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 July 19 David J. Climenhaga | It's hard to believe Derek Fildebrandt does not view his repudiation by UCP Leader Jason Kenney as a deep personal betrayal.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 17 David J. Climenhaga | Derek Fildebrandt is not a particularly sympathetic character, but in these circumstances, it's hard not to feel a little empathy for the fellow!|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 16 David J. Climenhaga | Another UCP MLA bites the dust: Calgary-Greenway MLA Prab Gill is the latest in a parade of MLAs to leave the Opposition caucus for one reason or another.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 14 David J. Climenhaga | Canadian conservatives who campaign in future U.S. elections are going to need to be prepared to answer hostile questions from their compatriots.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 13 David J. Climenhaga | As irritating as UCP triumphalism is to supporters of the Notley Government's policies in the wake of yesterday's by-election victories, there is no evidence yet it's not justified.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 11 David J. Climenhaga | With the benefit of hindsight, the prime minister's 2016 remarks about Brexit sound prime ministerial, even statesmanlike. UCP Leader Jason Kenney's rather less so.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 9 David J. Climenhaga | Adopting a policy proposed by the United Conservative Party would be tantamount to declaring law-free open season on anyone who wanders onto an isolated property.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 6 David J. Climenhaga | Will the day come when it is acceptable for a Canadian Conservative politician to give a speech to a "freedom rally" put on by ISIS? Never say never!|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 5 David J. Climenhaga | Brian Mason's last line at his news conference: "Let's call it a career, then. Shall we?" Exit, stage left. Not a dry eye in the house.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 4 David J. Climenhaga | We're not sorry! Independence Day 2018 demands from Canadians polite restraint, even chilly reserve, toward our neighbours.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 1 David J. Climenhaga | I don't know how the Beaverton stays in business with the brutal competition they’re facing nowadays from Alberta.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 30 David J. Climenhaga | If Stephen Harper wants to serve his country in the conduct of foreign affairs, he needs to wait to wait until he is asked by the elected government of the day.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 29 David J. Climenhaga | A foot in the door. This is how the fight to destroy women's reproductive rights began in the United States, and this is how the social conservative right intends to see it start in Canada too.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 28 David J. Climenhaga | Education Minister David Eggen quickly hailed the ruling as a victory "for justice and equality in the province of Alberta." As for the UCP Opposition … crickets.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 27 David J. Climenhaga | What does Alberta do instead of acknowledging the obvious and doing something about it? What we always do in our role as the spoiled little rich kid of Confederation! Whine about Quebec.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 25 David J. Climenhaga | The 2018 budget brought down in February sets out the Trudeau government's equalization formula plan unequivocally in terms anyone can understand. You actually have to read it, though.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 23 David J. Climenhaga | The Atlas Network is said to have distributed about US$5 million to groups it supports worldwide in 2016. Among the group's partners are 12 Canadian entities.|
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Money from wealthy right-wing ideologues helps fuel group challenging Alberta's protections for GSA membersDavid 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 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 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.|
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If F. W. de Klerk's apartheid comparison to fossil fuels is OK, why is David Suzuki's slavery analogy an outrage?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.
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Trump's anti-Canadian antics are good news for Alberta pipeline advocates -- whether or not that was the planDavid 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 David J. Climenhaga | It's hard not to feel a little sympathy for federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer for canning Maxime Bernier.|
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The day we burned ole D.C. down -- or why I blame Stephen Harper for Canada's latest trade troubles!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 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 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 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 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 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.|