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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 April 22
Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley in 2016
David J. Climenhaga | The Liberals setting up a national election campaign that is about 50 per cent Sunny Ways and 50 per cent Beware of the Dog. Jason Kenney looks good for the part of the dog.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 20
Alberta Opposition United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J.Climenhaga | It's time, perhaps, for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley to spend more energy explaining how her government is different from Jason Kenney's Opposition and less on how it's the same!
Blog - Alberta Diary April 17
Alberta Energy Minister Margaret McQuaig-Boyd looks on as Premier Rachel Notley speaks about Bill 12 yesterday (Photo: Government of Alberta/Flickr).
David J. Climenhaga | Overwrought anyone? Rachel Notley threatens to punish British Columbians. UCP, after screaming for something like this, ducks and covers. Send in the army, demands former energy minister.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 16
David J. Climenhaga | The current dispute between Alberta, B.C., and Ottawa over the Trans Mountain pipeline is not a constitutional crisis, but it could turn into one.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 13
Vancouver Kinder Morgan Protest. Photo: William Chen/Flickr, released under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International
David J. Climenhaga | We've got the chance, thanks be unto Donald J. Trump. Obviously, it's time to get the heck out of NAFTA!
Blog - Alberta Diary April 13
Alberta Trade Minister Deron Bilous at the Rally4Resources Rally (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Yesterday's rally was an unedifying event. At least no one was chanting, "Lock 'Er Up" this time, although I'd bet you some members of the crowd were thinking it.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 12
David Suzuki (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | New salary regulations introduced by Alberta NDP won't please top university administrators; entire United Conservative Party Caucus goes missing!
Blog - Alberta Diary April 11
Perfidious Pierre, villain of the National Energy Program, as the late prime minister is understood by all good Albertans to have been (Photo: Wikimedia Commons).
David J. Climenhaga | It's pretty hard to argue this situation isn't an example of the oil industry's continued domination of the Alberta government.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 9
Alberta premier Rachel Notley
David J. Climenhaga | If Canada won't stop acting like a constitutional democracy and start acting like a petro-tyranny, Kinder Morgan says it will take its pipeline and go home!
Blog - Alberta Diary April 7
Kirill Kalinin, former First Secretary and Press Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Canada.
David J. Climenhaga | It’s not a "scurrilous story" to say Chrystia Freeland's grandfather was a Nazi collaborator and a propagandist for the Holocaust. It’s an uncomfortable fact.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 5
Oil processing facility in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Photo: kris krüg/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Media conspiracy theories and angry right-wing rhetoric may Make Alberta An Environmental Pariah Again, but the result would be a world of hurt.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 3
Jason Kenney in 2008. Photo: mostlyconservative/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Social conservatives' complaining notwithstanding, based on objective reality, no one can argue anything bad has happened to Alberta or Albertans as a result of the historic Vriend decision.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 2
Shoppers in West Edmonton Mall. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If the Christian faith is all but done for, militant, fundamentalist Christians have no one to blame but themselves.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 1
ND lapel pin. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Dear readers, do not fret. Before you cancel your donation to the Alberta NDP, check the date.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 31
David J. Climenhaga | We can't know with certainty what's in UCP Leader Jason Kenney's heart, but it's reasonable to suspect he still harbours long-term federal ambitions.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 29
Protestors block the gates of the Kinder Morgan Richmond Terminal. Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Somebody has done some message testing and determined "the rule of law" is a good talking point to which Alberta audiences will respond favourably. The argument is fatuous.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 28
Crowd taking part in Salt Spring-Kinder Morgan action. Photo: Christina Marshall/Leadnow Canada/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | If protests in Burnaby continue to grow, and British Columbians continue to line up to be peacefully arrested, this is when Canadians will learn the real power of social license.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 26
David J. Climenhaga | By behaving like children in Parliament, the Conservatives have proved Opposition leader Andrew Scheer is no Stephen Harper, and indeed that he is not much of leader at all.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 23
Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | If the NDP has added a new twist to the old PC prayer for higher oil prices, it's the suggestion things will get better when the Trans Mountain Pipeline is completed.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 22
Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Irony alert! Albertans must brace themselves for a very Albertan response from B.C. to their claim a balanced budget depends on that pipeline to Vancouver. They won't like it.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 22
Alberta Legislature in Technicolor (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Today is Budget Day in Alberta, so we'll get to see the real thing from the NDP government. As for the Opposition United Conservative Party … nothing but crickets.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 21
Minister of Education David Eggen visits Calgary school. Photo: Premier of Alberta/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Albertans are pretty unenthusiastic about the whole idea of giving public money to schools that charge tuition, an Environics poll done for the Alberta Teachers Association shows.
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.

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