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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 August 18
David J. Climenhaga | Now that the NDP and its chief conservative opponents are apparently in agreement about Rebel Media, will the organization continue to be welcomed to government news events?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 16
Derek Fildebrandt and his red Ford
David J. Climenhaga | Apparently there is a three-strikes law in Alberta politics, and Derek Fildebrandt, the self-described "liberty Conservative" caught taking liberties with the rules, has struck out.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 14
Image: Facebook/Doug Schweitzer
David J. Climenhaga | The New West Partnership is designed to make it harder for provincial governments to enact their own, tougher policies on a range of issues. So what’s not to like about being kicked out?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 11
David J. Climenhaga | In light of the Alberta conservative history of entitlement, how the UCP deals with loose-cannon MLA Derek Fildebrandt will be an important test.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 10
Jack Layton (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | As the Forever War continues, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has admitted the United States is "not winning" the war against the Taliban.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 3
Rachel Notley in 2015
David J. Climenhaga | As low in the polls, relatively speaking, as the NDP may be right now, aspiring UCP leader Jason Kenney may turn out to be Premier Rachel Notley's most formidable advantage.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 3
Jason Kenney. Image: Flickr/mostlyconservative
David J. Climenhaga | If we accept UCP leadership candidate Jason Kenney's arithmetic, the Saskatchewan NDP appears to have wrecked the province's economy two years before it was elected!
Blog - Alberta Diary July 30
David J. Climenhaga | Recent comments Kenney made on education policy in Alberta suggest that he will appeal to the province's religious right throughout his campaign.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 28
David J. Climenhaga | Health-care workers would be a significant target of the cuts Jean is proposing in his campaign to lead the United Conservative Party.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 27
Richard Starke (from his Facebook page)
David J. Climenhaga | Could Alberta voters ignore the PACed up big-money guys dancing the Frankenparty fandango and recognize they're getting pretty good government in difficult circumstances from Rachel Notley’s NDP?
Blog - Alberta Diary July 24
Wildrose leader Brian Jean
David J. Climenhaga | With numbers voting and the vote breakdown much the same, it almost seemed as if the same people were voting in both parties -- which, come to think of it, they may have been.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 22
David J Climenhaga | After today, conservative leaders will have to persuade suspicious Wildrose members that technical problems, not a conspiracy, caused the party's PIN problems.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 21
Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | All across Canada initiatives by governments to get the big money out of politics are proving popular with voters. Alberta PC leader Jason Kenney is doing his bit to keep the big money in.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 20
Brian Jean and Jason Kenney. Image: Facebook/Wildrose Party St.Albert
David J. Climenhaga | With voting starting this week, the campaign to unite the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties into a single entity is inevitably being described as entering the final stretch.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 17
Edmonton's Macdonald Hotel
David J. Climenhaga | The Fraser Institute has been spreading fables about equalization payments. Why don't the premiers set the facts straight at their meeting in Edmonton this week?
Blog - Alberta Diary July 13
A wildfire in B.C. (Photo: B.C. Wildfire Service).
David J. Climenhaga | Why are you allowed to state one obvious conclusion when B.C. is afire, but not when Alberta is burning?
Blog - Alberta Diary July 8
Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray
David J. Climenhaga | Labour Minister Christina Gray needs to get on with implementing the recommendations of the review panel looking into Alberta Workers Compensation system.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 6
Photo of Omar Khadr. Image: Khadr family/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Never mind the cause. What kind of a "tax watchdog" starts a petition demanding that the government, which is acting prudently with our money, hose more of it away?
Blog - Alberta Diary July 4
Derek Fildebrandt (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta regulation of flavoured tobacco has little to do with adults and lots to do with protecting children and youth from an effective gateway to addiction.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 29
Bashir Mohamed, BLM Edmonton (Image: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Carding ignores the principles of natural justice. It flies in the face of due process. It's almost certain to be ruled by the courts to be unconstitutional, and therefore illegal.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 25
David J. Climenhaga | With the potential rise of another party offering conservatism with a human face, one wonders if this will change the political calculus of union-minded Wildrosers and PCs.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 23
Premier Brad Wall. Image: Flickr/University of Saskatchewan
David J. Climenhaga | Wednesday was the longest day of the year, and Standard & Poor's chose the summer solstice to downgrade Saskatchewan's credit rating from AA+ to AA.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 23
Image: Flickr/UN Women
David Climenhaga | The Trudeau government's Bill C-4, which repeals the Harper government's anti-union legislation, received Royal Assent on Monday.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 22
Derek Fildebrandt and Jason Kenney. Image: Twitter/@pcyouthalberta
David J. Climenhaga | Derek Fildebrandt is well known for alleging the Alberta NDP hoodwinked voters by keeping its promises, an opinion that caused general hilarity from coast to coast.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 20
Tzeporah Berman (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | By constantly vilifying a prominent environmentalist, critics undermine the work of all members of the Oil Sands Advisory Group. They should be asked why.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 19
Photo: Kat Northern Lights Man/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The newspaper industry is demanding a handout to float the pro-market claptrap and right-wing propaganda no one will voluntarily pay for. This is ironic, to say the least.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 17
Tzeporah Berman (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | A talented public advocacy tactician, Tzeporah Berman was vocal in her support for the British Columbia NDP and its opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 17
Brian Jean & Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | The United Conservative Party's foundational documents illuminate the shambolic and extra-legal way Alberta operated for so many years under the PCs.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 12
Then-Wildrose MLAs Kerry Towle, leader Danielle Smith and Jeff Wilson (all behind the sign) take part in the August 2014 Calgary Pride parade.
David J. Climenhaga | There's a reason why Alberta's conservatives engage in this kind of self-destructive behaviour. It reflects the views of a powerful, socially conservative cabal within their parties.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 8
Ralph Klein in 1992 (Screenshot of CBC broadcast)
David J. Climenhaga | Gillian Steward recounts how the Klein government allowed an industry dominated “task force” on oilsands development to pass itself off as a neutral agency with ties to the government.

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