The January 11, 2007 front page of the Post
s magazine-style graphic and layout design has won awards.[clarification needed]
The original design of the Post
was created by Lucie Lacava, a design consultant based in Montreal.
now bears the motto "World's Best-Designed Newspaper" on its front page.
Sale to CanWest Global
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
Former National Post (and Postmedia) building at 1450 Don Mills Road in Don Mills
limited print distribution in Atlantic Canada
in 2006, part of a trend to which The Globe and Mail
and the Toronto Star
, Canada's other two papers with inter-regional distribution, have all resorted.
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
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 election campaign, David Asper appeared publicly several times to endorse the Conservatives.
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 would 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 Canwest chain.
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 Toronto
, consisting of the publishing properties of the former Canwest
, with primary operations in newspaper publishing, news gathering and Internet operations.
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 troubled 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
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.
Accusation of anti-Islam sentiment
From 1998 to 2014, the now defunct 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 at the 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."
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 (2014–2015)
- Diane Francis, FP Editor-at-large
- Jo-Anne MacDonald, National Editor
- Jeff Wasserman, Photography and Multimedia Editor
The following is a list of past and present columnists for the National Post
The National Post'
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.
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