Alberta Politics

David Climenhaga is an award-winning journalist, author, post-secondary teacher, poet and trade union communicator who has worked in senior writing and editing positions at the Toronto Globe and Mail and Calgary Herald.

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Which is more distressing, the idiocy of our PM or the hypocrisy of our Opposition leader?
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Which is more distressing, the immaturity and sheer idiocy of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or the nauseating hypocrisy of Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer? One of them, sad to say, is still the most likely person to emerge as prime minister of Canada after Oct. 21. The former dressed up in blackf...
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Ecojustice throws down the gauntlet; Kenney, in New York, responds with bravado; stand by for legal action in 30 days
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The Ecojustice Canada Society threw down the gauntlet yesterday and the sound of it landing may well reverberate around the country. It was certainly heard here in Alberta. The respected Vancouver-based environmental litigation charity handed an ultimatum to Premier Jason Kenney’s “public inquiry...
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Where’s the crisis austerity is supposed to fix? Not necessarily in the numbers the government’s consultant crunched
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In the decade between 2008 and last year, the number of civil servants in Alberta on a per capita basis fell by 5 per cent. In the same period, Alberta’s population grew by almost 20 per cent. I know, I know, that isn’t what your heard. You certainly didn’t read it in a government press release! ...
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Jason Kenney’s fuming response to Amnesty International was not the adversaries’ first go-round
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Returned to power after four years, Alberta’s Conservative party is governing pretty much as you’d expect from a government that, as Talleyrand supposedly said of the restored House of Bourbon, has learned nothing and forgotten nothing. Consider the matter of the controversial letter from the hea...
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Guest Post by John Ashton: New approaches essential to counter Jason Kenney’s planned war on labour
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John Ashton has served as a staff member on 26 NDP campaigns. He is co-author with former Alberta NDP leader Ray Martin of “Made in Alberta: The Ray Martin Story.” In this guest post published while your blogger is at a conference, Mr. Ashton argues the report on Alberta’s fiscal situation by Jan...
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Sarcasm does not become a premier — especially as our placid boreal Dominion grows less gelid by the day
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Methinks the premier doth protest too much! What else can we say about Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s bizarre 2,330-word public letter yesterday to Alex Neve of Amnesty International Canada, attacking Mr. Neve, the organization he leads, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Russia, Iran, the Soviet Union, th...
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It’s tough to be a federal Liberal or a New Democrat in Alberta … especially during elections
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It’s always hard to be a federal Liberal in Alberta … especially during elections! (Ba-boom!) In the federal election Prime Minister Trudeau called yesterday, it’ll probably be just a little harder than usual. Here in Wild Rose Country, it’s usually pretty difficult to be a New Democrat too, subj...
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It’s Jason Kenney, not Amnesty International, who’s poking holes in Alberta’s claim we produce the most ‘ethical oil’
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s petulant response yesterday to Amnesty International’s scorching letter about the dangers represented by his United Conservative Party Government’s approach to defending the fossil fuel industry exposes a surprising lack of judgment for a former senior federal cabin...
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Eyes to the keyhole, ears to the wall! Alberta’s enviro-snitch line is now accepting emails
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There’s no longer any need to feel helpless if your kids think Greta Thunberg is cool, your neighbour tells you she’s not going to use Roundup on her dandelions anymore, or you think you’ve spotted a foreign-funded environmentalist cruising around your neighbourhood in a green Tesla. The House Un...
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Alberta’s perpetual fiscal crisis will never be fixed without revenue reform — so you might as well get used to it
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Even real conservatives, if such a species exists anymore, know something’s gone awry with Alberta’s fiscal setup and that part of the solution’s on the revenue side. The fact we’ve not faced up to this is why Alberta is so vulnerable to the unavoidable volatility of the fossil fuel market. Now o...
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