Andrew Coyne

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Andrew Coyne
Andrew Coyne, October 2016
James Andrew Coyne

(1960-12-23) December 23, 1960 (age 62)
Alma materUniversity of Manitoba
Trinity College, Toronto
London School of Economics
Occupation(s)Journalist, editor
RelativesJames 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 Globe and Mail 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 National Post.

Early life and education[edit]

Coyne was born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of Hope Meribeth Cameron (née Stobie) and James Elliott Coyne, who was governor of the Bank of Canada from 1955 to 1961.[2][3] 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.[4] Coyne studied at the University of Manitoba where he became the editor of The Manitoban student newspaper.[5][6] He also spent two years reporting for the Winnipeg Sun.[6] In 1981, Coyne transferred to the University of Toronto's Trinity College,[7] where his classmates included Jim Balsillie, Malcolm Gladwell, Tony Clement, Nigel Wright, Patricia Pearson, Atom Egoyan, and author and political strategist John Duffy.[8] He received a BA in economics and history from Trinity. Coyne then went to the London School of Economics, where he received his master's degree in economics.[6]


Andrew Coyne in 2006

After a six-year period as a Financial Post columnist from 1985 to 1991, Coyne joined The Globe and Mail's editorial board.[6] There, Coyne won two consecutive National Newspaper Awards for his work.[9] 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.[7]

Coyne became a columnist with the National Post – the successor to the Financial Post – when it launched in 1998.[10] Coyne left the Post in 2007 to work at Maclean's.[10]

Coyne left Maclean's in 2011 to return to the Post as a columnist.[10] In December 2014, he was appointed to the position of Editor, Editorials and Comment.[11] 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.[12][10] While Coyne was the head of the editorial board, the decision to endorse the Conservatives was made by the newspaper's publisher Paul Godfrey.[10] 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.[10][13]

Coyne has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, Saturday Night, the now-defunct Canadian edition of Time, and other publications.[6] Coyne has also written for the conservative magazine The Next City.[7]

Coyne has been a longtime member of the At Issue panel on CBC's The National,[5] where he appeared as early as 2012 in the day of Peter Mansbridge.[14] His role on the panel hosted by CBC Chief Political Correspondent Rosemary Barton has made him a household name appearing every Thursday evening alongside panelists Chantal Hébert and Althia Raj.

In November 2019, Coyne announced that he would henceforth be employed by The Globe and Mail.[15]

Coyne is a proponent of the Century Initiative, a proposal spearheaded by Dominic Barton to increase Canada's population to 100 million by 2100. He admits that this lofty goal might not increase Canada's standard of living. Nevertheless he supports it because it is ambitious and might result in more global clout for his home country.[16]



Honorary degrees
Location Date School Degree Gave Commencement Address
 Manitoba 31 May 2016 University of Manitoba Doctor of Laws (LL.D)[17] Yes


Location Date Institution Award
 Ontario 1994 Public Policy Forum Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism [18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Controversial Canadian; James Elliott Coyne". The New York Times. 5 July 1961.
  2. ^ a b Lumley, Elizabeth (2004). Canadian Who's Who 2004. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 287. ISBN 978-0-8020-8892-5.
  3. ^ "Ottawa Citizen - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Kelvin High School celebrates 100 years". CBC News. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b Schellenberg, Carlyn (29 December 2014). "For the students". The Manitoban. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e "U of M announces recipients of honorary degrees". Winnipeg Free Press. 27 April 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  7. ^ a b c Devoe Kim, Cheryl (9 June 1997). "Mighty Mouth". Ryerson Review of Journalism. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  8. ^ (subscription required) "Who is Nigel Wright, the man who bailed out Mike Duffy?". The Globe and Mail. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2021.
  9. ^ "National Newspaper Awards". Canadian Newspaper Association. Archived from the original on 8 February 2007. Retrieved 27 December 2006.
  10. ^ a b c d e f Bradshaw, James (19 October 2015). "Andrew Coyne exits editor role at National Post over endorsement". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  11. ^ "National Post Appoints Andrew Coyne Editor, Editorials and Comment (press release)". PostMedia. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  12. ^ Brown, Jesse. "Andrew Coyne v The National Post." Canadaland. 16 Oct. 2015. Web. 18 Oct. 2015. <>
  13. ^ "Andrew Coyne resigns as National Post comment editor after paper rejects election column". National Post. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  14. ^ Bowden, James (20 October 2012). ""In Vogue to Prorogue?" CBC's At-Issue Panel on Prorogation". Parliamentum. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  15. ^ Coyne, Andrew (6 November 2019). "Thread". Twitter.
  16. ^ Coyne, Andrew. "Andrew Coyne: Increased immigration is good for Canada — and the reasons aren't only economic". National Post.
  17. ^ "Honorary degree recipients recognized for innovation, philanthropy and enhancing well-being of Manitobans and Canadians". The University of Manitoba. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  18. ^ "Hyman Solomon Award | Journalism".

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