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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 January 10
The Calgary skyline in 2016 (Photo: Kevin Cappis, Wikimedia Commons).
David J. Climenhaga | You can probably count on the nattering nabobs of neoliberal negativity at the UCP to come up with a new reason that is clearly the NDP's fault to explain why the sky is falling.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 9
Kathleen Wynne (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Never mind the spin. The actual Bank of Canada note concluded that the benefits of increased minimum wages outweigh any depressant effect they may have on job creation.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 4
PHOTOS: United Conservative Party MLA Wes Taylor, from Twitter with modifications by the author.
David J. Climenhaga | Some member of the UCP caucus is bound to be told sooner or later to dress up as Porky the Waster Hater, at least until the Opposition party can generate some porky waste of its own.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 3
University of Alberta economist and professor Andrew Leach. (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | United Conservative Party MLA launches social media bizarre attack on PhD economist who pointed out false claim in Jason Kenney tweet.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 31
David J. Climenhaga | Illegal hunting, legal hunting, bitumen refining, bitumen pipelining, lying and licence plates will all figure in the news in 2018, Alberta Diary predicts.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 30
David J. Climenhaga | From Jason Kenney's campaign to unite the right, to the NDP’s election financing reforms, to Catholic education, an Albertan’s take on the year’s most important stories.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 24
Derek Fildebrandt
David J.Climenhaga | According to a report published in the Calgary Herald, United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney is willing to forgive Derek Fildebrandt and invite him back aboard UCP Mother Ship.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 24
David J. Climenhaga | The principal goal of the "War on Christmas" is to distract us from the real war its theorists are prosecuting, the war for continued domination by the dominant classes.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 19
Image: Derek Fildebrandt
David J. Climenhaga | A Traffic Court Commissioner concluded MLA Derek Fildebrandt couldn’t prove he was elsewhere at the time of a hit and run in the parking lot of his Edmonton condo.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 15
Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney's widely forecast by-election victory yesterday formally concludes the double-reverse hostile takeover of Alberta's conservative parties.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 14
Derek Fildebrandt & Jason Kenney (from Kenney's social media)
David J. Climenhaga | The Independent MLA and errant marksman's expected return to the bosom of the UCP may depend on Leader Jason Kenney's margin of victory in today's Calgary byelection.
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.

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