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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Former PC leadership candidate Richard Starke to UCP Mothership: A PC I was elected and a PC I’ll remain!
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Photos: Vermilion-Lloydminster Progressive Conservative PC MLA and former Tory cabinet minister Richard Starke. (Photo from Dr. Starke’s Facebook page.) Below: Alberta conservative rivals and temporary co-leaders, Brian Jean and Jason Kenney (Photos: CBC); Wildrose House Leader and interim United...
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Wildrose and PC party members alike vote 95% in favour of Alberta conservative merger
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PHOTOS: Wildrose Leader Brian Jean, who says he will resign as Alberta Opposition leader to pursue the leadership of the United Conservative Party, creation of which endorsed by members of the Wildrose Party and the Progressive Conservative in a merger vote yesterday. Below: PC Leader Jason Kenne...
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Sounds of PINs dropping audible all over Alberta as Wildrose unity vote descends into farce
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PHOTOS: Wildrose Finance Critic Derek Fildebrandt and Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney in a chummy moment (grabbed from Facebook). Below: Wildrose Party President Jeff Callaway and Wildrose Leader Brian Jean (Photos: CBC). You could hear PINs dropping all over Alberta yesterday. With ...
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A wacky idea for getting more value from university administrators: pay them less and never mind competitiveness
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PHOTOS: Alberta Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt serving pancakes at yesterday morning’s Premier’s K-Days Breakfast on the south lawn of the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton. Below: Just to stick with the photographic theme, even though it has nothing to do with the story, Premier Rachel...
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Ami McKay’s The Witches of New York leads Audreys Books Edmonton Bestseller List this week
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Here is the list of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton for the week ended July 9, 2017, compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Books Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. The Witches of New York – Ami McKay 2. The Alice Network – Kate Qu...
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On Jason Kenney’s Progressive Conservative leadership victory: big money guys finish first (nice guys, not so much)
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PHOTOS: Tory volunteers and armed guards move cash into Jason Kenney’s campaign vault. Actual Progressive Conservative bag people and security measures may not appear exactly as illustrated. (Photo … dimly recalled when needed … University of Victoria Archives.) Below: Alberta Progressive Conserv...
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The race is on … unity voting starts tomorrow and UCP candidates are already at the clubhouse turn
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PHOTOS: The race is on and it looks like … “a dangerous leader.” (Old horseracing print with that title found on the Internet, artist unknown.) Below: Would-be United Conservative Party leaders Brian Jean, Jason Kenney, Doug Schweitzer and Derek Fildebrandt. Calling an effort to merge two large m...
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St. Albert native and former NDP candidate Michelle Mungall appointed as energy minister of British Columbia
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PHOTOS: St. Albert-born Michelle Mungall was appointed yesterday as British Columbia’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. (Photo: Michelle Mungall candidate website.) Below: B.C.’s NDP premier, John Horgan, who appointed her. ST. ALBERT, Alberta You could argue that it’s too bad f...
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Something useful for the premiers to talk about: the right’s perpetual myth making about equalization
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PHOTOS: Edmonton’s stately old Macdonald Hotel, named for the prime minister of the same name and site of Canada’s premiers’ annual summertime beanfest this week. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons.) Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Jake Wrigh...
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Jason Kenney’s Conservatives extend their registration deadline for unity vote
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PHOTOS: Yo, Jason! Voting so easy, you can phone it in from the Okanagan! Or not. Below: Progressive Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney and PC Referendum Committee Chair Casey DesChamp (Photo: LinkedIn). Jason Kenney’s Progressive Conservative Party told members yesterday it has extended the ...
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