07/14/2015 14:46 EDT | Updated 07/14/2016 01:12 EDT

Tough times put end to B.C. cartoonist's work in Victoria newspaper

VICTORIA — A longtime British Columbia editorial cartoonist who made a career out of skewering politicians has become a victim of budget cuts after more than three decades at the same newspaper.

The Victoria Times Colonist says it no longer has the money to employ Adrian Raeside after 36 years.

Editor-in-chief Dave Obee calls Raeside one of the best newspaper cartoonists in Canada, among those still plying their craft in the dailies.

Obee says Raeside's cartoons have been a focal point of the Victoria paper's editorial page, but times are changing in a business that is seeking new readers and with less cash.

Raeside says he saw his days at the newspaper coming to an end when his cartoons went from six days a week to intermittent appearances.

He says hundreds of newspapers and magazines worldwide have carried his cartoons, including the Los Angeles Times and Newsweek Japan.


The Canadian Press