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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B.C. Appeal Court’s Trans Mountain ruling may not be quite the slam-dunk Alberta thinks it is
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The unanimous ruling Friday by the British Columbia Court of Appeal that the B.C. Government does not have the constitutional authority to control what goes inside the federally regulated Trans Mountain Pipeline is being hailed as a great victory in Alberta. Church bells didn’t actually ring on F...
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Quebec premier vows drive to slash oil use; Alberta premier calls climate worry ‘flavour of the month’
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Over the weekend, Quebec Premier François Legault vowed to implement an ambitious electrification drive that would reduce the province’s use of oil by 40 per cent by 2030, which in case you’re not counting happens to be in only 11 years. Quebec will electrify transportation systems, buildings and...
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What should we make of the post-election Edmonton Journal editorial urging the UCP to keep the carbon tax?
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I suppose we should never attribute to mischief what can be explained by incompetence, but what else are we to make of the Edmonton Journal’s earnest editorial yesterday urging Alberta Premier Jason Kenney not to pull the plug on the carbon tax? “Killing the provincial carbon tax is one political...
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Rescue in the Rockies by Edmonton’s Rita Feutl tops Audreys Books’ fiction bestseller list
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Here are the lists of the top 10 fiction and non-fiction titles sold in Edmonton during the week ended May 19, 2019. The lists are compiled by Audreys Books and provided by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. EDMONTON FICTION BESTSELLERS 1. Rescue in the Rockies – Rita Feutl * 2. Bo...
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Jason Kenney fiddles (with climate policy) while Alberta burns
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It is an irony, though not a particularly satisfying one to observe, that while Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party Government moves swiftly to repeal Alberta’s carbon tax, the province is aflame, with more than 5,000 Albertans required to leave homes and communities in imminent dang...
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Crib notes: Understanding yesterday’s United Conservative Party Throne Speech
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As the documents that lay out the government’s policy agenda for the next couple of years, Throne Speeches are by nature tendentious. In the service of making what is a curse to many citizens appear to be a blessing they tend to be faintly Orwellian as well. That is, they often say the opposite o...
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Nathan Cooper chosen as Legislative Speaker – so how about those early mornings?
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Now that Nathan Cooper has been chosen as Speaker of the Alberta Legislature, I wonder if the business of the Assembly will be getting under way at a more civilized hour, say 10 a.m., suitable for bankers, gentlemen of leisure, and elected Conservatives? Mr. Cooper, United Conservative Party MLA ...
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On the streets of Edmonton with Dale the Street Preacher: ‘It’s really tough’
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Dale the Street Preacher is doing the Lord’s work. We can acknowledge this, even if we don’t share his idea of whom the lord is, or accept his view about what’s going to happen when we die. In addition to standing on a soapbox containing an electronic amplifier and preaching a rather strident ver...
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Keep your eyes on the story of Jason Kenney’s ‘War Room’ – it’s going to be a boondoggle!
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The discovery last week Postmedia was trying to cash in on Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s promised $30-million anti-environmental “war room” at the same time it has its hand out to Ottawa for a federal bailout has rather surprisingly turned out to be a story with legs. The irony of a down-on-its-...
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Postmedia bid for role in UCP ‘war room’ illustrates the folly of Trudeau’s lifeline for failing newspapers
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Connect the dots, Mr. Prime Minister! That newspaper industry bailout package you’re foolishly planning in the name of preserving democracy is principally designed to keep a corporation afloat that will do anything, no matter how unethical, to destroy your government. If you want proof, look no f...
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