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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 October 22
Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel speaks as former leader Greg Clark looks on. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | While the Alberta Party has more potential than the FCP, political punters are advised not to bet the family farm, or even a week's pay, on it getting much traction in 2019.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 21
Alberta Order of Excellence recipient k.d. lang tours the Premier’s Office with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley
David J. Climenhaga | k.d. lang is one of the great talents Alberta has given the world and one of our province's best-known success stories.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 20
David J. Climenhaga | Dear America: No one here wants to take Manhattan -- Kansas or New York, take your pick -- or even Berlin. If we're coming for you, it'll just be to bring you gummy bears.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 18
David J. Climenhaga | Fossil fuel industry decision makers lean toward a business-as-usual approach to get full value out of their corporate investments, a study of the sector's highly concentrated financial ties suggests.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 17
Hugh MacDonald shortly before his retirement announcement, at the 2011 Edmonton Labour Council Labour Day BBQ (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | In opposition, Liberal MLA "Hughie" MacDonald was a scourge of the government. He was sincerely offended by dishonesty and self-interest in high places.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 16
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney addresses the Calgary Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 9 (Screenshot of Calgary Chamber video).
David J. Climenhaga | A recent speech by Jason Kenney to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce indicates he intends to ram through a radical program with minimal public consultation if the UCP wins the next election.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 15
Jason Kenney & Lance Coulter. Image: Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP nomination candidate kicked off the ballot by party officials for posing for selfies with unsavoury visitors at a constituency beer night alleges he was dumped for refusing to lie.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 14
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley addresses Alberta Teachers Association social studies teachers yesterday as environmentalist Tzeporah Berman looks on.
David J. Climenhaga | It wasn't a debate, exactly, but there was certainly a contrast of views when Alberta's premier and a prominent West Coast environmentalist addressed a group of teachers yesterday.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 12
Former UCP nomination candidate Lance Coulter, at right, with a controversial selfie friend (Photo: Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | UCP to canned candidate: Here's your snappy Hugo Boss cap, now, quick march!
Blog - Alberta Diary October 11
Then a Wildrose MLA, Joe Anglin addressed a crowd from the steps of the Alberta legislature in November 2013 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Says former MLA Joe Anglin: "The Freedom Conservative Party has now picked up the torch that the former Wildrose surrendered when they sold their souls to the Tories."
Blog - Alberta Diary October 10
UCP Leader Jason Kenney. Photo: michael_swan/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | There is no excuse for UCP Leader Jason Kenney and the three nomination candidates to claim Soldiers of Odin members weren't invited to Friday's pub night in Edmonton.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 9
UCP nomination candidate Nicole Williams with Soldiers of Odin members at the party's pub night in Edmonton Friday (Photo: Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney says a vigilante group "crashed" the UCP candidates' pub night Friday. Soldiers of Odin thank UCP candidates for their support.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 7
Preston Manning, then the godfather of the Canadian right, at the 2013 Manning Conference
David J. Climenhaga | "Putting a price on carbon" was always going to be unpopular with people who use fossil fuels out of necessity and for fun -- viz., Canadians, with their furnaces, SUVs and snowmobiles.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 6
David J. Climenhaga | It's mildly surprising that Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney is prepared to tie himself so publicly and closely to Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 5
Jason Kenney and Doug Ford (Photo: @FordNation, Twitter).
David J. Climenhaga | The future looks golden for Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Alberta United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney. Nevertheless, they are very, very angry.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 4
Journalist Paula Simons, named yesterday as a member of the Canadian Senate for Alberta (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Paula Simons, until recently a city columnist for the Edmonton Journal who had a deft ability to swiftly spin a literate and fervent crie de coeur, has been named to the Senate of Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 2
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer speaks Josh Bolten from Business Roundtable about NAFTA. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | As Britain's looming Brexit catastrophe shows, so-called trade agreements are easier to get into than out of. So there was not much to be done but negotiate the least awful deal possible.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 1
Drumheller-Stettler UCP MLA Rick Strankman (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | UCP skids one of its old-time Wildrosers; environmentalist springs a trap on Jason Kenney; and a question: How's that Brexit thing working out?
Blog - Alberta Diary September 30
Environmentalist Tzeoporah Berman
David J. Climenhaga | Why has no one from mainstream media picked up the phone and asked industry members of Alberta’s Oil Sands Advisory Group their thoughts on Tzeporah Berman’s work?
Blog - Alberta Diary September 28
Edmonton School Trustee Michael Janz (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP could quickly defuse its latest problem by stating clearly what its education spending proposals are, just as Edmonton public school trustees have requested.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 26
UCP Amigos Devin Dreeshen, Jason Kenney and Prasad Panda in their Reliance Industries coveralls and helmets (Photo: Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | The NDP government has asked the province's Ethics Commissioner for a ruling on whether the UCP's three visitors to India broke Alberta conflict of interest rules.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 24
Calgary-Hawkwood MLA Michael Connolly (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Michael Connolly, NDP MLA for Calgary-Hawkwood, announces he won't seek reelection in 2019; Green Party of Alberta chooses the province's first Indigenous woman leader.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 21
B.C. environmentalist Tzeporah Berman, who was once jailed for civil disobedience.
David J. Climenhaga | The stream of vituperation directed at the B.C. environmentalist for her consistent opposition to Alberta's pipeline demands is unprecedented, hypocritical and dangerous.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 19
Alberta Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney and two of his MLAs are running around India acting as if they are representatives of the governments of both Canada and Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 18
Interior of House of Commons. Photo: Tania Liu/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Bravo, Leona Alleslev! Enjoy the cheers and the roses from the Conservative benches. History will soon forget you.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 17
David J. Climenhaga | Opposition Leader Jason Kenney wants it to look to his home audience as if he were already a premier. Plus, it’s good to be out of the country when reporters ask the wrong questions.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 16
David J. Climenhaga | The Ontario premier's use of the notwithstanding clause is long overdue proof that the Charter isn't worth the paper it's printed on.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 14
Alberta constitutional negotiators Merv Leitch and Peter Lougheed, said by some to be the inventors of the Notwithstanding Clause (Photo: Legal Archives Society of Alberta).
David J. Climenhaga | Doug Ford has just given Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the villain he needs to win the next federal election.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 13
Doug Ford and Andrew Scheer. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer had an opportunity to demonstrate real leadership and benefit from it by standing up to Doug Ford. He did nothing.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 12
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Photo: Marc Lostracci/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | It's tempting to see this as a small matter concerning only ambitious politicians in Toronto. But to paraphrase the old saw about the lost $5 bill, it's not the lousy five bucks, it's the principle.

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