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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 March 27
Wilkdrose Energy Critic Drew Barnes (right). (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Wildrose Energy Critic Drew Barnes is drawing fire for putting some of his own money into a documentary that questions global climate change.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 24
Alberta Education Minister David Eggen (David Climenhaga photo)
David Climenhaga | The government needs to remember that sometimes in history, the right thing is more than just the only thing decent people can do, but the right thing politically too.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 23
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall
David J. Climenhaga | What will those Alberta politicians who insist sales-tax-raising Brad Wall of Saskatchewan is Western Canada’s “real leader” say now?
Blog - Alberta Diary March 22
At right, Calgary-Fish Creek PC MLA Richard Gotfried (from his Facebook page).
David J. Climenhaga | There is part of a long tradition in Alberta politics of dubious Russian political metaphors. PC MLA Richard Gotfried is the latest politician to yield to this temptation.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 19
David J. Climenhaga | Kenney won leadership in the first ballot on Saturday. His victory will push the provincial party even further to the right.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 18
David J. Climenhaga | Kenney's pending victory as Alberta PC leader another attempt on Manning's part to Unite the Right in Wild Rose Country.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 17
Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | It was Budget Day in Alberta and the sense of relief in the halls of the Legislature was palpable, again.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 15
Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | If Wildrose Leader Brian Jean fights for the leadership of a combined right-wing party in Alberta with Jason Kenney, could he win?
Blog - Alberta Diary March 14
Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray at March 13, 2017, news conference (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's labour laws haven't been meaningfully updated since 1988, but the NDP government plans consultations before introducing needed changes.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 14
Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray (Image: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | First contract compulsory arbitration: will the Alberta NDP enact even that sensible and nearly universal reform? We have no idea.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 12
Chrystia Freeland
David J. Climenhaga | The fact the Foreign Affairs Minister tried to pass off her grandfather's history, which we now know to be true, as Russian disinformation should concern us all.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 9
Alberta Education Minister David Eggen (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | All right-wing parties have to defend their support for excessive funding for ritzy private schools is the risible claim such schools offer "choice," and, you know, choice is good.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 8
Wildrose Leader Brian Jean with reporters (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | The Wildrose leader distanced himself from a campus club that published an offensive ad -- although a photo on social media shows him meeting the same group not long ago.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 7
Jason Kenney (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | We sat through this movie once before. Now we're watching the horrifying big-budget sequel next door.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 6
Texas State Capitol, Austin (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | I expect the small NDP group will be made to feel right at home today by the nabobs of the petroleum industry in Houston, and will feel naturally at home tomorrow in Austin.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 5
Interim Alberta PC Leader Ric McIver
David J. Climenhaga | The estimated millions we Alberta taxpayers spend every year subsidizing elite private schools has to come from somewhere too. The return on investment is not as clear!
Blog - Alberta Diary March 3
Party crasher Jason Kenney (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | When it comes to its own core constituencies, Alberta's NDP government continues to be too cautious – undoubtedly a hangover from the rough ride it got over Bill 6.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 2
Alberta Liberal Leadership candidate Nolan Crouse (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Why should voters who support NDP policy -- even if they don't love the NDP -- risk voting for the Alberta Liberals? Nolan Crouse must answer this question to succeed.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 1
Alberta Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell reads the 2016 Throne Speech (GoA photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Unlike the two NDP throne speeches, those of the Progressive Conservatives in recent years were less likely to deliver on their key promises.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 27
Jason Kenney (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's conservatives want to continue heavily subsidizing private schools and other forms of exclusionary education while cutting funds to public services.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 26
Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci at Friday's newser (Screenshot of GoA video)
David J. Climenhaga | Some of the costly flaws of Alberta's Agencies, Boards and Commissions Sector are a hangover from the days it served as a green pasture for semi-retired Tory warhorses.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 25
Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | As yesterday’s fiscal update shows, Albertans will actually have a rare meaningful choice in approaches to budgeting when the next general election rolls around.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 23
David J. Climenhaga | Canadians should be deeply concerned about stated plans by the Trump Regime in the United States to expel literally millions of U.S. residents from their country.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 23
Image via Tyler McCreary/rabble.ca
David J. Climenhaga | Count on it that all parties in Alberta, for once, will be watching the election results next door in British Columbia on May 9 with intense interest.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 20
David J. Climenhaga | How much of the vile, threatening commentary about Alberta's NDP and its leaders, especially women, originates with right-wing nuts from outside Alberta?
Blog - Alberta Diary February 17
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta voters are likely to have an opportunity soon to demonstrate whether or not they’ve been paying attention. After all, anything can happen in a by-election!
Blog - Alberta Diary February 16
Image: Twitter/@IvankaTrump
David J. Climenhaga | If you want to worry about the Trump Family, think about the fact Mr. Donald now has the firing codes to 4,000 nuclear weapons.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 15
Photo: Premier of Alberta/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Rachel Notley reacts to threats with remarkable aplomb as many of the people who contribute to this problem shrug their shoulders and say, "Who? Me?"
Blog - Alberta Diary February 14
Dave Hancock Portrait
David J. Climenhaga | When by-then-premier Jim Prentice appointed a new cabinet in the fall of 2014, Dave Hancock was out, with barely a word of thanks.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 14
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Jeffery J. Nichols
David J. Climenhaga | Maybe higher oil prices will be back soon, but the realities of the market, and the realities of the biosphere, won't be changed by the ideology of capitalism.

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