Sylvia Stead responds to readers’ questions about newspaper endorsements.

By Sylvia Stead, public editor of The Globe and Mail 

On Saturday, The Globe and Mail’s editorial board endorsed John Tory as the next mayor of Toronto.

That led to a few questions from readers about the endorsement that I will try to answer:

1. Why endorse anyone?

Every day the editorial board writes in favour of or against public policies. The board members’ job is to study the issues behind the news articles and make reasoned argument about where government and society should be headed. Many English-language newspapers do this to advocate for improvements they want to see and as a service to readers. At The Globe, as with other newspapers, the view expressed is that of the newspaper rather than the individual writers and the aim is to have a consistent voice for the paper.

2. Who makes the decision? The editor, the publisher or the editorial board?

The decision is ultimately up to the editor-in-chief. Editorial Page Editor Tony Keller and his staff report to the editor-in-chief.

3. Why did Marcus Gee, The Globe’s municipal columnist, praise Olivia Chowjust before the paper endorsed Mr. Tory?

“That’s so crazy, because there’s this other Globe article stating how Olivia Chow was the fiscally responsible candidate,” a reader said on Twitter.

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