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 August 16 David J. Climenhaga | It's never a good idea to get your economic news from politicians with an axe to grind. Even so, some politicians are more likely to tell you the truth than others.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary August 11 David J.Climenhaga | When you think about the state of negotiations between Athabasca University and its Faculty Association, remember it is no longer in financial peril.|
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Report on Calgary civic election polling failures criticizes Postmedia coverage of 'radically mistaken' polls by partner firmDavid J. Climenhaga | Panel members looking at polling during the 2017 Calgary municipal election also rapped the knuckles of Mainstreet Research, the company working with the Postmedia newspaper chain.
|Blog - Alberta Diary August 7 David J. Climenhaga | Thanks to Saudi Arabia, our government has a chance to do the right thing. What could the Friends of Saudi Arabia, otherwise known as the Conservative Party of Canada, say, after all?|
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Will Saudi Arabia's diplomatic tantrum provoke cognitive dissonance in Canada's 'ethical oil' crowd?David J. Climenhaga | Saudi Arabia is sending Canada's ambassador home. And if we don't shut up about their human rights abuses, they say they'll interfere in Canadian politics.
|Blog - Alberta Diary August 6 David J. Climenhaga | Innovative? In 2011, the Conservatives actually started construction on the still-unfinished Grande Prairie hospital before they knew exactly what they planned to put inside it!|
|Blog - Alberta Diary August 2 David J. Climenhaga | Thanks to previous Alberta NDP leaders Brian Mason, Pam Barrett and Ray Martin, Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood is one of the safer ridings for the NDP in Alberta.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary August 1 David J. Climenhaga | Carleton University Journalism Professor Paul Adams, one of the three high-profile inquiry members, said this morning the surprise announcement leaves the panel "in a bit of a quandary."|
|Blog - Alberta Diary August 1 David J. Climenhaga | In 2017, the pollster that published optimistic results for the UCP yesterday admitted to "a catastrophic polling failure" in its coverage of the Calgary civic election.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 31 David J. Climenhaga | Surely it's time for us to start choosing genuinely progressive leaders whose boldness matches that of the unrepresentative right.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 28 David J. Climenhaga | It would seem some of UCP Leader Jason Kenney’s MLAs who should have known better have lived down to expectations.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 27 David J. Climenhaga | If the pipeline is so essential to the economic wellbeing of Canada, it belongs in the public sector. Permanently.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 25 David J. Climenhaga | What happened? We grow old. Preston Manning, Godfather of the Canadian Right, is now 76. He has "stepped away" from his direct role in managing the effort.|
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Freedom Conservative Party's Derek Fildebrandt demonstrates his talent for getting up his opponents' nosesDavid J. Climenhaga | The Freedom Conservative Party interim leader's latest effort certainly had the desired effect of ginning up an enormous amount of media coverage.
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Saskatchewan, Ontario have no constitutional case against Ottawa's carbon tax, only a political strategyDavid J. Climenhaga | One advantage Canadian conservatives enjoy is the willingness of many right-wing political parties in Canadian provinces to act in concert with their federal branch.
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 19 David J. Climenhaga | It's hard to believe Derek Fildebrandt does not view his repudiation by UCP Leader Jason Kenney as a deep personal betrayal.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 17 David J. Climenhaga | Derek Fildebrandt is not a particularly sympathetic character, but in these circumstances, it's hard not to feel a little empathy for the fellow!|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 16 David J. Climenhaga | Another UCP MLA bites the dust: Calgary-Greenway MLA Prab Gill is the latest in a parade of MLAs to leave the Opposition caucus for one reason or another.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 14 David J. Climenhaga | Canadian conservatives who campaign in future U.S. elections are going to need to be prepared to answer hostile questions from their compatriots.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 13 David J. Climenhaga | As irritating as UCP triumphalism is to supporters of the Notley Government's policies in the wake of yesterday's by-election victories, there is no evidence yet it's not justified.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 11 David J. Climenhaga | With the benefit of hindsight, the prime minister's 2016 remarks about Brexit sound prime ministerial, even statesmanlike. UCP Leader Jason Kenney's rather less so.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 9 David J. Climenhaga | Adopting a policy proposed by the United Conservative Party would be tantamount to declaring law-free open season on anyone who wanders onto an isolated property.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 6 David J. Climenhaga | Will the day come when it is acceptable for a Canadian Conservative politician to give a speech to a "freedom rally" put on by ISIS? Never say never!|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 5 David J. Climenhaga | Brian Mason's last line at his news conference: "Let's call it a career, then. Shall we?" Exit, stage left. Not a dry eye in the house.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 4 David J. Climenhaga | We're not sorry! Independence Day 2018 demands from Canadians polite restraint, even chilly reserve, toward our neighbours.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary July 1 David J. Climenhaga | I don't know how the Beaverton stays in business with the brutal competition they’re facing nowadays from Alberta.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 30 David J. Climenhaga | If Stephen Harper wants to serve his country in the conduct of foreign affairs, he needs to wait to wait until he is asked by the elected government of the day.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 29 David J. Climenhaga | A foot in the door. This is how the fight to destroy women's reproductive rights began in the United States, and this is how the social conservative right intends to see it start in Canada too.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 28 David J. Climenhaga | Education Minister David Eggen quickly hailed the ruling as a victory "for justice and equality in the province of Alberta." As for the UCP Opposition … crickets.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary June 27 David J. Climenhaga | What does Alberta do instead of acknowledging the obvious and doing something about it? What we always do in our role as the spoiled little rich kid of Confederation! Whine about Quebec.|