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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 March 16
Alberta Legislature Building. Photo: IQRemix/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | While the motion reflects preponderance of opinion in Alberta, it is troubling nonetheless there was not a single voice of principled dissent in the Legislature.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 15
November 1988 federal election rally in Calgary. Front row: Mayor Ralph Klein, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Premier Don Getty. Photo: Government of Alberta/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | It's 2018 and we're starting to get a clearer impression of the true meaning of free trade with the United States. Thanks a load, Brian Mulroney!
Blog - Alberta Diary March 12
Kinder Morgan Richmond Terminal. Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | I'm no constitutional lawyer, but I was an agriculture reporter for many years, so I recognize the smell of manure. I'll bet B.C. Premier John Horgan does too.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 11
Doug Ford in 2014
David J. Climenhaga | Even from a progressive perspective, Canadian political discourse needs a conservative alternative. It doesn't need a dangerous clown like Doug Ford.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 9
Premier Rachel Notley speaks with well wishers in the Alberta Legislature Rotunda yesterday after her government’s Speech from the Throne. (Photo: David J. Climenhaga.)
David J. Climenhaga | We can expect former Alberta Peter Lougheed's name to be invoked more than once by the NDP in the lead-up to the general election expected in the spring of 2019.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 8
Andrea Horwath. Photo: Ontario NDP/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | We Albertans have already seen this movie and, no matter what the Opposition claims, the ending's still pretty good.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 8
Independent MLA Derek Fildebrandt (Photo: Screenshot of CBC’s broadcast of the news conference.)
David J. Climenhaga | Derek Fildebrandt thinks he's starring in a movie. He doesn't seem to realize it's a comedy, a dark one that's going direct to video.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 6
Brian Jean, when he was still running for the leadership of the United Conservative Party in 2017. (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | From the moment he was defeated by Jason Kenney in last year's race to lead the UCP, the writing was on the wall the former Wildrose leader's political career would soon be over.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 5
Jason Kenney. Photo: michael_swan/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | One thing very clear from Opposition Leader Jason Kenney's commentary is that he's not given up on the "war on drugs" strategy as the best way to reduce illegal drug use.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 28
Stephen Mandel (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | A former chief of staff to prime minister Stephen Harper advises the Alberta Party, which chose former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel as leader last night, to "campaign against oil."
Blog - Alberta Diary February 27
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in India Day parade in Montreal. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
David J. Climenhaga | There are lots of suspects, but in terms of the political consequences, it's the PMO that will have to wear the egg on its face. But the long-term consequences will be minimal.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 25
David J. Climenhaga | Regardless of what you have read and heard, Justin Trudeau’s fashion choices abroad will likely do him and his government little harm, if any.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 23
Premier Rachel Notley. Photo: Premier of Alberta/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | History repeats itself, so the Wine War may be over, but with underlying disputes unresolved, things could easily segue into another war.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 21
Rachel Notley. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta Opposition leader's other ideas? Attack schoolteachers, and environmentalist David Suzuki.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 17
PHOTO: Elke Blodgett in 2016.
David J. Climenhaga | Blodgett, an environmental and civic activist in the city of St. Albert, died last week at the age of 81.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 17
Protesters opposed to expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline in Vancouver last fall.
David J. Climenhaga | If a pipeline capable of carrying diluted bitumen from Alberta to the West Coast is essential to Canada's economy, then the federal government should build it and run it.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 13
Kirill Kalinin. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It certainly seems from his Twitter feed and his approach to reporters that Kirill Kalinin, Press Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Canada, can make decisions on the fly.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 11
Caroline Mulroney
David J. Climenhaga | Caroline Mulroney, who is currently campaigning to lead Ontario's PC party, was warmly welcomed at the Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa this weekend.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 10
Don MacIntyre
David J. Climenhaga | Lifted publication ban solves the mystery of why the MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake resigned unexpectedly from the UCP Caucus and his seat in the Alberta Legislature.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 4
Derek Fildebrandt
David J. Climenhaga | Given the date, the weather and the location, Derek Fildebrandt is likely to be forever associated with groundhogs. The nickname "Didsbury Derek" therefore suggests itself.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 3
Dave Barrett and David Climenhaga in 2008.
David J. Climenhaga | The death yesterday at 87 of Dave Barrett, premier of British Columbia from 1972 to 1975, is a huge loss to all Canadians.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 1
Oil processing facility in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Photo: kris krüg/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The enormous cost associated with burning tarsands reserves underscores the simple reality that business as usual is not an option for the Big Five oil producers.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 31
B.C. Environment and Climate Change Strategy Minister George Heyman. Photo: BC Gov Photos/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | This is a complex political fight that, while it appears to pit two NDP governments ironically against one another, actually involves a lot more players.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 30
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, apparently as puzzled by the results of some polls last fall as many other Calgarians were. (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | The Marketing Research and Intelligence Association said in October it was concerned the results of various polls had "shaken confidence in our industry."
Blog - Alberta Diary January 30
Bottles of champagne in ice. Photo: Unai Telleria/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Newspaper publishers across Canada have been engaged in a furious lobby for months to get tax-funded respite from the consequences of their incompetence. It now appears they have succeeded.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 28
Brad Wall, Saturday in Saskatoon
David J. Climenhaga | Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall's swansong: Hope Beats Fear. You know, try like hell to make Saskatchewanians fear the NDP and hope like hell that it works.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 25
Methane flare in oil field. Photo: WildEarth Guardians/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | "Wasted methane represents lost value to oil and gas operators due to lost sales volumes of natural gas, and lost value to the government through lost royalty collection," says the Pembina Institute.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 24
Rachel Notley and Jason Kenney. Photo: Premier of Alberta/flickr and michael_swan/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has adopted conservative positions on pipelines. Is Opposition Leader Kenney coming around to a policy traditionally associated with the NDP?
Blog - Alberta Diary January 23
Brad Wall, Saskatchewan's premier (Photo: Saskatchewan Party/ Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | The New West Partnership is not without its good points, as it turns out. At least it managed to silence Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall for a few minutes ahead of his departure Saturday.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 18
Unifor President Jerry Dias (Photo: Unifor Local 591-G)
David J. Climenhaga | In the background of Unifor's decision to pull out of the CLC is a long and bitter dispute about the practice of "raiding," and of the role of U.S.-based international unions.