The Globe's political endorsements

The Globe and Mail has endorsed political parties since its founding in 1844. We do it because we feel we have a role to play in society and that we have a responsibility to make a reasoned argument about where we think government and society should be headed. 
The Globe and Mail has almost always endorsed a candidate. We have endorsed Liberals (Pearson, Pierre Trudeau, Chretien, Martin) and Conservatives (Drew, Diefenbaker, Mulroney, Charest and Harper). We endorsed two candidates in the 2007 Ontario provincial election (Tory and McGuinty) and in 1940, during WWII, The Globe did not endorse anyone to eliminate partisanship. No matter who we endorse, there’s always a strong reaction from readers. 

Q:  Does The Globe share its political endorsement with the political parties before its published?

A:  Absolutely not, however, once it is published, we do share our endorsement as widely as possible with our readers via social media, our website, our newspaper and our apps.

Q:  Are reporters and/or columnists involved in the decision?

A:  No. Columnists are independent from The Globe’s editorial voice and are free to argue for or against any candidate or policy. The reporters on the other hand are concerned only with the collection and dissemination of facts.

Q:  Has The Globe ever endorsed The Green Party or the NDP?

A:  Not yet. However, The Globe has, in past editorials, supported various Green Party or NDP policies.

Q:  How does The Globe come to a decision regarding their endorsement?

A:  The Globe’s editorial board meets several times to have very wide-ranging discussions about the various policies and platforms. The editorial board then debates the choices and makes a recommendation to the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief can accept the editorial board’s recommendation or veto it.
Q:  How does The Globe ensure objectivity in its coverage?
A:  Our editorial code requires that The Globe maintains a reputation for “honesty, accuracy, objectivity and balance.”  During an election campaign, Public Editor Sylvia Stead and two other editors monitor how much news coverage and how many photos are devoted to various parties and leaders to ensure balance.

Q:  Is ownership of The Globe involved in the decision?
A:  No. The Globe’s ownership is absolutely committed to editorial independence and does not voice an opinion on the matter.

Q:  Why does The Globe allow political parties to advertise in the newspaper and online?
A:  All political parties have equal opportunity to book advertising in Globe and Mail properties, in the same manner as the rest of our advertising clients. The Liberal Party ran online advertising on globeandmail.com on September 18, 2015 , October 9 – 12 and October 15-16 and print advertising on October 10 and 17. The NDP Party ran online advertising on September 18, 2015. The Conservative Party has not booked any ads with The Globe and Mail. 
Q:  Is the Publisher of The Globe involved in the decision?
A:  The editor-in-chief will discuss the endorsement with the publisher. While the publisher could veto the decision, there is no record of the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher disagreeing.

Q:  Shouldn't a newspaper be objective and not take sides?
A:  We realize this is a confusing issue for readers. Above all, The Globe and Mail seeks to arm our readers with information, insight and analysis that will help them make their own decisions. To do this, we leverage various parts of our organization:

  • The editorial board represents The Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail stands for certain values. We believe we have a responsibility to share our opinions about matters of public import and we do this daily in our editorials.
  • The news pages represent the facts on the ground. Our news reporting team is solely concerned with the collection and dissemination of facts as they see them.
  • Our columnists, however, are independent from both the news reporting team and the editorial board. They’re free to argue for or against any candidate or policy and quite often have opinions that differ from those of our editorial board. 
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