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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 December 12
UCP MLA Wayne Anderson (Photo: Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | Wayne Anderson also helps ID the voices on that recording about Jeff "Kamikaze" Callaway's campaign role while former Wildrose boss Brian Jean calls for Quebec boycott.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 11
Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney. Photo: Manning Centre c/o Jake Wright/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | If you had imagined the two Alberta legacy conservative parties to disappear once they were merged into the United Conservative Party, it appears you were mistaken.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 10
Prab Gill asking a question in Question Period … although not Thursday’s Question Period.
David J. Climenhaga | Calgary-Greenway MLA Prab Gill uses Question Period in the Legislature to ask if there's an investigation of misuse of PAC funds in the UPC leadership race.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 9
David J. Climenhaga | A political strategy that has long worked for the right -- forget about what your opponents have to say and rile up your base -- may be going mainstream. That’s probably bad news for Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 6
Prab Gill on the steps of the legislature back in the day (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | "In my weakness I caved and agreed to quietly sit as an Independent," said former UCP MLA Prab Gill. No more!
Blog - Alberta Diary December 5
Placards "Put a price on carbon" and "Climate change is real," at the People's Climate March 2017. Photo: Edward Kimmel/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | The complaints of the yellow-jacketed protesters in France encompass the entire traditional left-wing indictment of the neoliberal austerity program the Canadian right advocates.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 4
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The per-barrel price of Alberta heavy oil rose more than 36 per cent between Friday and the close of trading Monday. Premier Rachel Notley made her announcement Sunday.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 2
Rachel Notley/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta will impose an 8.7-per-cent oil production cut to shrink gaping price differential, steely NDP premier says.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 2
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is braver than your average politician (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Fasten your seat belts. Alberta's premier will make history if she sets out a plan to deflate the Bitumen Bubble.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 1
David J. Climenhaga | Increasing the pace of extraction to increase the supply is not a sound strategy.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 26
David J. Climenhaga | In its heyday, General Motors employed about 40,000 people in Canada. Now that number is just over 8,000, and is set to fall by nearly half. The prime suspect in the ordeal? Donald Trump.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 25
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta has been the master of all it surveyed as long as anyone can remember, perpetually the richest province in Canada. This was thanks to our petroleum reserves, not our good management.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 23
Finance Minister Joe Ceci, flanked by public service pension members, discussed Bill 27 at a press conference Tuesday (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The Joint Governance of Public Sector Pension Plans Act will bring public service pension governance in Alberta into the Canadian mainstream.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 19
Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | By adopting an energy policy founded on low royalties and pipeline development, Alberta has squandered an opportunity to implement a program that could have strengthened Alberta's economy.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 16
David J. Climenhaga | On Tuesday, the president of Cenovus Energy Inc. called for temporary production cuts across the Canadian oil sector to push prices back up. It's all about supply and demand.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 16
Alberta Education Minister David Eggen
David J. Climenhaga | This week, the NDP threatened to defund 28 religious schools if they don't implement diversity policies, and a video emerged in which a prominent UCP member compared Pride flags to Nazi swastikas.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 15
Calgary Olympic Park. Photo: David Wilson/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | A plebiscite on a plan clearly strongly opposed by many on both sides of Alberta's political divide is probably not a reliable barometer of voter intentions in the election next spring.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 14
Image: Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Monday was not a good day for Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney and his supporter John Carpay. Yesterday wasn't either.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 12
David J. Climenhaga | A prominent Jason Kenney supporter has compared the rainbow pride flag to the swastika flag of Nazi Germany and the hammer and sickle of communism.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 11
David J. Climenhaga | If he's looking for extremists in the UCP, Leader Jason Kenney may not actually need a database that can peer into the dark corners of the internet.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 8
Aerial view of Alberta tar sands. Photo: Dru Oja Jay/Howl Arts Collective/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Last year's aggregate profit for five largest oilsands companies was within spitting distance of total revenues collected from all sources by the Alberta government.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 7
Alberta Provincial Legislature Building. Photo: WinterE229 (WinterforceMedia)/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Calgary-East MLA Robyn Luff, kicked out of the NDP caucus, expressed shock and dismay at that entirely predictable outcome in a Facebook post.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 7
 	Protesting Illinois 6th District Republican Congressman Peter Roskam in Chicago. Photo: Charles Edward Miller/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Republicans mostly hitched their wagons to Donald Trump's dark star in the U.S. mid-term elections, and notwithstanding passage of control of the House to the Democrats it has worked well for them.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 6
Calgary-East MLA Robyn Luff (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | MLA for Calgary-East Robyn Luff unexpectedly told media yesterday morning she would refuse to sit in the legislature to protest what she described as "a culture of fear and intimidation."
Blog - Alberta Diary November 5
David J. Climenhaga | There have been enough examples of offensive attitudes about race, religion, gender and science among would-be UCP candidates since last spring to field a soccer team.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 3
David J. Climenhaga | The real question of last night's debate between Steve Bannon and David Frum was summarized nicely by the Beaverton: "Which is better, hate crimes or war crimes?"
Blog - Alberta Diary October 31
Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon (Photo: Gage Skidmore, Wikipedia Commons).
David J. Climenhaga | Here's what you do, Justin Trudeau. Tell Ralph Goodale, your public safety minister, to call the CBSA right now and tell them to stop Steve Bannon at the border. Easy-peasy.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 30
Alberta Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt briefs student leaders about Bill 19 at the Legislature yesterday (Photo: Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta).
David J. Climenhaga | Bill 19, the Act to Improve the Affordability and Accessibility of Post-Secondary Education, is no bad thing, taking reasonable steps to protect students within provincial jurisdiction.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 29
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley addresses NDP members in her speech in Edmonton. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The prevailing media narrative is Rachel Notley and the NDP are down in the polls, down in the trajectory of history and down for the count. So why aren't they looking down in the mouth?
Blog - Alberta Diary October 28
Former Alberta NDP leader Brian Mason says farewell to the party’s convention in Edmonton yesterday as the premier, former leaders and MLAs look on
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Rachel Notley called retiring former leader Brian Mason "a titan" at the party's convention in Edmonton.