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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 April 14
Wildorse Leader Brian Jean with reporters. But where's Jason?
David J. Climenhaga | If anyone sees Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney, please let someone responsible know. If he doesn't show up soon, his face is going to start appearing on milk cartons!
Blog - Alberta Diary April 12
Alberta Agriculture Minister Oniel Carlier (front left) and Alberta Beef Producers Chair Bob Lowe (front right). GoA Photo
David J. Climenhaga | Continuing to make farmers fund agricultural check-off organizations, some of which function almost as auxiliaries of the Wildrose Opposition, is not going to help the Alberta NDP.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 11
Screenshot of the offending anti-abortion video
David J. Climenhaga | Albertans deserve to know what opposition politicians would actually do about such situations in tax-financed schools.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 10
Alberta labour lawyer Andrew Sims (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | It's worth asking the question if over time this approach could lead to the creation of an Academic Faculty Union of Canada?
Blog - Alberta Diary April 8
David J. Climenhaga | The departing PC Party president was never going to be forgiven by Leader Jason Kenney's forces once they were in charge and remaking the party in their own image.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 6
Alison Redford on March 13, 2014 (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Cleared for second time of conflict accusations, Alison Redford emerged from seclusion to speak about how women politicians are held to different standards than men.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 4
Alison Redford (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Conservatives motor to easy by-election wins in Calgary; third inquiry clears Alison Redford; Brad hits the Wall; and Kenney fink-call plan keeps falling flat.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 3
Anita Bryant (Wikimedia Commons)
David J. Climenhaga | Will it help with severely normal Alberta voters if Jason Kenney turns into Canada's Anita Bryant, pounding a pulpit that seemed pathetic even in 1977? Not so much, probably.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 1
David J Climenhaga | You can't make this stuff up. You literally can't, as it turns out.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 31
Sometime Alberta Liberal leadership candidate Nolan Crouse (David Climenhaga photo)
David Climenhaga | The Alberta Liberal Party has been badly shaken by the flighty flight of St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse, in whom many supporters had invested high hopes.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 30
Jason Kenney (Photo by David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Being away from Alberta 20 years and not noticing it's changed is the most charitable explanation for Jason Kenney's call to effectively out gay students who wish to join GSAs.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 27
Wilkdrose Energy Critic Drew Barnes (right). (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Wildrose Energy Critic Drew Barnes is drawing fire for putting some of his own money into a documentary that questions global climate change.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 24
Alberta Education Minister David Eggen (David Climenhaga photo)
David Climenhaga | The government needs to remember that sometimes in history, the right thing is more than just the only thing decent people can do, but the right thing politically too.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 23
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall
David J. Climenhaga | What will those Alberta politicians who insist sales-tax-raising Brad Wall of Saskatchewan is Western Canada’s “real leader” say now?
Blog - Alberta Diary March 22
At right, Calgary-Fish Creek PC MLA Richard Gotfried (from his Facebook page).
David J. Climenhaga | There is part of a long tradition in Alberta politics of dubious Russian political metaphors. PC MLA Richard Gotfried is the latest politician to yield to this temptation.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 19
David J. Climenhaga | Kenney won leadership in the first ballot on Saturday. His victory will push the provincial party even further to the right.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 18
David J. Climenhaga | Kenney's pending victory as Alberta PC leader another attempt on Manning's part to Unite the Right in Wild Rose Country.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 17
Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | It was Budget Day in Alberta and the sense of relief in the halls of the Legislature was palpable, again.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 15
Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | If Wildrose Leader Brian Jean fights for the leadership of a combined right-wing party in Alberta with Jason Kenney, could he win?
Blog - Alberta Diary March 14
Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray at March 13, 2017, news conference (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's labour laws haven't been meaningfully updated since 1988, but the NDP government plans consultations before introducing needed changes.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 14
Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray (Image: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | First contract compulsory arbitration: will the Alberta NDP enact even that sensible and nearly universal reform? We have no idea.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 12
Chrystia Freeland
David J. Climenhaga | The fact the Foreign Affairs Minister tried to pass off her grandfather's history, which we now know to be true, as Russian disinformation should concern us all.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 9
Alberta Education Minister David Eggen (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | All right-wing parties have to defend their support for excessive funding for ritzy private schools is the risible claim such schools offer "choice," and, you know, choice is good.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 8
Wildrose Leader Brian Jean with reporters (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | The Wildrose leader distanced himself from a campus club that published an offensive ad -- although a photo on social media shows him meeting the same group not long ago.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 7
Jason Kenney (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | We sat through this movie once before. Now we're watching the horrifying big-budget sequel next door.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 6
Texas State Capitol, Austin (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | I expect the small NDP group will be made to feel right at home today by the nabobs of the petroleum industry in Houston, and will feel naturally at home tomorrow in Austin.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 5
Interim Alberta PC Leader Ric McIver
David J. Climenhaga | The estimated millions we Alberta taxpayers spend every year subsidizing elite private schools has to come from somewhere too. The return on investment is not as clear!
Blog - Alberta Diary March 3
Party crasher Jason Kenney (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | When it comes to its own core constituencies, Alberta's NDP government continues to be too cautious – undoubtedly a hangover from the rough ride it got over Bill 6.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 2
Alberta Liberal Leadership candidate Nolan Crouse (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Why should voters who support NDP policy -- even if they don't love the NDP -- risk voting for the Alberta Liberals? Nolan Crouse must answer this question to succeed.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 1
Alberta Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell reads the 2016 Throne Speech (GoA photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Unlike the two NDP throne speeches, those of the Progressive Conservatives in recent years were less likely to deliver on their key promises.