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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 June 21
Education Minister David Eggen tabled new legislation in the Alberta legislature November 2, 2017 to support students by ensuring they can safely join or form gay-straight and queer-straight alliances. Photo: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Public documents and website postings show some of the sources of the so-called Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms' money.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 20
David J. Climenhaga | The so-called Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom is part of a network of social conservative groups that often target laws supporting reproductive and LGBTQ rights.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 19
Calgary-Currie MLA Brian Malkinson, now minister of Service Alberta (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Rachel Notley described her cabinet-shuffling strategy to reporters yesterday as, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Blog - Alberta Diary June 18
Image: Daryl_mitchell/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | No one should expect the questions about the funding of Catholic education in Saskatchewan to be resolved by June 30, or when classes resume in September.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 17
A statue featuring Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk in Cape Town, South Africa.
David J. Climenhaga | In a recent speech, de Klerk suggested that the challenges faced by Alberta in the waning days of the petroleum industry aren't dissimilar from those facing his country in the last days of apartheid.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 15
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in Edmonton on June 14, 2018 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | It must make the blood of Opposition Leader Jason Kenney's strategic brain trust over at the United Conservative Party run cold to see world oil prices creeping upward.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 14
Maxime Bernier, at left, and his leader Andrew Scheer in happier times (Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr)
David J. Climenhaga | It's hard not to feel a little sympathy for federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer for canning Maxime Bernier.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 12
Illustration of White House in flames. Image: The White House/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | You could probably credit Canada with putting White House the fire out. The destruction of Washington was a dud because of heavy rain, and our American cousins always blame bad weather on Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 11
Photo: German federal press office
David J. Climenhaga | Will Conservative Party activists be crossing the Canada-U.S. border once again in 2020 to campaign for the Republicans, and perhaps for President Trump himself?
Blog - Alberta Diary June 9
A scene from the 2016 Edmonton Pride Parade (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | UCP Leader Jason Kenney dares not attend the Pride Parade, which has become one of the preeminent political events of the year in Edmonton. And he dares not be missing in action.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 8
University of Alberta campus. Photo: Bill Burris/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | If Jason Kenney continues to attack the U of A, all he will be doing is damaging a great and valuable Alberta institution, hurting especially the young Albertans who study there.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 5
Dr. David Suzuki (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | At least one response to a poll commissioned by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation suggests David Suzuki is far more popular in Alberta than his opponents wish us to believe.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 1
CLAC's office and training facility in Edmonton (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Many working Canadians and their unions believe fervently the Christian Labour Association of Canada fails to meet minimum standards for union representation.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 31
Alberta Legislature. Photo: Mack Male/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Surely this is the most spectacularly aggressive application of the venerable strategy of campaign "low-bridging" ever recorded in the history of the Westminster Parliamentary system.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 30
Justine Trudeau. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
David J. Climenhaga | Yesterday's announcement puts Canada's opposition in an uncomfortable spot. But when it comes to talking points, modern Conservatives can turn on a dime.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 29
An idle well site in Alberta's Peace River Region. Photo: Regan Boychuk
Regan Boychuk | Alberta's Energy Regulator estimates the province's oilpatch has accumulated $260 billion in unfunded cleanup liabilities.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 25
Bob Rae in 2009. Image: Flickr/Ignatieff
David J. Climenhaga | The story about Bob Rae's disastrous stewardship of Ontario during his tenure as NDP premier of that province is one of three big lies in Canadian politics.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 24
David J. Climenhaga | Notley's NDP and Kenney's UCP strive to outdo each other with ridiculous statements over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 22
Rachel Notley. Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's premier is more disciplined than the old Irish-Canadian baritone from Baie-Comeau. The words "roll the dice" will never pass her lips. Dice are rolling just the same.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 21
Image: Joey Coleman/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | I'm feeling good about my prediction that the next Premier of Ontario will be Andrea Horwath of the NDP.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 20
David J. Climenhaga | The location of rising water renders ineffective the tactics of friends of fossil fuel apologists, who would prefer the public doesn’t ponder the links between bitumen extraction and climate change.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 18
Reg Basken (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Conservatives starting to hyperventilate about the possibility of David Suzuki being nominated can settle down. You actually have to live here, at least some of the time, to be considered.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 17
Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Why are so many old Tories going to pot? Is Canadian democracy is simply too important to be left in the hands of voters? The UCP caucus gets its exercise! Derek Fildebrandt gets something right!
Blog - Alberta Diary May 10
Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray (Photo: Alex Shevalier).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta has finally joined other Canadian provinces by giving working people the right to refuse unsafe work. The United Conservative Party says it will roll back this change if it's elected.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 8
Image: michael_swan/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Prediction: The UCP is going to run against itself and its policies are bad enough it just might work!
Blog - Alberta Diary May 5
Rachel Notley moments after her election victory was announced on May 5, 2015.
David J. Climenhaga | There's a big difference between sensing change is coming and seeing it take place before your eyes. So the events of the evening of May 5, 2015, shocked almost everyone.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 4
A WestJet aircraft at Las Vegas airport in 2015. Photo: Tomas Del Coro/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | A strike would do serious harm to the goodwill WestJet has built over the years with travellers, especially in Western Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 3
Jason Kenney. Photo: michael_swan/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | After the weekend, the UCP will quietly get to work on its real priorities: tax cuts for the rich, benefit cuts for the poor, and carte blanche for the fossil fuel industry.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 2
Wind turbines. Photo: Tobias Nordhausen/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The furious debate about the merits of current and future pipeline projects underscores the need for an evidence-based long-term energy strategy for Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 30
David J. Climenhaga | An official conclusion to the Korean War would be another step toward a multipolar world, which the U.S. political and military establishments are both committed to avoiding.