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.
1.2 Sale to CanWest Global
1.3 21st century
2 2006 Iran controversy
3 Canadian Islamic Congress
5 Editorial positions in 2010s
6 Notable columnists
8 See also
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
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
empire, 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
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 Don Mills
The Post limited print distribution in
Atlantic Canada in 2006, part
of a trend that the
Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail and the
Toronto Star, Canada's
other two papers with inter-regional distribution, have all resorted
to. Print editions were removed from all Atlantic Canadian
newsstands except in Halifax as of 2007. Focussing further on its
online publishing, in 2008, the paper suspended weekday editions and
home delivery in
Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The reorientation
towards digital continued into its next decade.
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.
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 Chrétien.
However, the Post endorsed the
Conservative Party of Canada
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 English-language media centre in North America after New York
Los Angeles and 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
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 CanWest chain.
On October 28, 2011, The Post announced its first ever yearly
The paper now belongs to
Postmedia Network Canada Corp. which is a
Canadian media company headquartered in Toronto, 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 financially
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
See also: 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 outlet.
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 [CIC's] 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
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)
Terence Corcoran, FP Comment Editor
Andrew Coyne, Executive Producer, Comment & Editorial
Diane Francis, FP Editor-at-large
Jo-Anne MacDonald, National Editor
Jeff Wasserman, Photography and Multimedia Editor
The following are a list of past and present columnists for the
Father Raymond J. de Souza* Diane Francis
Larysa Harapyn - with
Financial Post section
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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^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-07. Retrieved
National Post to eliminate Monday print edition, Canadian Press, 19
Jun 2017. Retrieved on 28 Jun 2017
^ "Lifetime achievement award: Lucie Lacava – The Society for News
Design – SND".
^ "The Post was so Black and Whyte".
^ See, for example,
National Post issue of August 16, 2016.
^ a b "The newspaper war was fun while it lasted". The Globe and Mail,
August 25, 2001.
National Post limits Atlantic distribution". CBC News. March 29,
National Post limits Atlantic sales to Halifax". CBC News. August
National Post axes weekday edition in Manitoba, Saskatchewan". CBC
News. October 30, 2008.
National Post halts Monday edition during summer". newslab.ca, May
^ Wojtek Dabrowski (29 October 2009). "Canwest:
National Post could
close after Friday". Canadian Online Explorer. [permanent dead
^ Friend, David (October 30, 2009). "Will judge's
save the National Post?". Toronto: thestar.
^ Robertson, Grant (October 31, 2009). "No outside buyer, CanWest
shuffles National Post". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved Oct
^ Post toasts 13th birthday with first profit
Postmedia Network opens new era for newspaper chain", Financial
Post, 13 July 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
^ "Postmedia begins trading on TSX".
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-04. Retrieved
^ 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". National
Post (retrieved from Robert Fulford's website.
Jonathan Kay (2008-05-05). "
Jonathan Kay on the hate speech experts
at the Canadian Islamic Congress". National Post. [permanent dead
^ "Contact Us". National Post. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
^ "Columnists". National Post. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
Postmedia Network Announces the Sale of 1450
Don Mills Road in
Postmedia Network Inc".
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Video from Global
Ontario on the Post's September 2007
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