Alberta Politics: Today marks the 10th anniversary of – which presumably makes this blog an Internet institution!

PHOTOS: Part of the original header on this blog, back in its St. Albert Diary days, which ran from the last week of 2007 to mid-2009. The blog, of course, has continued under slightly different names to the present. Below: The first post, and my picture with Alberta’s two best premiers, in my opinion, since ... – Alberta Politics: Not many surprises in Alberta’s stay the course budget

There were few surprises when Finance Minister Joe Ceci stood to table the New Democratic Party’s third budget since forming government in 2015. What I expect were strategic leaks over the past week revealed some popular highlights included in the budget, giving the government some positive media in the days before the budget was released. ... – Alberta Politics: Powerful NDP fundraising machine, Kenney implodes the Tories, Liberals launch leadership campaign

The Alberta New Democratic Party raised more than the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties combined in the final quarter of 2016 and more than any other party over the entire year, according to financial disclosures published by Elections Alberta. The NDP… Continue Reading →

Alberta Politics: A Happy New Year to all – seriously, to all of you – as begins its 10th year of publication

PHOTOS: Some of the high points … This one was taken about the time I broke the story that Danielle Smith would be running for the leadership of the “upstart” Wildrose Party. Below: chats, and photos, with Ed Stelmach, Alison Redford, Jim Prentice and Rachel Notley. Dear Readers, On this day in 2007 I sat ... – Alberta Politics: Audreys Books Edmonton Best-Seller list to appear here and on

Elimination of local arts news coverage in Edmonton means the Audreys Books weekly bestseller list has found itself without a home. As a result, my colleague David Climenhaga at and I were delighted to offer Audreys Books and the Book Publishers… Continue Reading → – Alberta Politics: For Wildrose, “Mr. Wynne” Facebook comment was last straw for Derek Fildebrandt

A statement released late on Friday night announced that Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean had suspended Strathmore-Brooks MLA Derek Fildebrandt from the Official Opposition Caucus. As author David Climenhaga wrote on Friday night: “A screen shot of a Facebook message… Continue Reading → – Alberta Politics: Former AUPE president Dan MacLennan now an Alberta Liberal VP

The Alberta Liberal Party held its annual general meeting in Red Deer this weekend where the party elected its executive officers, including a name that will be familiar to government-watchers in Alberta. While many union leaders have lined up to… Continue Reading → – Alberta Politics: Exclusive: now available exclusively in print paper editions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2016 Edmonton – Marking the first complete Blog-to-Paper jump, is now available exclusively in paper form. “I am really excited about this new historic initiative,” said publisher and founder Dave Cournoyer. “I believe there is… Continue Reading →

Alberta Politics: Let sleeping overdogs lie: Nothing to see here folks, just move along, please!

PHOTOS: We’re closed. But not for long, OK? Don’t get antsy if your comments don’t appear immediately. Read Below: If you wondered what was going on in Alberta, now you know. “There’s nothing to see here folks, just move along…” It’s nice to know the Calgary Herald, fearless champion of the overdog, is still ...

Alberta Diary: This is the last post on Alberta Diary, sort of: Welcome to

Your blogger with Alberta Premier Jim Prentice. Your blogger with another Alberta premier, whose name escapes him at the moment, and with a former Alberta opposition leader. Maybe it’s evidence of the “seven year itch”? Leastways, it was seven years ago on Dec. 31, 2007, that I started this blog, promising commentary on politics, baseball ...

Alberta Diary: Author’s Note: Changes are coming to Alberta Diary, soon to be

Write hard. Live a long time. (Edited version.) Tattoo by Jason Edward Morgan, Bastrop, Texas. Round about the end of summer – Labour Day or thereabouts if God’s willin’ and the crick don’t rise – there are some significant changes coming to Alberta Diary. The biggest will be a change in the name of the ...