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Alberta Diary: Be there or be square: When pride goes mainstream, is just being there enough?

Riders from the Gay Rodeo welcome Edmontonians to the New West yesterday! Scenes from Edmonton’s Pride Parade below: Alberta Premier Dave Hancock, left, and Edmonton City Councillor Scott McKeen, right, with a parade participant; Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson on his bicycle with his kids; a couple of parade participants trying to sell underwear; . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Be there or be square: When pride goes mainstream, is just being there enough?

Alberta Diary: Pride flags over Alberta: for real, or a cynical commitment of convenience that’s a mile wide and an inch deep?

A rainbow banner flies alongside the city, Alberta and Canadian flags at the city hall of St. Albert, Alberta, last weekend. Below: A really great pride banner spotted during a recent Pride Week in Vancouver.

Fourteen years ago, the Alberta provincial government led by Progressive Conservative premier Ralph Klein was convulsed with . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Pride flags over Alberta: for real, or a cynical commitment of convenience that’s a mile wide and an inch deep?

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Wedge politics, not religious freedom, behind Danielle Smith’s refusal to apologize

Police officers walk in Saturday’s Pride Parade. Below: Danielle Smith, Alan Hunsperger.

Since she won’t apologize for remarks made by one of her candidates during the recent election campaign that many Albertans thought were offensive and anti-gay, Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith found herself trapped this week between a rock and a hard place.The . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Wedge politics, not religious freedom, behind Danielle Smith’s refusal to apologize

Alberta Diary: Wedge politics, not religious freedom, behind Danielle Smith’s refusal to apologize

Police officers walk in Saturday’s Pride Parade. Below: Danielle Smith, Alan Hunsperger.

Since she won’t apologize for remarks made by one of her candidates during the recent election campaign that many Albertans thought were offensive and anti-gay, Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith found herself trapped this week between a rock and a hard place.The . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Wedge politics, not religious freedom, behind Danielle Smith’s refusal to apologize

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Alison Redford AWOL? Not so says the Premier’s Office

Members of the premier’s communications team in action … not really! Professional government communicators may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: More scenes from Saturday’s Pride Parade.

The statement in this morning’s Alberta Diary post that Alberta Premier Alison Redford was absent without leave from yesterday’s Edmonton Pride Parade has provoked a response right . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Alison Redford AWOL? Not so says the Premier’s Office

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Alison Redford opens Edmonton Pride Festival – but goes AWOL from parade

Your blogger, with Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman. Where were the PCs? Below: Some of the throng in Churchill Square, NDP MLAs David Eggen, Rachel Notley and Deron Bilous, Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman.

Edmonton’s Pride Parade yesterday can only be described as a massive success, proof of the assertion real Albertans don’t care a . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Alison Redford opens Edmonton Pride Festival – but goes AWOL from parade

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Pride Festival’s political participants a positive sign of the times

Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith is imagined being welcomed to Saturday’s Edmonton Pride Festival as Premier Alison Redford and Deputy Premier Tom Lukaszuk, at left, look on. In the event, Alberta political leaders may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: former politician Doug Elniski, cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead and so-con MP Stephen Woodworth.

It’s a . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Pride Festival’s political participants a positive sign of the times