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 15 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 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 David J. Climenhaga | UCP to canned candidate: Here's your snappy Hugo Boss cap, now, quick march!|
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Former Wildrose MLA Joe Anglin finds new windmill to tilt at, this time for Freedom Conservative PartyDavid 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 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.|
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United Conservative hopefuls held an event in Edmonton, now everyone is asking: Why did white supremacists show up?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 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 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 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 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 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 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?|
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UCP in damage control mode, its troll farm busy, in face of Edmonton Public School Board budget cuts analysisDavid 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.
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UCP leader discovers there's no affliction more persistent than an outbreak of political theatrics in IndiaDavid 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 11 David J. Climenhaga | The rift between Premier Rachel Notley's Alberta New Democrats and the federal NDP led by Jagmeet Singh over the Trans Mountain Pipeline is wide and deep, but it is not unbridgeable -- yet.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 11 David J. Climenhaga | Voters now need to ask politicians in what circumstances they would use Section 33. And if you live in Toronto, you should probably grab your pots and pans and hit the streets.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 10 David J. Climenhaga | Quite far, apparently. Calgary MLA Richard Gotfried defeated candidate Cindy Ross for a United Conservative Party nomination -- after startling revelations about the challenger's past views.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 6 David J. Climenhaga | The good news, if you're a believer in the Trans Mountain pipeline, is that the judgment of the Federal Court of Appeal in fact provides a roadmap for completing the project.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 5 David J. Climenhaga | "Who is going to write the headlines and give the scripts to the journos?" asked MP Charlie Angus.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary September 3 David J. Climenhaga | Despite the herculean efforts of the North American right, it would seem increasing numbers of workers are doing the math.|