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 15 David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's NDP has published a website attacking Opposition Leader Jason Kenney's record as a federal Conservative MP, cabinet minster and social conservative activist.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary February 14 David J. Climenhaga | Last fall's report on Alberta's restaurant business by ATB Financial showed Albertans were spending record amounts in restaurants, and predicted they'd continue to do so.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary February 13 David J. Climenhaga | UCP Leader Jason Kenney appears to be backsliding on a pledge not to lower the minimum wage in Alberta.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary February 12 David J. Climenhaga | While this might mean Stephen Mandel ends his long political career on a sour note, it may be an opportunity to put the little party that never quite grew out of its misery.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary February 12 David J. Climenhaga | Will Jason Kenney stand by stand by John Carpay after he publicly stood by his inflammatory comparison of the Nazi swastika flag and Communist hammer and sickle banner to the rainbow Pride flag?|
|Blog - Alberta Diary February 9 David J. Climenhaga | The former Edmonton mayor and Progressive Conservative Party cabinet minister appears not to have filed his post-vote financial accounting paperwork in a sufficiently timely fashion.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary February 8 David J. Climenhaga | It's just a matter of supply and demand. A big increase in supply, conveniently located for inexpensive ocean transfer, will depress the price fetched by Alberta oil.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary February 7 David J. Climenhaga | The investigation centers on allegations by Amandeep Singh Panesar, a former temporary foreign worker, about labour abuses by Devinder Toor, the UCP candidate in the Calgary-Falconridge riding.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary February 6 David J. Climenhaga | Portrait of Jim Prentice by B.C. artist David Goatley is a more worthy contribution to the collection than several of the recent additions.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary February 5 David J. Climenhaga | It seems young politicians, no matter how serious, are publicly attacked for their youth -- unless they happen to be conservatives, in which case no shirt's too young to stuff.|
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What gives? Polite crowd, no visible security, no official UCP critics at Edmonton open house for Bighorn Park proposalDavid J. Climenhaga | Everything seemed copacetic at the Bighorn Wildland Provincial Park proposal open house in Edmonton on Saturday.
|Blog - Alberta Diary February 1 David J. Climenhaga | The facts don't support the myth New Democratic Party governments always try to break the bank with health-care spending.|
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Supreme Court says bankrupt corporations must pay for environmental cleanup first, pay debtors laterDavid J. Climenhaga | Stand by for a veritable tempest of wailing about "activist judges" from banking, oil industry and conservative quarters in response to this morning's ruling by the Supreme Court.
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 30 David J. Climenhaga | Alberta courts have ruled that banks come first and polluters can't be forced to clean up their messes if they go broke. We'll learn the Supreme Court's take on this tomorrow.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 29 David J. Climenhaga | A Medicine Hat preacher doesn't seem to have appreciated the online attention his sermon attracted Sunday -- thanks to an ill-advised tweet by an inattentive UCP candidate in a pew.|
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Alberta Justice minister needs to ask for RCMP investigation of Election Commissioner’s concerns, and quicklyDavid J. Climenhaga | Alberta's Elections Commissioner is concerned someone is trying to interfere with his investigation into irregularities in the 2017 United Conservative Party leadership race.
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UCP leader's tweet fumbles response to Islamophobic group's harassment of worshipers at Edmonton mosqueDavid J. Climenhaga | UCP Leader Jason Kenney's tweets were well meaning, but the dog-whistling habit is apparently hard to break.
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 25 David J. Climenhaga | Whether UCP leader Jason Kenney likes it or not, this story now has legs. Plus, developments are unlikely to be timed to suit his campaign schedule.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 24 David J. Climenhaga | Public anger at politicians who bill taxpayers for their living expenses when in reality they live close to their work is nothing new in Alberta. Abusive attacks on their critics are new.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 23 David J. Climenhaga | Tactics used by gun advocates and their Conservative allies to fight the so-called long-gun registry have opened the door to discussion of an outright ban on handguns.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 22 David J. Climenhaga | If it is eventually decided no rules were broken in Jason Kenney's case, the House of Commons may want to tighten how it subsidizes MPs' secondary residences to protect Canadian taxpayers.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 22 David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Opposition leader Jason Kenney vigorously denies the allegations as UCP supporters heap abuse Ottawa lawyer Kyle Morrow on Twitter.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 22 David J. Climenhaga | The CTF has been disproportionately influential in Canadian political discourse because the mainstream media treats its pronouncements as if they were credible. Will a $6,000 fine change that?|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 21 David J.Climenhaga | In response to federal Liberal discussions about a handgun ban, the former UCP MLA tweeted, "no matter what the feds do, they will never get their hands on mine."|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 20 David J. Climenhaga | Premier Rachel Notley has scheduled a Throne Speech for March 18. One way or the other -- barring calamities or a big surprise -- a general election will follow soon thereafter.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 17 David J. Climenhaga | If Brian Jean established anything on Monday, with his Epistle to the Albertans, wherein he set out his "agenda to move Alberta forward," it's that he remains a man desperate to be taken seriously.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 16 David J. Climenhaga | Citing "hyper-partisan self-centred politics" when he quit the UCP yesterday, the Drumheller-Stettler MLA says he hasn't ruled out running again.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 16 David J. Climenhaga | Unfortunately for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, a group of so-called "yellow vests" plans its own cross-Canada convoy. He could end up having to wear whatever they get up to.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 14 David J. Climenhaga | The NDP's security concerns about future Bighorn town halls are fully justified despite a cynical effort by the UCP to spin cancelled meetings as a plot to stifle opposition.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary January 10 David J. Climenhaga | A new paper by two B.C. academics doesn't mince words about the role of the University of Calgary and corporate media in a 2015 controversy about corporate influence in the academy.|