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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 November 9
Sandra Jansen
David J. Climenhaga | There have been rumblings of moves within the PC Party to force former leadership candidate Sandra Jansen out for being too progressive for a Conservative.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 8
Jason Nixon
David J. Climenhaga | If the party truly disapproved of the racist imagery, the Wildrose whip, his caucus mates and the people who want to merge them into the PCs are going to have to work a lot harder to prove it.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 7
John L. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Throughout his teaching career the author’s father, John L. Climenhaga, advocated strongly for the value of publicly supported post-secondary education.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 6
Stephen Harper
David J. Climenhaga | Kenney wants to merge the Alberta PC and Wildrose parties, putting him at odds with the other provincial leadership candidates.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 4
David Eggen
David J. Climenhaga | Perhaps it is time in the interests of society to bring all home schooling in Canada directly under the supervision of a public school board.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 3
Canadian Premiers
David J. Climenhaga | Were the many Alberta companies that gave money to the Saskatchewan Party intentionally circumventing Alberta's tough election financing laws?
Blog - Alberta Diary November 1
Brad Wall
David J. Climenhaga | Just because donations from public institutions in Saskatchewan are not illegal doesn't mean they are not in a fundamental way improper.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 31
Mump & Smoot
David J. Climenhaga | Seriously, dear readers, if you're driving tonight, slow down, keep your eyes peeled and your hands off your mobile device.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 30
Brian Jean
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Opposition leader's dystopic vision of Alberta may not match reality, but it's red meat to the Wildrose base.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 29
Don Mazankowski
David J. Climenhaga | Regardless of the timing and strategy for releasing the news, it's certain the move was planned in Ottawa while Stephen Harper was prime minister of Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 28
Joshua Bergman
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Ralph Klein's massive reduction in nursing hours in the early 1990s created a new Alberta deficit -- a deficit in nursing care.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 25
Glen Motz
David J. Climenhaga | A Conservative byelection in Canada’s political Jurassic Park hardly portends a change of heart among Canadians in other parts of the country.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 24
Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | PC leadership candidate Jason Kenney is making a promise he knows he can't keep. His legal argument, as he surely knows perfectly well, is a dog that won't hunt.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 21
Missing Mars Lander
David J. Climenhaga | You don't need a calculator to know that if Postmedia keeps losing money at this quarter’s pace, it'll soon be burning through $400 million a year.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 20
Rachel Notley
David J. Climenhaga | Forget about uniting the right for the moment. Maybe it's time to start talking about uniting the left again!
Blog - Alberta Diary October 19
David J. Climenhaga | Would the perennial Canadian advocates of political term limits please shut up!
Blog - Alberta Diary October 18
Elections Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | It's fun, but entirely speculative, to wonder what impact the PC leadership race is having on the ability of the two Conservative parties to raise funds.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 17
Dougald Lamont
David J. Climenhaga | A CBC commentator makes it clear to the general public the Canadian Taxpayers Federation is just another Astroturf organization set up to push the tired old conservative agenda.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 15
Jim Prentice
David J. Climenhaga | Political implications of the former Conservative leader's death are unlikely to be significant now because he cut himself off from politics with such finality after his 2015 election loss.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 14
Neil Fassina
David J. Climenhaga | Neil Fassina started work in his new role as president of Athabasca University this week. He’s already got a controversy to deal with.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 13
Sandra Jansen
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta Liberal Party, meanwhile, has now set timelines for a leadership race of its own.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 12
Pat Paulsen
David J. Climenhaga | It's been a slow night in Alberta politics. The only buzz is that today's the day PC MLA Sandra Jansen will announce her bid for the PC Party leadership.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 10
Image: Flikr/DonkeyHotey
David J. Climenhaga | As ungentlemanly as it may seem, Canadian political parties that ignore U.S. trends in campaign strategy do so at their own peril.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 7
Alison Redford
David J. Climenhaga | Alison Redford may not have intended to, but she smashed the mould. Alberta politics will never be the same again. It all started five years ago today.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 6
Rachel Notley & Justin Trudeau
David J. Climenhaga | No doubt about it, if there's a pipeline deal in the offing, the "bombshell" announcement made by the Prime Minister Monday can be made to work for both the federal Liberals and the Alberta NDP.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 5
Corey Hogan
David J. Climenhaga | There are likely to be many who argue Carey Hogan's resume is too thin for a senior position of such importance. Others will say he is extremely bright and savvy about social media.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 4
Rachel Notley
David J. Climenhaga | Premier Rachel Notley sees the fight for a pipeline as an existential necessity for her government, and for Alberta's economy and place in Canada. Prime Minister Trudeau needs to be listening.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 3
Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | Given the far-out social conservative beliefs of the front-runner in the race to lead the Alberta PCs, his slogan should really be "Forward to the Fifties with Jason Kenney!"
Blog - Alberta Diary September 30
Richard Starke
David J. Climenhaga | PC leadership candidate Richard Starke owns two cats and a Bernese Mountain Dog. It's not clear if this will win over cat people and dog people alike, or alienate them all.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 29
Photo: Mike/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Nobody had more warning of the extent and nature of the coming digital revolution than the Canadian newspaper industry, and they still blew their future to smithereens. Now they want your tax money.