National Post editor-in-chief will leave the company, effective Thursday, after 17 years with the newspaper. 

By Tamara Baluja, Associate Editor

National Post editor-in-chief Steve Meurice is leaving the company, effective Thursday, after 17 years with the newspaper.

In a memo, Gerry Nott, senior vice-president for the eastern region of Postmedia Network, said he will assume the editor-in-chief role until a permanent replacement is named.

“With his departure, we have lost a terrific editor, friend and colleague,” Nott said. “In his 17 years here, Steve has provided superior editorial leadership through often difficult times and helped make the National Post and Financial Post essential reads in print and digitally.” Nott declined to provide further comment to J-Source about Meurice’s departure.

National Post staff reacted with shock and many tweeted the announcement was a surprise.

Meurice is the second editor-in-chief of a major Canadian daily to leave his job this week. On Wednesday, John Stackhouse was replaced as editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail by CBC director of news content, David Walmsley.

Earlier this year, long-time Canadian Press editor-in-chief Scott White left the wire service to join Postmedia, Globe managing editor Elena Cherney joined the Wall Street Journal and Report on Business editor Derek DeCloet moved to Rogers Media. 

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Tamara Baluja is an award-winning journalist with CBC Vancouver and the 2018 Michener-Deacon fellow for journalism education. She was the associate editor for J-Source from 2013-2014.