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 April 16 David J. Climenhaga | It's possible -- although unlikely -- we'll have to wait until Wednesday or even Thursday to find out who won!|
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Rachel Notley, one of the finest political orators of her generation, raises the rafters with optimistic speechDavid J. Climenhaga | Facing an election Tuesday, Alberta's premier looked and sounded like a politician on a roll yesterday in Edmonton -- energized, by turns forceful, funny, and inspiring.
|Blog - Alberta Diary April 14 David J. Climenhaga | Family members are concerned relatives with severe dementia may be encouraged to cast a ballot for the UCP, the implications of which they cannot understand.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary April 13 David J. Climenhaga | Most Albertans have been capable over the years of engaging in civil discourse when it comes to politics. This was not so evident last night, with only four more sleeps till voting day.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary April 12 David J. Climenhaga | A general election on Tuesday that Jason Kenney and his UCP could very well win really should concentrate the minds of the most likely victims of his plans.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary April 11 David J. Climenhaga | Apparently someone in the UCP could run a sophisticated vote-diversion scheme but the party didn't have the technical wherewithal to operate a simple candidate vetting process!|
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The declining impact of 'bozo eruptions' -- are Albertans the proverbial frog in a pot of boiling water?David J. Climenhaga | Like the proverbial frog brought slowly to a boil, we may be in for a very rude surprise after April 16.
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An election's coming and the PM's treading water -- where's a Russian to blame now that we need one?David J. Climenhaga | It was a year ago Friday that the government of Canada declared Kirill Kalinin and three other Russian diplomats persona non grata and sent them packing.
|Blog - Alberta Diary April 5 David J. Climenhaga | There were no epic body slams. The closest thing to a memorable moment came in the low-stakes side battle between the leaders of the Alberta Party and the Alberta Liberals.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary April 4 David J. Climenhaga | Even if Kenney were to do the right thing and kick him out, he'd be elected because it's now too late to get another UCP candidate on the ballot.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary April 3 David J. Climenhaga | The Canadian right has turned its back on "green capitalism" and opted for belligerence and denial. This will not pay off for them.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary April 2 David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney wants to create "a rigged overtime system that employers will use to legally evade overtime payments," says Athabasca University labour studies professor Bob Barnetson.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 31 David J. Climenhaga | Sorry, kid, you're going to have to take a pay cut to finance this right now. But, trust me, little buddy, you're going to love it!|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 31 David J. Climenhaga | If Jeff Callaway, Jason Kenney and the UCP want us to believe their denials, shouldn’t they do as Mr. Trump did and hold their fire until the investigation is done?|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 30 David J. Climenhaga | Milton James Rhode Acorn. Born on this day in 1923. Died on August 20, 1986. Named The People’s Poet by his peers.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 29 David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's health-care system has the lowest administrative costs in Canada -- it's already saved what Jason Kenney says his disruptive performance review will deliver.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 28 David J. Climenhaga | One of the features of the past four years in Alberta has been the remarkable calm in our normally tumultuous health-care system that has prevailed under the NDP.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 27 David J. Climenhaga | The struggle to protect the fundamental rights of working people to bargain collectively for their own good and the good of society continues today.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 26 David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Rachel Notley wants to make affordable child care "the medicare of the 21st century." UCP leader Jason Kenney wants to make schools safe for "basic religious freedom," meaning no GSAs.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 25 David J. Climenhaga | "Here is Jason Kenney's argument in a nutshell," Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said: "His team made a terrible mess. We didn't clean it up fast enough. So fire us and put the old boys back in."|
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Has former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith become a (not so) secret admirer of NDP Premier Rachel Notley?David J. Climenhaga | Danielle Smith's recent op-ed was certainly not the ringing endorsement of the UCP one would have expected from a former conservative Opposition leader at this moment.
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 22 David J. Climenhaga | Neal Bernard Hancock first appeared on the national scene in September 2016, when he appeared on Parliament Hill in coveralls and a hardhat, complete with streaks of grime on his face.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 21 David J. Climenhaga | For a government perceived to be campaigning from behind its principal challenger in popular support, the campaign didn't get off to a bad start for the NDP.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 19 David J. Climenhaga | Before a cheering crowd, diverse in every way, in the National Music Centre in Calgary, Rachel Notley was at her best -- charismatic, warm and yet coolly focused.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 19 David J. Climenhaga | Peppered with questions for the better part of an hour, United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney never gave an inch. No contrition, no admission; an explanation for everything.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 18 David J. Climenhaga | Inevitably, the ballot question for many Albertans in the election Premier Rachel Notley will call soon will be, "Can Jason Kenney be trusted?"|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 17 David J. Climenhaga | Perhaps it's just me, but with each passing day Jason Kenney reminds me a little more of Richard M. Nixon, the talented but deeply flawed American president who in 1973 resigned from office.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 16 David J. Climenhaga | Calls for Jason Kenney to resign as Opposition leader and for Alberta’s election to be delayed flooded social media on news the RCMP has taken over investigation of UCP leadership vote irregularities.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 15 David J. Climenhaga | All this hoo-haw on the right has been to keep everyone from doing what they really ought to be doing, to wit, speculating idly about the date of Premier Rachel Notley's election call.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 14 David J. Climenhaga | If it turns out Jason Kenney, who united Alberta's right, is so disliked by his former rivals that right-uniters like Brian Jean can become reconstituted vote-splitters, what does that say?|