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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 November 16
David J. Climenhaga | On Tuesday, the president of Cenovus Energy Inc. called for temporary production cuts across the Canadian oil sector to push prices back up. It's all about supply and demand.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 16
Alberta Education Minister David Eggen
David J. Climenhaga | This week, the NDP threatened to defund 28 religious schools if they don't implement diversity policies, and a video emerged in which a prominent UCP member compared Pride flags to Nazi swastikas.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 15
Calgary Olympic Park. Photo: David Wilson/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | A plebiscite on a plan clearly strongly opposed by many on both sides of Alberta's political divide is probably not a reliable barometer of voter intentions in the election next spring.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 14
Image: Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Monday was not a good day for Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney and his supporter John Carpay. Yesterday wasn't either.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 12
David J. Climenhaga | A prominent Jason Kenney supporter has compared the rainbow pride flag to the swastika flag of Nazi Germany and the hammer and sickle of communism.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 11
David J. Climenhaga | If he's looking for extremists in the UCP, Leader Jason Kenney may not actually need a database that can peer into the dark corners of the internet.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 8
Aerial view of Alberta tar sands. Photo: Dru Oja Jay/Howl Arts Collective/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Last year's aggregate profit for five largest oilsands companies was within spitting distance of total revenues collected from all sources by the Alberta government.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 7
Alberta Provincial Legislature Building. Photo: WinterE229 (WinterforceMedia)/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Calgary-East MLA Robyn Luff, kicked out of the NDP caucus, expressed shock and dismay at that entirely predictable outcome in a Facebook post.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 7
 	Protesting Illinois 6th District Republican Congressman Peter Roskam in Chicago. Photo: Charles Edward Miller/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Republicans mostly hitched their wagons to Donald Trump's dark star in the U.S. mid-term elections, and notwithstanding passage of control of the House to the Democrats it has worked well for them.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 6
Calgary-East MLA Robyn Luff (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | MLA for Calgary-East Robyn Luff unexpectedly told media yesterday morning she would refuse to sit in the legislature to protest what she described as "a culture of fear and intimidation."
Blog - Alberta Diary November 5
David J. Climenhaga | There have been enough examples of offensive attitudes about race, religion, gender and science among would-be UCP candidates since last spring to field a soccer team.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 3
David J. Climenhaga | The real question of last night's debate between Steve Bannon and David Frum was summarized nicely by the Beaverton: "Which is better, hate crimes or war crimes?"
Blog - Alberta Diary October 31
Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon (Photo: Gage Skidmore, Wikipedia Commons).
David J. Climenhaga | Here's what you do, Justin Trudeau. Tell Ralph Goodale, your public safety minister, to call the CBSA right now and tell them to stop Steve Bannon at the border. Easy-peasy.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 30
Alberta Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt briefs student leaders about Bill 19 at the Legislature yesterday (Photo: Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta).
David J. Climenhaga | Bill 19, the Act to Improve the Affordability and Accessibility of Post-Secondary Education, is no bad thing, taking reasonable steps to protect students within provincial jurisdiction.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 29
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley addresses NDP members in her speech in Edmonton. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The prevailing media narrative is Rachel Notley and the NDP are down in the polls, down in the trajectory of history and down for the count. So why aren't they looking down in the mouth?
Blog - Alberta Diary October 28
Former Alberta NDP leader Brian Mason says farewell to the party’s convention in Edmonton yesterday as the premier, former leaders and MLAs look on
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Rachel Notley called retiring former leader Brian Mason "a titan" at the party's convention in Edmonton.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 27
Service Alberta Minister Brian Malkinson (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Among changes scheduled to go into effect next week will be the transition of the body the industry set up to investigate consumer complaints in-house into a public agency.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 24
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney (Photo: Jason Kenney Instagram account).
David J. Climenhaga | It wasn't long after Elections Alberta published its quarterly report that a copy of a letter to car dealers from the chair of the Motor Dealers Association was circulating on social media.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 22
Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel speaks as former leader Greg Clark looks on. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | While the Alberta Party has more potential than the FCP, political punters are advised not to bet the family farm, or even a week's pay, on it getting much traction in 2019.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 21
Alberta Order of Excellence recipient k.d. lang tours the Premier’s Office with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley
David J. Climenhaga | k.d. lang is one of the great talents Alberta has given the world and one of our province's best-known success stories.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 20
David J. Climenhaga | Dear America: No one here wants to take Manhattan -- Kansas or New York, take your pick -- or even Berlin. If we're coming for you, it'll just be to bring you gummy bears.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 18
David J. Climenhaga | Fossil fuel industry decision makers lean toward a business-as-usual approach to get full value out of their corporate investments, a study of the sector's highly concentrated financial ties suggests.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 17
Hugh MacDonald shortly before his retirement announcement, at the 2011 Edmonton Labour Council Labour Day BBQ (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | In opposition, Liberal MLA "Hughie" MacDonald was a scourge of the government. He was sincerely offended by dishonesty and self-interest in high places.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 16
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney addresses the Calgary Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 9 (Screenshot of Calgary Chamber video).
David J. Climenhaga | A recent speech by Jason Kenney to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce indicates he intends to ram through a radical program with minimal public consultation if the UCP wins the next election.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 15
Jason Kenney & Lance Coulter. Image: Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP nomination candidate kicked off the ballot by party officials for posing for selfies with unsavoury visitors at a constituency beer night alleges he was dumped for refusing to lie.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 14
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley addresses Alberta Teachers Association social studies teachers yesterday as environmentalist Tzeporah Berman looks on.
David J. Climenhaga | It wasn't a debate, exactly, but there was certainly a contrast of views when Alberta's premier and a prominent West Coast environmentalist addressed a group of teachers yesterday.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 12
Former UCP nomination candidate Lance Coulter, at right, with a controversial selfie friend (Photo: Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | UCP to canned candidate: Here's your snappy Hugo Boss cap, now, quick march!
Blog - Alberta Diary October 11
Then a Wildrose MLA, Joe Anglin addressed a crowd from the steps of the Alberta legislature in November 2013 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Says former MLA Joe Anglin: "The Freedom Conservative Party has now picked up the torch that the former Wildrose surrendered when they sold their souls to the Tories."
Blog - Alberta Diary October 10
UCP Leader Jason Kenney. Photo: michael_swan/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | There is no excuse for UCP Leader Jason Kenney and the three nomination candidates to claim Soldiers of Odin members weren't invited to Friday's pub night in Edmonton.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 9
UCP nomination candidate Nicole Williams with Soldiers of Odin members at the party's pub night in Edmonton Friday (Photo: Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney says a vigilante group "crashed" the UCP candidates' pub night Friday. Soldiers of Odin thank UCP candidates for their support.

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