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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 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.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 24
Economist Jim Stanford  (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
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
Calgary cityscape. Photo: Wayne S. Grazio/Flickr
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.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 22
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister. Photo: Manitoba Government/Flickr
David 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
Premier Jason Kenney and cabinet are sworn in at Government House, in Edmonton on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Photo: Chris Schwarz/Alberta Government
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
Economist Jim Stanford. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
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
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney with Jason Luan, associate minister of mental health and addictions, at cabinet swearing-in ceremony. Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
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
The chuckwagon races at the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" back in the day. Photo: Calgary Stampede
David J. Climenhaga | This barbaric and pointless activity should be an embarrassment to every Albertan.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 15
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
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
John McCallum in 2013. Photo: John McCallum/Flickr
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
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at provincial legislature. Photo: Chris Schwarz/Alberta Government/Flickr
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.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 7
Former prime minister Stephen Harper, whose 2008 bitumen export plan sounded suspiciously like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's now-reviled version. Image: Wikimedia Commons
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
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, flanked by Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer and Energy Minister Sonya Savage, at yesterday’s news conference in Calgary (Photo: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video).
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
Cadets of the École Polytechnique parade through Paris on July 14, 2010, looking like what U.S. President Donald Trump presumably imagines he will see in Washington today (Photo: Jérémy Barande, Wikimedia Commons.)
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
Tar sands plant north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Photo: Suncor Energy/Flickr
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
Canadian flags. Photo: vtgard/Flickr
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
Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
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
Departing Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
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
The chamber of the Senate of Canada. Photo: Makaristos/Wikimedia Commons
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
Michael Cooper stands among fellow Conservative MPs. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
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
Prime Minister Trudeau speaks with journalists during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
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
One of those "Alberta Fights back" billboards. Image: Alberta Fights Back/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Obviously, the financial and political oxygen for this fake Alberta separatist movement is coming from somewhere to achieve something.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 17
Pope Francis: "prioritizing short-term economic benefits" is not a good enough reason not to have a carbon tax. Photo: Catholic Church England, Creative Commons
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
The coal-fired Kashira power plant near Moscow. Image: Wikimedia Commons
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
Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews holds a news conference yesterday in a hallway of the Legislature inaccessible to most members of the public (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
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
The interior of the Lois Hole Branch of the Edmonton Public Library (Photo: EPL).
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
Stanley Milner branch of the Edmonton Public Library. Photo: Marcia O'Connor/Flickr
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
UCP Finance Minister Travis Toews (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
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
Jason Kenney and Andrew Scheer (L-R). Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
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.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 7
Saskatchewan Union of Nurses president Tracy Zambory. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
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.

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