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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 January 10
The entrance to the University of Calgary (Photo: University of Calgary).
David J. Climenhaga | A new paper by two B.C. academics doesn't mince words about the role of the University of Calgary and corporate media in a 2015 controversy about corporate influence in the academy.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 9
Brian Jean and Kimberly Michelutti (Photo: Twitter).
David J. Climenhaga | The old Wildrose Party smoke-making machine was certainly working overtime for the past couple of weeks on the topic of former Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean's impending announcement.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 8
Gene Zwozdesky in the days he was Alberta's minister of health (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Gene Zwozdesky's character encapsulates the qualities that made the PCs so successful for so long in Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 8
Troy Lanigan, former president and CEO of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, at the 2013 Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Right now, it's hard to see where the right-wing Canadian Taxpayers Federation ends and SecondStreet.org, new right-wing think-tank to be launched in March, begins.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 6
NDP strategist Brian Topp
David J. Climenhaga | In a lengthy social media essay published Friday, Topp outlines what the NDP must do to capture votes on both sides of the Rockies.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 3
Stephanie McLean and baby Patrick at the Legislature in 2016 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Stephanie McLean played a historic role as the first Alberta MLA to give birth while in office. Her son was born on February 12, 2016.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 3
Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel, back in the days he was a Progressive Conservative cabinet minister (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | It's time for our government pick some economic winners instead of doubling down on an industry that increasingly looks like a loser over the long term.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 2
Former Wildrose Leader Brian Jean. (Photo: Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | The former Alberta Opposition leader's holiday messages suggest a politician not quite ready to leave politics. It's happened with Brian Jean before.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 31
Image: Jeff Wallace/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Mars didn't invade Alberta, but orphan wells could end up being bigger than Orson Wells! We need a Green New Deal … or at least a sales tax! Don't hold your breath for either.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 28
FCP Leader Derek Fildebrandt, back when he was still a member of the UCP Caucus. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | MLA asks Elections Alberta to investigate claim Jason Kenney's UCP leadership campaign 'deliberately hid' donation. Derek Fildebrandt made the accusation in news release.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 27
Donna Kennedy-Glans in March 2015. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | 'Has Trudeau committed treason?' The answer is no and the question the question a former PC Cabinet minister is asking is completely bonkers.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 24
Christmas at the Alberta Legislature, not a separatist in sight. Photo: Government of Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta separatism squall is over, folks. Watch for commentators to start backing away soon as they start to realize how little traction this partisan claptrap has.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 23
David J. Climenhaga | About a week remains in December. Will there be any more allegations in 2018 about UCP voting irregularities, or will we have to wait till 2019?
Blog - Alberta Diary December 21
Freedom Conservative Party Leader Derek Fildebrandt, back in his UCP days, filling up extra gas cans to avoid the carbon tax. The next day gas prices went down (Photo: Twitter).
David J. Climenhaga | Derek Fildebrandt, the UCP exile who is the Freedom Conservative Party's sole MLA in the legislature, is trying to build a case for Catalonia along the Cordillera. Support for the idea is negligible.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 20
Conservative Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer riding in a truck. (Photo: Twitter).
David J. Climenhaga | The purpose of the truck convoy protest was supposedly to demand a pipeline to tidewater, immediately, thereby improving the fortunes of Alberta's oil industry.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 19
Perfesser Dave (Photo: Dave Olecko)
David J. Climenhaga | Some stories are just too confusing for ordinary bloggers to explain. That's when we turn to the expert knowledge offered by academics such as Perfesser Dave, Canada's expert on Alberta politics.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 18
Athabasca University campus. Photo: daryl_mitchell/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Forcing Athabasca University administrators to reach a contract their faculty can live with would serve the public interest and government's political interest. What's not to like about that?
Blog - Alberta Diary December 16
David J. Climenhaga | Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor smuggled six Americans out of Tehran in 1979. It's hard to imagine the U.S. returning the favour today.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 14
Welcome to Alberta? (Photo: Magalie L’Abbe, Creative Commons).
David J. Climenhaga | The suggestion in Canadian media that alienation felt by Western Canadians in general and Albertans in particular is vastly on the rise simply defies credulity.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 12
UCP MLA Wayne Anderson (Photo: Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | Wayne Anderson also helps ID the voices on that recording about Jeff "Kamikaze" Callaway's campaign role while former Wildrose boss Brian Jean calls for Quebec boycott.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 11
Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney. Photo: Manning Centre c/o Jake Wright/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | If you had imagined the two Alberta legacy conservative parties to disappear once they were merged into the United Conservative Party, it appears you were mistaken.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 10
Prab Gill asking a question in Question Period … although not Thursday’s Question Period.
David J. Climenhaga | Calgary-Greenway MLA Prab Gill uses Question Period in the Legislature to ask if there's an investigation of misuse of PAC funds in the UPC leadership race.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 9
David J. Climenhaga | A political strategy that has long worked for the right -- forget about what your opponents have to say and rile up your base -- may be going mainstream. That’s probably bad news for Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 6
Prab Gill on the steps of the legislature back in the day (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | "In my weakness I caved and agreed to quietly sit as an Independent," said former UCP MLA Prab Gill. No more!
Blog - Alberta Diary December 5
Placards "Put a price on carbon" and "Climate change is real," at the People's Climate March 2017. Photo: Edward Kimmel/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | The complaints of the yellow-jacketed protesters in France encompass the entire traditional left-wing indictment of the neoliberal austerity program the Canadian right advocates.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 4
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The per-barrel price of Alberta heavy oil rose more than 36 per cent between Friday and the close of trading Monday. Premier Rachel Notley made her announcement Sunday.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 2
Rachel Notley/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta will impose an 8.7-per-cent oil production cut to shrink gaping price differential, steely NDP premier says.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 2
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is braver than your average politician (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Fasten your seat belts. Alberta's premier will make history if she sets out a plan to deflate the Bitumen Bubble.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 1
David J. Climenhaga | Increasing the pace of extraction to increase the supply is not a sound strategy.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 26
David J. Climenhaga | In its heyday, General Motors employed about 40,000 people in Canada. Now that number is just over 8,000, and is set to fall by nearly half. The prime suspect in the ordeal? Donald Trump.

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