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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 10
Larry Hubich
David J. Climenhaga | Premier Brad Wall has until Jan. 27, when his resignation takes effect, to try to skate through this mess. After that, some other Sask Party premier will have to carry the can.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 8
Brad Wall. Photo: DanielPaquet/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | At 52, Brad Wall is still a young man. So he'll probably find a way to continue to be a public nuisance.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 5
Alberta Democratic Renewal and Labour Minister Christina Gray. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Bill 32 and previous NDP legislation may not get the "dark money" out of politics, but it will expose it to enough illumination it can hardly be called dark any more.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 4
Greg Clark. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | More than three weeks have passed since Greg Clark unexpectedly stepped down as leader of the Alberta Party, and there are apparently no candidates to replace him.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 1
Alberta horticulturist Jim Hole (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Should we really be letting large private corporations market marijuana like Big Tobacco through corner-store outlets with near-zero accountability?
Blog - Alberta Diary November 30
Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | "Public sector bargaining is one of the progressive left's proudest achievements in Canada," Brian Topp once observed. "It is also perhaps our greatest gift to the political right."
Blog - Alberta Diary November 28
Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray. Photo: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It will be very interesting to see how the UCP Opposition reacts to the truly dramatic changes proposed in Bill 30, which is certain to be passed by the NDP majority in the House.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 22
Dr. Jamie Peck. Photo: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | We have all been so conditioned by constant repetition of the nauseating nostrums of neoliberalism that it’s hard to think coherently any more.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 20
Guardian journalist Martin Lukacs. Photo: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Journalist Martin Lukacs says, "we need a Canadian Orwell to taxonomize the way Liberals have managed to use language to serve their ends!"
Blog - Alberta Diary November 16
Alberta Education Minister David Eggen. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Passage of Bill 24 is a backhanded tribute to UCP Leader Jason Kenney, who kept his social conservative backers sweet by advocating outing kids who join GSAs to their parents.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 15
Photo: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | The big question now has to be whether, come the next Alberta general election, the reconstituted PC-dominated Alberta Party is likely to take more votes from the NDP or the UCP?
Blog - Alberta Diary November 15
Tzeporah Berman. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | "If they are not dealt with now, tar sands tailings could become a permanent toxic legacy of the most reckless forms of 20th century fossil fuel extraction," writes environmentalist Tzeporah Berman.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 13
Ted Byfield. Image: YouTube
David J. Climenhaga | Conservative commentator Ted Byfield's recent inflammatory post about "sex clubs" in Alberta schools has hit the province's political scene like a pie in the face.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 11
Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark
David J. Climenhaga | Whether the changes at the Alberta Party are good news or bad news for Rachel Notley's NDP, or for that matter Jason Kenney's UCP, all depends on which way the votes split.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 10
Jason Kenney. Photo: Dave Cournoyer/Daveberta.ca
David J. Climenhaga | The results of Tuesday's elections in the not-entirely-dissimilar republic next door are suggestive of possibilities, if not certainties, here in Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 5
David J. Climenhaga | New staffers known by UCP Leader Jason Kenney are making their way to Alberta to join his staff.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 30
Jason Kenney. Image: michael_swann/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | So what happens next? Will Jason Kenney now strategically moderate his radical and controversial social conservatism, or double down on it?
Blog - Alberta Diary October 30
Backlit keyboard. Image: Colin/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | UCP leadership election procedures may have failed to pass the sniff test, but party officials see no problem.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 27
Jason Kenney. Image: michael_swan/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney's campaign to lead the United Conservative Party has been described as a juggernaut, crushing every conservative who stands in its way. It seems likely Brian Jean is next.
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.