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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 1
Edmonton-Gold Bar MLA Hugh MacDonald
David J. Climenhaga | Edmonton MLA Hugh MacDonald's possible emergence today as interim replacement for Dr. David Swann as Alberta Liberal leader could turn out to be the best thing that's happened to the party in years.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 31
Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon
David J. Climenhaga | Canadians need to remember, as we contemplate the very real possibility of electoral worst-case scenarios, that even in a democracy, democracy is not simply a matter of voting.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 29
Alberta Party Interim Leader Sue Huff
David J. Climenhaga | Legislature insiders are abuzz with reports that two more Calgary Liberal MLAs are about to join Dave Taylor in the Alberta Party caucus.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 28
Ted Morton, Alberta finance minister no more
David J. Climenhaga | The fundamental ideological rift between the progressive wing of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives and the Shock Doctrine wing can no longer be denied.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 27
Alberta Finance Minister Ted Morton
David J. Climenhaga | Ted Morton will get another crack at Alberta's top political job -- but his second chance will now be on departing Premier Ed Stelmach's terms.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 26
Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach
David J. Climenhaga | Yesterday morning Danielle Smith was the next premier of Alberta and Dave Taylor's move to the Alberta Party was the talk of the province. By lunchtime, everything had changed except Taylor's luck.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 25
Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach
David J. Climenhaga | After an inauspicious 2010, and a horrible start to 2011, Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach has taken the traditional Canadian walk in the snow.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 25
Dave Taylor, Alberta MLA
David J. Climenhaga | Former Liberal MLA Dave Taylor's move to the Alberta Party means there are now five parties with seats in the Alberta Legislature.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 23
Alberta Finance Minister Ted Morton
David J. Climenhaga | Without balancing the books, all Alberta Finance Minister Ted Morton can do is get on his knees and pray that natural gas prices will rise before the next election.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 22
Alberta Information & Privacy Commissioner Frank Work
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's Information and Privacy Commissioner has scolded Premier Ed Stelmach for "a lack of leadership" regarding the public's right to timely information.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 21
Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann - no more Mr. Nice Guy?
David J. Climenhaga | Apparently Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann has decided he doesn't really care if anyone reaches the conclusion he's not Mr. Nice Guy any more.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 19
Villa Caritas
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta government's decision to move geriatric psychiatric services in Edmonton was driven by nothing more than pride!
Blog - Alberta Diary January 17
Raj Sherman and David Eggen
David J. Climenhaga | Raj Sherman is going to be alone in a car with persuasive NDP candidate David Eggen for a minimum of 24 hours in January and February. At the end of that experience, how could he not join the NDP?
Blog - Alberta Diary January 16
George Galloway, Nov. 25, 2010, in Edmonton, Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | News reports of impending indictments by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon bring to mind a warning delivered in Edmonton in November 2010 by George Galloway.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 14
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
David J. Climenhaga | The definitive election positions put forward by Prime Minister Stephen Harper are profoundly negative, designed to play to the darkest fears of Canadians.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 13
Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta is paying its politicians the best money in Canada for the worst results. And it's still snowing. What's wrong with this picture?
Blog - Alberta Diary January 12
Raj Sherman, Independent Alberta MLA
David J. Climenhaga | The smart money says that if former Conservative Dr. Raj Sherman goes anywhere, it will be to the fledgling Alberta Party.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 11
Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach
David J. Climenhaga | The Stelmach Conservatives plan to delay the next sitting of the Alberta Legislature -- not a bad plan, too bad for them it won't work.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 10
Arizona Democratic Party Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
David J. Climenhaga | There can be no doubt that there is a connection between the North American right's increasing invocation of the language of violence and the actual use of violence.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 9
Maxime Bernier
David J. Climenhaga | Now we know: Scrapping the mandatory long-form census questionnaire never had anything to do with Canadians' wishes, fears or concerns.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 8
Elke Blodgett, Alberta Environmentalist
David J. Climenhaga | Canadians need to listen up to local environmental heroes like Elke Blodgett in St. Albert, Alta.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 7
Ruth Kelly
David J. Climenhaga | In any normal province a candidate as promising as Ruth Kelly would be a cinch to beat an underperformer like Edmonton-Spruce Grove Conservative MP Rona Ambrose. Not here in Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 6
Lucinda Chodan, newly appointed Edmonton Journal editor-in-chief
David J. Climenhaga | Tuesday morning's edition of the Edmonton Journal confirms the appointment of Lucinda Chodan as editor-in-chief, first reported in this space last October.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 5
David J. Climenhaga | The sudden use for the phrase "the Harper Government" suggests their pollsters are telling them it's resonating positively with voters. You know what that means...
Blog - Alberta Diary January 3
Dr. Andre Corriveau, Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health
David J. Climenhaga | Nothing can top November 2009 for the feeling Albertans were all extras in a horror movie about the end of the world.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 2
Alberta Oilsands Worker Illustrated in the Conservative Progressivism Style
David J. Climenhaga | Good news! There may be a way for the prime minister to support poetry with swears in it while appealing to the basest instincts of his fundamentalist Base.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 1
Former AHS CEO Stephen Duckett
David J. Climenhaga | Stephen Duckett's secret speech was just the opening barrage. The fired senior health executive is going to be a thorn in the side of the Alberta government for a long time yet.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 31
Syphilis Infection Rates in Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | The increase in syphilis cases in Alberta was 9 per cent in 2009 over 2008. No one seems to have noticed that reported cases were up 99 per cent since 1999.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 30
Former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein
David J. Climenhaga | Since when does the NDP owe it to the Liberals to commit suicide to suit Michael Ignatieff's ambitions?
Blog - Alberta Diary December 29
Alberta NDP leader Brian Mason as USMC Drill Instructor
David J. Climenhaga | Will any political party really risk losing votes by being Monte Python funny in their annual Press Gallery videos when the whole thing's going up on Youtube in the morning? Unlikely.