The NATIONAL POST is a Canadian English-language newspaper. The paper
is the flagship publication of
Postmedia Network , and is published
Tuesdays through Saturdays. It was founded in 1998 by
Conrad Black .
Once distributed nationally, it later began publishing a daily edition
in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia,
with only its weekend edition available in
Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
As of 2006, the Post is no longer distributed in Canada's Atlantic
provinces and the territories. As of 2017, the Post is no longer a
daily newspaper, publishing on a reduced schedule and transitioning
subcribers to electronic delivery .
* 1 History
* 1.1 Origins
* 1.2 Sale to CanWest Global
* 1.3 21st century
* 2 2006 Iran controversy
Canadian Islamic Congress
Canadian Islamic Congress
* 3.1 Response from the
* 4 Editors-in-chief
* 5 Editorial positions in 2010s
* 6 Columnists
* 7 Operations
* 8 See also
* 9 Notes
* 10 External links
The January 11, 2007 front page of the Post
Black built the
National Post around the
Financial Post , a financial
Toronto which he purchased from
Sun Media in 1997.
Financial Post was retained as the name of the new newspaper's
Outside Toronto, the Post was built on the printing and distribution
infrastructure of Black's national newspaper chain, formerly called
Southam Newspapers , that included the newspapers
Ottawa Citizen ,
Montreal Gazette ,
Edmonton Journal ,
Calgary Herald , and Vancouver
Sun . The Post became Black's national flagship title, and Ken Whyte
was appointed editor.
Beyond his political vision, Black attempted to compete directly with
Kenneth Thomson 's media empire led in Canada by
The Globe and Mail ,
which Black and many others perceived as the platform of the Liberal
When the Post launched, its editorial stance was conservative . It
advocated a "unite-the-right" movement to create a viable alternative
to the Liberal government of
Jean Chrétien , and supported the
Canadian Alliance . The Post's op-ed page has included dissenting
columns by ideological liberals such as
Linda McQuaig , as well as
Mark Steyn and
Diane Francis , and David Frum
. Original members of the Post editorial board included
Ezra Levant ,
Neil Seeman ,
Jonathan Kay , Conservative Member of Parliament John
Williamson and the author/historian Alexander Rose.
The Post's magazine-style graphic and layout design has won awards.
The original design of the Post was created by Lucie Lacava, a design
consultant based in Montreal. The Post now bears the motto "World's
Best-Designed Newspaper" on its front page.
SALE TO CANWEST GLOBAL
The Post was unable to maintain momentum in the market without
continuing to operate with annual budgetary deficits. At the same
Conrad Black was becoming preoccupied by his debt-heavy media
Hollinger International . Black divested his Canadian media
holdings, and sold the Post to
CanWest Global Communications Corp ,
controlled by Israel "Izzy" Asper , in two stages – 50% in 2000,
along with the entire
Southam newspaper chain, and the remaining 50%
in 2001. CanWest Global also owned the
Global Television Network
Global Television Network .
Izzy Asper died in October 2003, and his sons Leonard and David Asper
assumed control of CanWest, the latter serving as chairman of the
Post. Editor-in-chief Matthew Fraser departed in 2005 after the
arrival of a new publisher, Les Pyette – the paper's seventh
publisher in seven years. Fraser's deputy editor, Doug Kelly succeeded
him as editor. Pyette departed seven months after his arrival,
replaced by Gordon Fisher .
National Post (and Postmedia) building in
The Post effectively abandoned its claim as a national newspaper in
2006 as print subscriptions were dropped in
Atlantic Canada and then
print editions were removed from all Atlantic Canadian newsstands
except in Halifax as of 2007. The newspaper continued its erosion in
2008 with the announcement that weekday editions and home delivery
would no longer be available in the provinces of
Politically, the Post has retained a conservative editorial stance
although the Asper family has long been a strong supporter of the
Liberal Party of Canada
Liberal Party of Canada .
Izzy Asper was once leader of the Liberal
Party in his home province of
Manitoba . The Aspers had
controversially fired the publisher of the
Ottawa Citizen , Russell
Mills, for calling for the resignation of Liberal prime minister Jean
However, the Post endorsed the
Conservative Party of Canada in the
2004 election when Fraser was editor. The Conservatives narrowly lost
that election to the Liberals. After the election, the Post surprised
many of its conservative readers by shifting its support to the
victorious Liberal government of prime minister
Paul Martin , and was
highly critical of the Conservatives and their leader, Stephen Harper
. The paper switched camps again in the runup to the 2006 election (in
which the Conservatives won a minority government). During the
David Asper appeared publicly several times to
endorse the Conservatives.
Like its competitor
The Globe and Mail , the Post publishes a
separate edition in
Toronto , Ontario, Canada's largest city and the
fourth largest media centre in North America after
New York City
New York City , Los
Chicago . The
Toronto edition includes additional local
content not published in the edition distributed to the rest of
Canada, and is printed at the
Toronto Star Press Centre in Vaughan .
On September 27, 2007, the Post unveiled a major redesign of its
appearance. Guided by Gayle Grin, the Post's managing editor of design
and graphics, the redesign features a standardization in the size of
typeface and the number of typefaces used, cleaner font for charts and
graphs, and the move of the nameplate banner from the top to the left
side of Page 1 as well as each section's front page.
In 2009, the paper announced that as a temporary cost-cutting
measure, it will not print a Monday edition from July to September
2009. On October 29, 2009,
Canwest Global announced that due to a
lack of funding, The
National Post might close down as of October 30,
2009, subject to moving the paper to a new holding company. Late on
October 29, 2009,
Ontario Superior Court Justice
Sarah Pepall ruled in
Canwest's favour and allowed the paper to move into a holding company.
Investment bankers hired by CanWest received no offers when they
tried to sell the
National Post earlier that year. Without a buyer
closing the paper was studied, but the costs were greater than gains
from liquidating assets. The lawyer for CanWest, in arguing to Justice
Pepall, said the
National Post added value to other papers in the
On October 28, 2011, The Post announced its first ever yearly profit.
The paper now belongs to
Postmedia Network Canada Corp. which is a
Canadian media company headquartered in
Ontario , consisting
of the publishing properties of the former
Canwest , with primary
operations in newspaper publishing, news gathering and Internet
The ownership group was assembled by
National Post CEO Paul Godfrey
in 2010 to bid for the chain of newspapers being sold by the
Canwest (the company's broadcasting assets were
sold separately to
Shaw Communications ). Godfrey secured financial
backing from U.S. private-equity firm Golden Tree Asset Management as
well as other investors. The group completed a $1.1 billion
transaction to acquire the chain from
Canwest on July 13, 2010. The
new company has over 5,500 employees. The company's shares were
listed on the
Toronto Stock Exchange in 2011.
2006 IRAN CONTROVERSY
2006 Iranian sumptuary law
On May 19, 2006, the newspaper ran two pieces alleging that the
Iranian parliament had passed a law requiring religious minorities to
wear special identifying badges. One piece was a front page news item
titled "IRAN EYES BADGES FOR JEWS" accompanied by a 1935 picture of
two Jews bearing
Nazi -ordered yellow badges . Later on the same day,
experts began coming forward to deny the accuracy of the Post story.
The story proved to be false, but not before it had been picked up by
a variety of other news media and generated comment from world
leaders. Comments on the story by the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper caused Iran to summon Canada's ambassador to Tehran, Gordon E.
Venner , for an explanation.
On May 24, 2006, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, Doug Kelly ,
published an apology for the story on Page 2, admitting that it was
false and the
National Post had not exercised enough caution or
checked enough sources.
CANADIAN ISLAMIC CONGRESS
From 1998 to 2014, the now defunct
Canadian Islamic Congress
Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC)
had been actively monitoring media coverage for anti-Muslim or
anti-Islam sentiment and had issued reports highlighting its findings.
It had opposed the use of phrases such as "Islamic guerrillas,"
"Islamic insurgency" and "Muslim militants" saying that terms like
"militant" or "terrorist" should be used without a religious
association "since no religion teaches or endorses terrorism,
militancy or extremism." The Congress had singled out the National
Post, saying the paper "consistently is No. 1" as an anti-Islam media
RESPONSE FROM THE NATIONAL POST
A number of writers for the
National Post have subsequently
criticized the CIC over accusations that the newspaper is anti-Islam.
Alexander Rose , wrote that "judging by its support for the Durban
Conference , during which hook-nosed Jews were equated with apartheid
and genocide, the CIC doesn't seem to have problems with some kinds of
truly inflammatory racist language" and that the CIC's "fetish for
censorship in the interest of "social harmony", as the CIC puts it,
reeks of the very authoritarianism oppressing Muslims in Egypt, Iraq,
Iran, and Saudi Arabia." In addition, Rose stated that "By editing out
bad language, it seems, the CIC believes that correct thoughts will
result, even at the necessary expense of reporting the truth." Robert
Fulford wrote that the CIC "justifies its existence mainly by
complaining about acts of prejudice that haven't happened" and that
"it's ridiculous to suggest that we avoid the subject of religion when
crimes are committed in the name of that religion by men and women
considered part of it", while
Jonathan Kay wrote that "the folks at
Canadian Islamic Congress
Canadian Islamic Congress purport to be the arbiters of what can
and can't be said in this country" and that CIC President Elmasry is
"the country's self-appointed judge of all that is hateful."
Kenneth Whyte , 1998–2003
* Matthew Fraser , 2003–2005
* Doug Kelly , 2005–2010
* Stephen Meurice , 2010–2014
* Anne Marie Owens, 2014–
EDITORIAL POSITIONS IN 2010S
* Anne Marie Owens , Editor-in-Chief
* Nicole MacAdam, Executive Producer, Financial Post
* Jonathan Kay, Managing Editor, Comment (1998–2014)
* Dustin Parkes, Executive Producer, Features
* Gayle Grin, Managing Editor, Design and Graphics
* Tim Rostron, Arts Editor (1998–2003)
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* Patrick Allossery
* Bruce Arthur
* David Booth
* Kelvin Browne
* Jonathan Chevreau
* Claudia Cattaneo
* Barry Critchley
* Robert Cushman
Raymond J. de Souza
* Graeme Fletcher
* Peter Foster
* Robert Fulford
* Jamie Golombek
* Shinan Govani
* William Hanley
* Brian Hutchinson
* Chris Knight
* Peter Kuitenbrouwer
* Howard Levitt
* Kevin Libin
* Garry Marr
* Kelly McParland
* Steve Murray
* Christopher G. Nardi
* John O\'Sullivan
* Amy Rosen
* Chris Selley
* Marni Soupcoff
* Rick Spence
* Bonnie Stern
* Theresa Tedesco
* William Watson
* Brett Wilson
NP's main office is at 365 Bloor Street East in
Toronto . It was
formerly located at 1450
Don Mills Road in the
Don Mills neighbourhood
of Toronto, which was vacated in 2012.
NP does not own their own press, the newspaper was printed at the
Toronto Star Press Centre in Vaughan,
Ontario until the Star closed
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* ^ "The Post was so Black and Whyte".
* ^ See, for example,
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* ^ "
National Post limits Atlantic distribution". CBC News. March
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National Post limits Atlantic sales to Halifax". CBC News.
August 9, 2007.
* ^ "
National Post axes weekday edition in Manitoba, Saskatchewan".
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* ^ "
National Post halts Monday edition during summer". newslab.ca,
May 3, 2009.
* ^ Wojtek Dabrowski (29 October 2009). "Canwest: National Post
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* ^ "
Postmedia Network opens new era for newspaper chain",
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* ^ "Postmedia begins trading on TSX".
* ^ Hess, Henry, "Media's portrayal of Islam criticized", Globe and
Mail, September 24, 1998
* ^ Petricevic, Mirko, "When religion's in the news; Faith groups
often voice outrage about unfair media reports, so scholars are trying
to determine if the complaints are valid", Kitchener-Waterloo Record,
August 25, 2007.
* ^ Alexander Rose (2001-12-12). "Islamist Purging". National Post
(retrieved from the National Review Online (NRO). Archived from the
original on March 16, 2005.
* ^ Robert Fulford (2005-07-08). "Elmasry\'s fantasy outrage".
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Jonathan Kay (2008-05-05). "
Jonathan Kay on the hate speech
experts at the Canadian Islamic Congress". National Post.
* ^ "Contact Us". National Post. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
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