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 February 9 David J. Climenhaga | Does anyone actually believe Jason Kenney's claim that Gerald Butts, then Justin Trudeau's principal secretary, secretly conspired with the White House in 2015?|
|Blog - Alberta Diary February 6 David J. Climenhaga | When citizens push back against UCP plans and policies, they can expect to be swarmed and bullied, often quite personally, by publicly paid political staff.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary February 5 David J. Climenhaga | The world will likely still need some Alberta bitumen -- to repair the roads on which all those electric vehicles will go whizzing around.|
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Ernst & Young review of Alberta Health Services gives UCP cover to do lots, flexibility to do littleDavid J. Climenhaga | The consultant's report released yesterday by the Alberta government could be a harbinger of a privatization binge, or it could just turn out to be an expensive press release.
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What Brexit and Ottawa's decision on the Teck oil sands mine have in common: Jason Kenney's stubborn intransigenceDavid J. Climenhaga | Even die-hard Alberta conservatives might start to wonder if all of Alberta's problems are really Justin Trudeau's fault.
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Arbitrator's decision awarding 1% pay increase to some AUPE members undermines UCP austerity argumentsDavid J. Climenhaga | The stage has been set for a disputatious period of labour relations in Alberta for the foreseeable future.
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Jason Kenney's office scripted op-ed and speaking notes for head of 'expert panel' on Alberta's financesDavid J. Climenhaga | A freedom of information filing by the Alberta Federation of Labour revealed that UCP staffers wrote speaking notes and a newspaper column for the head of Alberta's so-called "blue ribbon panel."
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 29 David J. Climenhaga | Support for TMX outside the Prairies has dropped since Kenney scrapped Rachel Notley's "social license" strategy. The UCP government's hostile approach is driving away support for the project.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 28 David J. Climenhaga | Liberal strategists likely fear a return of Jason Kenney to federal politics more than Peter MacKay winning the Conservative party leadership race.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 25 David J. Climenhaga | The start of a global coronavirus outbreak probably isn't the best moment for a high-risk ideological experiment in health-care management, but don't expect conservatives to care.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 23 David J. Climenhaga | Soon we will find out if breaking the law is illegal in Alberta.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 21 David J. Climenhaga | A small activist organization is challenging the UCP government's so-called inquiry into "anti-Alberta campaigns." If the Alberta government is a Goliath, Progress Alberta is certainly David.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 19 David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney's government adores regulations intended to harass people and organizations they don't like, for example, the University of Alberta.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 17 David J. Climenhaga | File under unsolved political mysteries: career changes by Stephen Harper, Preston Manning and Andrew Weaver. Whatever can they mean?|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 16 David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta legislature returns on February 25 amid disappearing jobs and sour economic indicators. Can Alberta survive another spring of renewal like the last one?|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 14 David J. Climenhaga | Why is there an almost total blackout of news about the general strike in France in Canadian media?|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 12 David J. Climenhaga | Judging from the turnout at its Edmonton rally yesterday, Alberta's minuscule Wexit faction might want to reconsider its demand for a separation referendum right now.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 10 David J. Climenhaga | If you expected a separatist open mic night in Fort Saskatchewan, guess again!|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 9 David J. Climenhaga | In the wake of yesterday's air tragedy in Iran that took the lives of at least 63 Canadians, all Canadians want answers to what caused Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS 752 to crash.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 8 David J. Climenhaga | The United Conservative Party has a lot of time for the rule of law -- but only when the law lets it enforce its own rules.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 7 David J. Climenhaga | Run competently, the Canadian Energy Centre could do considerably more damage to the democratic rights of Albertans and the state of our rapidly heating globe.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 6 David J. Climenhaga | Response to Australian wildfires shows how much has changed since 2016, when connections between Alberta wildfires and climate change were denounced as outrageous.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 3 David J. Climenhaga | The New Brunswick nurse and president of Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is best known outside labour as a high-profile supporter for a national pharmacare program.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary December 31 David J. Climenhaga | The United Conservative Party's austerity program will push Alberta into recession. The UCP, naturally, will blame the NDP and Justin Trudeau.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary December 27 David J. Climenhaga | The Canadian Energy Centre is churning out thinly veiled propaganda while staffers masquerade as reporters, endangering the integrity of an already struggling media ecosystem.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary December 21 David J. Climenhaga | It turns out the square-pipeline symbol that was supposedly rustled up just for the Canadian Energy Centre was already in use as the corporate logo of a software developer based in Massachusetts.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary December 21 David J. Climenhaga | What the "war room" came up with in response to a tart column in the Medicine Hat News was more akin to a boring press release, as staffers of the newspaper were soon gleefully tweeting.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary December 18 David J. Climenhaga | Is Bill C-69 the "No More Pipelines Bill," as Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says? Apparently not.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary December 18 David J. Climenhaga | Kenney will take his war on Alberta's carbon tax to the Supreme Court, even as data shows the tax did not significantly harm the province's GDP. Meanwhile, his 'war room' takes on a local columnist.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary December 15 David J. Climenhaga | Had he not left the Conservative party in 2018, Bernier would be a prime candidate for the party leadership after Scheer's departure.|