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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 February 6
N. Murray Edwards
David J. Climenhaga | The story of billionaire flight from Alberta persists in Conservative circles. Luckily, it turns out Rona Ambrose, leader of the Opposition, is in a position to set the record straight!
Blog - Alberta Diary February 5
Rob Anderson
David J. Climenhaga | The days when party leaders like Danielle Smith and Rob Anderson expressed support for front-line health-care workers, are clearly over.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 2
Elizabeth May
David J. Climenhaga | Did anyone really expect Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep his electoral reform promise? Other than the Green Party leader, that is.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 1
Stephen Khan
David J. Climenhaga | Former Progressive Leadership candidate Stephen Khan says there's "something" about Jason Kenney's campaign that attracts bigots and extremists.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 31
Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | It sure sounds as if President Trump has confused his own government, perhaps his own wonderful self, with the United States itself -- "l'etat, c'est moi!"
Blog - Alberta Diary January 30
Image: Flickr/Policy Exchange
David J. Climenhaga | Apparently Ted Byfield, crusading far-right journalist, and David Eggen, Alberta education minister, only agree on one thing: How to pronounce Eggen.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 27
Steve Khan
David J. Climenhaga | Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and PC leadership candidates Richard Starke and Stephen Khan all made significant announcements today as the Jason Kenney juggernaut rolls on.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 27
Edward Greenspon
David J. Climenhaga | Now that they are reaping what they sowed, Canadian newspaper owners want taxpayers to do the heavy lifting for them.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 26
Photo: Travis Warren/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The Economist didn't blame the decline in American democracy on Donald Trump. They blamed Donald Trump on the decline in American democracy.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 25
Rachel Notley
David J. Climenhaga | Get used to it. As Otto von Bismarck famously observed, politics is "the art of the possible, the attainable, the art of the next best."
Blog - Alberta Diary January 24
Jim Stanford
David J. Climenhaga | With the economic case for austerity pretty well universally discredited, you have to look to the underlying motives of conservatives like Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 22
David J. Climenhaga | Given the turnout at Women's Marches around the world yesterday, if Trump's presidency has sparked a movement, its signature colour will most likely be pink.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 20
Image: Flickr/mostlyconservative
David J. Climenhaga | Prediction: Jason Kenney will get a tougher fight from Brian Jean, the leader of the Wildrose Party, than he will from the demoralized PCs.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 20
Ken Coates
David J. Climenhaga | Ken Coates is the Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 18
Brad Wall
David J. Climenhaga | When it comes to fiscal planning in conservative Western Canadian provinces, all we have to fall back on is the notion the lord giveth and the lord taketh away. Repeatedly.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 16
Nirmala Naidoo
David J. Climenhaga | Also, Alberta NDP lead fundraising results for fourth quarter and full-year 2016.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 16
Image: Facebook/Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | Decarbonization? No problem! Wait! That was then. This is now.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 13
Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | Thank you, Jane Fonda! Former Harper minister touts celebrity visit to prop up implausible argument that visibly effective NDP climate strategy doesn't actually work.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 12
John Ashton
John Ashton | A useful primer on the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission by former NDP Caucus director John Ashton.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 11
Justice Myra Bielby
David J. Climenhaga | The population of Alberta has grown about 20 per cent in less than a decade and, face it, most of those folks didn't move to Manyberries, Vegreville or Zama City.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 10
Photo: Sergei ~ 5of7/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Coming eventually to a political theatre near you: the Wildrose plan to unite the right under Brian Jean.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 9
Oneil Carlier
David J. Climenhaga | It's time for the NDP to get over their rude welcome to governing and get back to implementing the progressive agenda they were elected to enact.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 6
Heather Sweet
David J. Climenhaga | Funding to a home-schooling association has been restored, but an agreement with the government of Alberta puts the group under the supervision of an administrator.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 5
Bishop Fred Henry
David J. Climenhaga | Bishop Henry said he viewed his refusal to give interviews to the Calgary Herald during its 1999-2000 strike as part of his responsibility of proclaiming the Gospel.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 5
Image: Wikimedia Commons/DanielPaquet
David J. Climenhaga | Will the heads of Alberta's ultra-conservatives explode now that Brad Wall has done what they've been complaining about for nearly a decade? Or will they just pretend it didn't happen?
Blog - Alberta Diary January 4
Robin Campbell & Jim Prentice
David J. Climenhaga | In Alberta, the conservative capacity for cognitive dissonance appears almost unlimited.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 3
Don MacIntyre
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's conservative parties are so mired in their market fundamentalist ideology that, ironically, they have no time for the marketplace of ideas.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 2
Image: Flickr/Michael Ignatieff
David J. Climenhaga | High on the Harper government's bill of indictment against Michael Ignatieff was that he had advocated a carbon tax when he ran for the leadership of the federal Liberal Party.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 2
Image: Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Readers are welcome to take note and write in December 2017 to remind me of how many of these predictions I got wrong.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 30
David J. Climenhaga | There are a lot of people you can blame for Donald Trump -- including the Democrats for running a candidate like Hillary Clinton. But the Russians?