Andrew Coyne

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Andrew Coyne
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Andrew Coyne, May 15, 2006
Born James Andrew Coyne
(1960-12-23) December 23, 1960 (age 57)
Ottawa, Ontario
Alma mater University of Manitoba
Trinity College, Toronto
London School of Economics
Occupation Journalist, editor
Relatives James Elliott Coyne, father
Susan Coyne, sister
Deborah Coyne, cousin
James Henry Coyne, great-grandfather

James Andrew Coyne[1] (born December 23, 1960)[2] is a Canadian columnist with the National Post[3] and a member of the At Issue panel on CBC's The National. Previously, he has been national editor for Maclean's and a columnist with the Globe and Mail.[4]

Early life and education

Coyne was born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of Hope Meribeth Cameron (née Stobie) and James Coyne, who was governor of the Bank of Canada from 1955 to 1961.[2][5] His paternal great-grandfather was historian and lawyer James Henry Coyne. His sister is actress Susan Coyne. He is also the cousin of constitutional lawyer Deborah Coyne, who is the mother of Pierre Trudeau's youngest child.

Coyne graduated from Kelvin High School in Winnipeg.[6] Coyne studied at the University of Manitoba where he was editor of The Manitoban and worked as a reporter for two summers at the newly launched Winnipeg Sun[citation needed] before transferring to the University of Toronto's Trinity College, where his classmates included Jim Balsillie, Malcolm Gladwell, Tony Clement, Nigel Wright, Patricia Pearson, Atom Egoyan, and author and political strategist John Duffy.[7] He received a BA in economics and history from Trinity, then received his master's degree in economics from the London School of Economics.


After a stint as a columnist for the Financial Post from 1985 to 1991, Coyne joined the editorial board of The Globe and Mail. While at the Globe, Coyne won two consecutive National Newspaper Awards for editorial writing in 1991 and 1992.[8] He had a regular column in the Globe between 1994 and 1996, when he joined Southam News (later CanWest News Service) as a nationally syndicated columnist.

When the National Post—the successor to the Financial Post—launched in 1998, Coyne became the paper's national affairs columnist.[3]

On October 30, 2007, Coyne was named national editor of Maclean's; he also announced was his departure from the National Post. As part of his role as national editor, Coyne lent a guiding hand to the editorial board in regard to national coverage, blogged and wrote regular columns as well as occasional longer pieces.[citation needed]

Coyne left Maclean's in 2011 to return to the Post as the paper's national columnist. In December 2014, he was appointed to the position of Editor, Editorials and Comment.[9] After years of writing a weekly Saturday column, Coyne's contribution was absent from the edition published just prior to the 2015 Canadian federal election, because the column he wanted to submit called for a vote against the Conservative Party of Canada while the Post's editorial board had endorsed the Conservatives.[10][3] While Coyne was the head of the editorial board, the decision to endorse the Conservatives was made the newspaper's publisher Paul Godfrey.[3] On election day, Coyne announced that as a result of the paper refusing to run his election column, he was resigning as the Post's editorial page and comment editor but would remain as a columnist.[11][3]

His work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, Saturday Night, the Canadian edition of Time, and other publications.[citation needed]


Coyne has said that he considers the political labels "left" and "right" to be "tribes" of "self-quarantine."[12] He has endorsed a strong federal government,[13] more market based economic solutions,[14] and a stronger role for Canada in the War on Terror.[15] Coyne is also a proponent of proportional representation in Canada's House of Commons[16] and believes Canada should remain a constitutional monarchy rather than become a republic.[17]

See also


  1. "Controversial Canadian; James Elliott Coyne". The New York Times. 1961-07-05. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lumley, Elizabeth (2004). Canadian Who's Who 2004. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 287. ISBN 0-8020-8892-9. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Bradshaw, James (19 October 2015). "Andrew Coyne exits editor role at National Post over endorsement". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  4. Devoe Kim, Cheryl. "Mighty Mouth". Ryerson Review of Journalism. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  5. [1]
  6. "Kelvin High School celebrates 100 years". CBC News. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  7. (subscription required) "Who is Nigel Wright, the man who bailed out Mike Duffy?". The Globe and Mail. May 19, 2013. 
  8. "National Newspaper Awards". Canadian Newspaper Association. 
  9. "National Post Appoints Andrew Coyne Editor, Editorials and Comment (press release)". PostMedia. December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  10. Brown, Jesse. "Andrew Coyne v The National Post." CANADALAND. 16 Oct. 2015. Web. 18 Oct. 2015. <>
  11. "Andrew Coyne resigns as National Post comment editor after paper rejects election column". National Post. October 19, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  12. Coyne, Andrew (2002-08-26). "'I read you, but ...'". 
  13. Coyne, Andrew. "There was a time". 
  14. Coyne, Andrew (2006-11-25). "Fiscal conservatism, then and now". National Post. 
  15. Coyne, Andrew (2003-03-19). "PM's decision means moral free ride is over". 
  16. Coyne, Andrew (2005-02-23). "PR: as simple as one person, one vote". 
  17. Coyne, Andrew (2011-07-08). "We’re all in the royal family". Macleans Magazine. 

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