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 and Uechi-ryu karate. It was called St. Albert Diary.

Well, I managed to deliver one of those promised topics. I think maybe I wrote about karate once or twice. Baseball? Not so much.

Eventually I changed the name to Alberta Diary, since I seemed to have less and less to say about St. Albert and more and more to say about provincial affairs, plus national politics where they intersected with Alberta.

Today this blog becomes – a new name and a new address on the Web. is a better name in every way – a domain that wasn’t available seven years ago, when it was still owned by the estimable Mark Lisac, who has since retired, a great loss to all followers of Alberta political issues.

Full posts will no longer be published here at For a few weeks, a summary will be published here, with a link to the new site at for the full post. Regular readers should update their links and notifications. Eventually, this site will disappear, and clicking on will take readers directly to Presumably, that way, I will continue to attract a few inaccurate typists looking for information on the Alberta dairy industry.

The Gmail address for correspondence will as a matter of practicality remain AlbertaDiary (at) gmail (dot) com, and I will continue to call the version of this blog Alberta Diary, just for the sake of elegant variety.

Other changes that take effect today include the obligatory site redesign – not merely to make the site prettier, but to make it fully “responsive” so that you can read it more easily on your cellular phone, whence nowadays comes an astonishing amount of reader traffic. Responsiveness should also improve the display of advertisements on the site.

Nothing much else will change. The opinions expressed here will remain my own. I do intend to publish guest posts from time to time, but they will be written by people I know personally who have opinions I believe are worth reading.

My opinions are also bound to shift from time to time as my thoughts about various topics evolve. I am too old a dog, however, to turn into a raging market fundamentalist – leastways, if I do, a 30-day psychiatric remand is definitely in order.

My posts shall, I sincerely hope, continue to entertain my readers, who have grown significantly in number over the past few years.

This blog now records about 10,000 page views a week, 40,000 a month. I would particularly like to thank former premier Alison Redford for those numbers, although lately Premier Jim Prentice and former opposition leader Danielle Smith also seem to have been doing their best to keep my readers engaged. I am grateful to both for their help as well. (This is sarcasm.)

My goal now is to double those numbers in the next year – a task that should be aided both by the changes at and the major political events inching ever closer to Alberta.

Welcome to!

Oh, and Happy New Year!

David J. Climenhaga


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  1. So one has to register a user account at ‘’ in order to post comments on ‘’?

    1. I am working on a fix for this. As I recall, I had the same problem with this WordPress site when I set it up. I think it’s just a matter of fin ding the right setting. I want it to be easy to comment – although I moderate comments and delete those I deem to be inappropriate for whatever reason, most often because they are advertising spam.

  2. Alberta is an assault on our democracy. This is one more reason not to trust Alberta, with their underhanded tactics. Alberta is a disgrace to this country. Canada is a disgrace and rotten to the core with corruption.

  3. Dave, I think your TFW employees are refusing to shovel bitumen into your albertapolitics web engine, since it appears to be no longer accessible. Or maybe they have unionized and are participating in a province wide sit-down strike in Alberta’s Tim Hortons?

  4. ‘’ now directs me to another website, different from the one of yesterday. IP address problem or virtual server naming issue?

    I got the ‘whois’ DNS info from ‘’ for your info, if that might be of any help. … ‘’ is a decent Canadian registrar who provide excellent support (I am not affiliated with webnames in any commercial way except as a volunteer parent webmaster customer for a regional kids sports club).

    DAVID HERE: Thanks for this, Anonymous. This is the IT guy for the previous owner, the estimable Mark Lisac. The records were changed with the hosting service but, by the look of it, someone kept the old info on hand too, and likely old ISP numbers too. Why things worked fine for a while, and then didn’t, is a mystery to us at this end. If it’s not resolved today, I’ll change web hosting companies. I had similar problems before with these guys that resulted in a service distruption of a couple of days. In the mean time, as you know, when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping, so I’m going shopping…

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