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 25 David J. Climenhaga | Meanwhile, back in Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney has been strangely silent about his enthusiastic support for the Brexiteers two years ago.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 24 David J. Climenhaga | The notion more pipelines will solve all of Alberta's problems is, of course, nonsense. To understand why, consider Australian LNG exports.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 23 David J. Climenhaga | Calgary could afford a new arena for the Flames and a decent transit system. But that would mean fair business taxes, among other things.|
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Why are Conservative-run Canadian provinces turning down federal cash? The answer's in the Republican playbookDavid J. Climenhaga | Don't think for a moment the same calculations aren't on Conservative minds in Canada as on those of their Republican brethren, especially with a federal election looming.
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 21 David J. Climenhaga | So far, Election Commissioner Lorne Gibson's staff has levied fines of $168,350, against various participants in Jeff Callaway's 2017 UCP leadership campaign.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 19 David J. Climenhaga | "Canada is never going to run out of oil, just like we never ran out of beavers." Alas, notes economist Jim Stanford, that doesn't mean there will always be a market for the stuff.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 18 David J. Climenhaga | If the UCP doubles down and announces another inquiry, this time into foreign pharma funding of propaganda to sell Naloxone kits, we'll know they've gone over the edge.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 16 David J. Climenhaga | This barbaric and pointless activity should be an embarrassment to every Albertan.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 15 David J. Climenhaga | Announcements that don't contain much news are absolutely a staple of democratic politics, and Conservatives are masters of the art form.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 14 David J. Climenhaga | John McCallum deserves credit for telling the truth and looking out for Canadians in peril. For this he's excoriated by Conservatives and tossed under the bus by the Liberals.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 9 David J. Climenhaga | More opportunities for drama and legal recourse will arise as the real litigators get their sharp teeth into this matter, as doubtless is already happening.|
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Stephen Harper's proposed restrictions on bitumen exports caused no uproar. So why the fury at Justin Trudeau?David J. Climenhaga | The principal thing that is different at this moment is simply this: there's a Liberal government in Ottawa.
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 5 David J. Climenhaga | This can be an honest inquiry, or it can be what the government has promised it will be, but it can't be both.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 4 David J. Climenhaga | If today's military parade in Washington is a flop, presumably U.S. President Trump can just lie about the quality of the marching and the size of the crowd.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 3 David J. Climenhaga | The online Fossil Fuel Top 50 list contains in-depth information and profiles of the most influential players in the Canadian fossil fuel industry.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 1 David J. Climenhaga | If you're looking for a universal lesson in Canada, it's that those who say governments never do anything right are full of baloney.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 30 David J. Climenhaga | Consider the dissimilar cases of Meng Wanzhou and Stephanie Clifford. The first we won't allow to leave, the second we won't allow to visit.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 29 David J. Climenhaga | Stephen Mandel did something no one else could, briefly getting the Alberta Party onto the radar with the province's voters.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 27 David J. Climenhaga | This is all you really need to know about Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's constitutionally meaningless Senate elections law, introduced as Bill 13 in the provincial legislature yesterday.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 19 David J. Climenhaga | Michael Cooper is threatening to sue two of his former law school classmates for publicly alleging the St. Albert-Edmonton MP once made disparaging comments about immigrants.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 19 David J. Climenhaga | The PM's comments in 2016 about why he approved the TMX suggest Liberal talk's as cheap as gasoline in Edmonton after Premier Jason Kenney tore up the NDP's carbon levy.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 18 David J. Climenhaga | Obviously, the financial and political oxygen for this fake Alberta separatist movement is coming from somewhere to achieve something.|
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The Pope says global warming is real. What will publicly pious carbon-tax hating Catholics like Jason Kenney do?David J. Climenhaga | Pope Francis, leader of 1.3 billion Catholics, has declared global warming to be a real thing and putting a price on carbon to be "essential" to saving the planet.
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 16 David J. Climenhaga | In 2011, the Americans called cyber attacks an act of war. Now they're carrying out online attacks against Russia's power grid, according to the New York Times.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 14 David J. Climenhaga | The UCP won't risk passing legislation bad enough to become part of the federal election campaign in battleground Ontario until after the vote. Bill 9 buys time.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 14 David J. Climenhaga | There will be no changes to student page wages at this time, a statement from the Edmonton Public Library says.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 13 David J. Climenhaga | The Edmonton Public Library youth pay cut makes a lie of Jason Kenney's promise that workers subject to collective agreements wouldn't be impacted by his minimum wage cuts.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 13 David J. Climenhaga | Today the UCP is introducing legislation called the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act, a lead-up to the government's presumed plans to roll back the wages of public employees.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 11 David J. Climenhaga | In Alberta, the New Conspiracism leads inevitably to the New McCarthyism as Jason Kenney's War Room morphs into the House Un-Albertan Activities Committee.|
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How will Alberta politicians respond now that Canada's nurses are demanding action on climate change?David J. Climenhaga | Whatever the people of Alberta concluded in April, it sure seems as if a belligerent "war room" strategy is not the best way to get pipelines built and restore the so-called Alberta Advantage.