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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 September 10
Alberta Minister of Finance Travis Toews and Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Even real conservatives, if such a species exists anymore, know something's gone awry with Alberta's fiscal setup and that part of the solution's on the revenue side.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 10
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces the launch of a public inquiry into foreign-funded anti-Alberta energy campaigns. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Anything you say may be used against somebody who runs afoul of Premier Jason Kenney's $2.5-million inquiry to ferret out foreign-funded eco-subversives.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 9
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. Image: Chatham House/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Use of violent and abusive language on social media, sometimes translating into actual violence, is becoming a particular problem for women in politics, especially progressive women.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 6
Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange. Image: Adriana LaGrange/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | We don't know what the government of Alberta has in mind with this change, only that it doesn't seem to be inclined to volunteer the information.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 4
"Blue-ribbon" panel chair Janice MacKinnon during yesterday's Calgary news conference (Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video).
David J. Climenhaga | It is quite clear this is not a legitimate study, but a political document intended to justify what the government has already decided to do.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 2
The UCP government's "blue ribbon" panel. From left to right: Mike Percy, Dave Mowat, Finance Minister Travis Toews, Janice MacKinnon, Premier Jason Kenney, Kim Henderson, Jay Ramotar and Bev Dahlby. Image: Government of Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | If Jason Kenney is serious about achieving a destiny as prime minister of Canada, he's going to have to stop giving the impression he's a separatist, isn't he?
Blog - Alberta Diary September 1
Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators protested Brexit throughout the United Kingdom yesterday (Photo: Twitter).
David J. Climenhaga | Questions to ponder as we observe the unravelling of representative democracy in Britain.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 30
Canadian soldiers look out over Afghan landscape. Image: Robert Hyatt/U.S. Army/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | What were Canadians fighting for in Afghanistan? Perhaps our former defence minister can emerge from obscurity to cast some illumination on this question.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 29
Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews at Tuesday's first-quarter update news conference. Photo: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP's voodoo tax-cut economics will have to be paid for with severe cuts to public services. Promised revenue increases will never appear. There's no reason Alberta will be different.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 27
B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The leader of B.C.'s Green Party has no problem with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's "outrageous, completely ridiculous" claims. "It brings people to us. So keep it up!"
Blog - Alberta Diary August 19
Alberta Teachers Association president Jason Schilling. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | As a union and a signatory to a memorandum of agreement with the NDP, the Alberta Teachers Association is nowadays a particular bête noir to the united Kenney party.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 19
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The changes, and the way they were made, are harbingers of both how radical the UCP program is likely to be and the shock strategy it will use to implement them.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 18
Alberta Labour Minister Jason Copping, left, and minimum wage "expert panel" chair Joseph Marchand at the government's newser in Calgary. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Lobbyists influencing policy and legislation is nothing new. But Thursday's announcement suggests the Kenney government isn't even trying to pretend anymore.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 16
​Image: Jason Woodhead/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The ecosystem of partisan Conservative propaganda outlets is gearing up for the full-court press to persuade us the United Conservative Party is right and that there is no alternative.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 14
Syncrude camp and operations site north of Fort McMurray. Photo: Julia Kilpatrick/Pembina Institute/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's strategy of yelling at anyone who disagrees is not going to prove very effective as the world comes to the conclusion climate change is real.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 13
Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro tours the Stollery’s new pediatric intensive care unit. Photo: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | After years of constant conservative mismanagement, Alberta's health-care system may not be able to take another major reorganization without catastrophic results.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 12
A typical workday for UFCW 401 President Doug O'Halloran. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | On Friday, Doug O'Halloran, one of Canada's last old style union leaders -- tough, plain spoken and deeply committed the workers he represents -- announced his life is coming to an end.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 9
Mark Iype attends "Words Matter" event at Peter Lougheed Leadership College, University of Alberta in 2017. Photo: Peter Lougheed Leadership College/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Do the latest changes at the Journal have anything to do with the placement of one of Canada's most right-wing commentators in charge of political coverage at Postmedia?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 8
Jason Kenney, Andrew Scheer and Tim Uppal (Photo: Andrew Scheer/Twitter).
David J. Climenhaga | Investigations by the RCMP and the Office of the Election Commissioner keep turning over new rocks in the 2017 UCP leadership race won by Jason Kenney.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 7
Thomas Dang, one of the NDP members of the Alberta legislature's member services committee (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | From the perspective of practical politics, what is important, and what will be remembered, is that the vote of the committee was unanimous. NDP members should have voted no.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 6
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Being exposed as a politician willing to put our country's future at risk isn't a good look for a guy who still harbours his own prime ministerial ambitions.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 4
Postmedia political columnist Licia Corbella. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Bans on journalists employed by major media operations holding party membership cards are a ridiculous affectation of the sort commonly known as a fig leaf.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 2
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | When Sonya Savage said "the lies end now," was the energy minister referring to what the CEOs of the oil giants have to say? Or just those pesky foreign-funded environmentalists?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 2
AUPE President Guy Smith addresses union members and supporters Wednesday in Edmonton (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Should the Appeal Court uphold the injunction, it will be interesting to see which is more important to the UCP: preserving the federal Tories' election chances, or pursuing their own radical agenda.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 1
Premier Jason Kenney cutting red tape. Photo: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Support for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's peer-reviewed grant application-review process appears to cross political lines.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 31
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees President Guy Smith speaks wither reporters about Bill 9 earlier this month at the Alberta Legislature (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | In the short term, this doesn't leave the government a lot of palatable options if it doesn't want to upset federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's rickety applecart before October 21.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 30
Jason Kenney, 22, tells CNN why women at the University of San Francisco have no right to speak freely on campus in favour of their reproductive rights (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube).
David J. Climenhaga | Premier Jason Kenney has a history of opposing free speech rights of people he disagrees with. Now we're supposed to believe his government is concerned about free speech on campus?
Blog - Alberta Diary July 28
Pengrowth Saddledome and the Calgary skyline. Photo: James Teterenko/Creative Commons
David J. Climenhaga | If Calgary city council had been paying attention, someone might have asked: Does Mr. Calgary really want to go down in history as the Peter Pocklington of Southern Alberta?
Blog - Alberta Diary July 25
One of the subjects of the Corporate Mapping Project’s ongoing study (Photo: Suncor Energy/Flickr).
David J. Climenhaga | Given the great work the Corporate Mapping Project has been doing, I am astounded it has taken this long for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and their former CEO to start trying to discredit it.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 25
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson back in the day. Photo: EU2017EE Estonian Presidency/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Meanwhile, back in Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney has been strangely silent about his enthusiastic support for the Brexiteers two years ago.

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