One of Canada's most prominent columnists has resigned his post as the National Post's Editorials and Comment editor after a "professional disagreement."
Andrew Coyne tweeted the news Monday, explaining that he and Postmedia executives clashed over publishing a column he wrote on the same day the National Post released its federal election endorsement.
Many Postmedia papers — National Post included — have thrown their support behind Conservative Leader Stephen Harper.
Coyne's column read contrary to the paper's endorsement. He said executives thought publishing his column on the same day "would have confused readers and embarrassed the paper."
4. My view was that that was what I was paid to do as a columnist: give my honest opinion on issues of public interest.— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) October 19, 2015
5. I don’t see public disagreement as confusing. I see it as honest. Readers, in my view, are adults & understand that adults can disagree.— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) October 19, 2015
6. The confusion, if any, would have been to have left the impression that the paper’s views were mine, or that my views were the paper’s.— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) October 19, 2015
Coyne also clarified the paper's owners have the right to set the editorial tone of the paper, and to decide who or what they want to publish.
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