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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 October 22
David J. Climenhaga | The digital editions of the gutter press are full of the complaints nowadays of such alienated Albertans as United Conservative Party leadership contenders Brian Jean and Jason Kenney.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 20
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi
David J. Climenhaga | It's not bad news for the NDP that voters in many communities continue to tilt toward middle-of-the-road progressive candidates in elections for municipal councils and public school boards.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 20
Photo: http://www.elections.ab.ca
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's Electoral Boundaries Commission has issued a final report calling for one new urban riding in the Edmonton area and two in the Calgary region, plus three fewer rural ridings.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 20
Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The appointment to cabinet of former Tory Sandra Jansen, who crossed the floor to the NDP last year, is designed to win hearts and minds in Calgary, likely to be the key electoral battleground.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 13
Brian Jean. Image: Brian Jean/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | One has to feel a certain sympathy with would-be UCP leader Jean. Confronting Jason Kenney is a bit like standing in front of the proverbial juggernaut.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 6
The Canaport LNG jetty in Saint John. Image: Environmental Defence Canada/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Notwithstanding its leaders’ faux tears and faux cries of outrage, the United Conservative Party soon to be led by Jason Kenney is absolutely delighted by this development.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 5
MLA Karen McPherson (Image: Bob Hawkesworth)
David J. Climenhaga | Calgary-Nose Hill NDP MLA Karen McPherson will now sit as an independent MLA; Jeff Callaway will leave behind his role as a candidate to lead the United Conservative Party.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 3
American Flag/Photo: University of Missouri System/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | After nearly 530 were injured and 59 killed in yesterday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, the United States looks more and more like a failed state.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 2
Jagmeet Singh/Photo: NDP.ca
David J. Climenhaga | Never mind the federal NDP. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley's job today will be to get ahead of the assault on reason yesterday's truck attack in Edmonton is bound to unleash.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 1
MP Niki Ashton/Photo: Olav Rokne
David J. Climenhaga | Savvy Alberta New Democrats who want to help their provincial party's prospects will support the federal candidate most likely to focus on issues with a positive impact on Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 29
Kevin Taft and Sheila Pratt/Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Phase out the oilsands? Either do it on Alberta's terms, or have it done for Alberta, says Kevin Taft, once the leader of the province's Liberal Opposition.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 21
Photo: Norsk Teknisk Museum, Wikimedia Commons.
David J. Climenhaga | Albertans long ago "decided that a drunken, blow-out dance party today was better than a string of candle-lit dinner parties down the road."
Blog - Alberta Diary September 18
Image: Flickr/Kyle Pearce
David J. Climenhaga | It turns out the B.C. Liberals' Climate Leadership Plan was drafted by industry representatives in the Calgary boardroom of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers!
Blog - Alberta Diary September 15
Amanda Wakaruk
David J. Climenhaga | The government has a moral imperative to share information about what it does with its citizenry — why restrict what citizens can do with this information?
Blog - Alberta Diary September 14
The late Brock Ketchum & David Climenhaga on strike at the Calgary Herald, circa 1999
David J. Climenhaga | Imagine how much better off everyone in Canadian media would have been if the Calgary Herald strike had been as successful as its union drive.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 12
Image: Flickr/Government of Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | Outraged when Rebel was shut out, Alberta press gallery won't help with accreditation role that it said government must drop.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 11
Image: Flickr/Premier of Alberta​
David J. Climenhaga | Politics is a full-contact sport, played with the elbows up, and if young people are contemplating an elected career, they’ll need a thick skin. Grade six is not too early to learn this.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 4
Rachel Notley & friends at last year's EDLC Labour Day BBQ (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Passage of the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act on June 6 finally dragged Alberta labour law into the 20th Century -- less than two decades into the 21st!
Blog - Alberta Diary September 2
John Heaney
David J. Climenhaga | John Heaney will be replaced as chief of staff by Nathan Rotman, who has worked as issues management director of the Premier’s Office and chief of staff to Finance Minister Joe Ceci.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 28
Sarah Hoffman
David J. Climenhaga | Rolled out skillfully, because most Albertans are not fools, a sales tax might be more saleable than either major party imagines -- especially in light of the alternatives.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 18
David J. Climenhaga | Now that the NDP and its chief conservative opponents are apparently in agreement about Rebel Media, will the organization continue to be welcomed to government news events?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 16
Derek Fildebrandt and his red Ford
David J. Climenhaga | Apparently there is a three-strikes law in Alberta politics, and Derek Fildebrandt, the self-described "liberty Conservative" caught taking liberties with the rules, has struck out.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 14
Image: Facebook/Doug Schweitzer
David J. Climenhaga | The New West Partnership is designed to make it harder for provincial governments to enact their own, tougher policies on a range of issues. So what’s not to like about being kicked out?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 11
David J. Climenhaga | In light of the Alberta conservative history of entitlement, how the UCP deals with loose-cannon MLA Derek Fildebrandt will be an important test.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 10
Jack Layton (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | As the Forever War continues, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has admitted the United States is "not winning" the war against the Taliban.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 3
Rachel Notley in 2015
David J. Climenhaga | As low in the polls, relatively speaking, as the NDP may be right now, aspiring UCP leader Jason Kenney may turn out to be Premier Rachel Notley's most formidable advantage.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 3
Jason Kenney. Image: Flickr/mostlyconservative
David J. Climenhaga | If we accept UCP leadership candidate Jason Kenney's arithmetic, the Saskatchewan NDP appears to have wrecked the province's economy two years before it was elected!
Blog - Alberta Diary July 30
David J. Climenhaga | Recent comments Kenney made on education policy in Alberta suggest that he will appeal to the province's religious right throughout his campaign.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 28
David J. Climenhaga | Health-care workers would be a significant target of the cuts Jean is proposing in his campaign to lead the United Conservative Party.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 27
Richard Starke (from his Facebook page)
David J. Climenhaga | Could Alberta voters ignore the PACed up big-money guys dancing the Frankenparty fandango and recognize they're getting pretty good government in difficult circumstances from Rachel Notley’s NDP?

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