist if the PM is a little sharp in either official language with a racist heckler.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 21
Guy Kerr, departing president and CEO of the Alberta Workers Compensation Board. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Under Conservatives governments in the early 1990s, the workers' compensation system was subverted and undermined. The victims have been injured workers.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 20
David J. Climenhaga | The tendency on the right to try to criminalize dissent and dismiss fact as conspiracy, like forest fires in B.C. and California, is growing in intensity.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 17
AUPE members on strike, in July 1980 in defiance of premier Peter Lougheed’s no-strike legislation (Photo: Alberta Union of Provincial Employees).
David J. Climenhaga | While details are still scarce, this agreement with AUPE seems unlikely to give the opposition very much to get its critics' teeth into.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 16
Woman protests for a higher minimum wage. Photo: Fibonacci Blue/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | It's never a good idea to get your economic news from politicians with an axe to grind. Even so, some politicians are more likely to tell you the truth than others.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 11
Athabasca University President Neil Fassina. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J.Climenhaga | When you think about the state of negotiations between Athabasca University and its Faculty Association, remember it is no longer in financial peril.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 8
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, a few weeks before the October 2017 municipal election he won handily (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Panel members looking at polling during the 2017 Calgary municipal election also rapped the knuckles of Mainstreet Research, the company working with the Postmedia newspaper chain.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 7
David J. Climenhaga | Thanks to Saudi Arabia, our government has a chance to do the right thing. What could the Friends of Saudi Arabia, otherwise known as the Conservative Party of Canada, say, after all?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 6
David J. Climenhaga | Saudi Arabia is sending Canada's ambassador home. And if we don't shut up about their human rights abuses, they say they'll interfere in Canadian politics.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 6
David J. Climenhaga | Innovative? In 2011, the Conservatives actually started construction on the still-unfinished Grande Prairie hospital before they knew exactly what they planned to put inside it!
Blog - Alberta Diary August 2
Janis Irwin with Brian Mason in 2017 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Thanks to previous Alberta NDP leaders Brian Mason, Pam Barrett and Ray Martin, Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood is one of the safer ridings for the NDP in Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 1
Alberta Pollster Janet Brown (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Carleton University Journalism Professor Paul Adams, one of the three high-profile inquiry members, said this morning the surprise announcement leaves the panel "in a bit of a quandary."
Blog - Alberta Diary August 1
David J. Climenhaga | In 2017, the pollster that published optimistic results for the UCP yesterday admitted to "a catastrophic polling failure" in its coverage of the Calgary civic election.