Canada’s Irving family is one of the richest in the world, owning more land than anyone except the British royals and the Catholic church; they also own virtually all the media in New Brunswick, as well as the industries that those newspapers cover, and they augment their media control over the public discourse with a ruthless approach to their critics.
The Irvings are in the news today due to their role in a massive Canadian scandal that many believe could cost Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party its chance at re-election in October.
Now, the Irvings’ newspapers have all canceled Micheal de Adder’s editorial strip, after the New Brunswick native drew a comic featuring Donald Trump playing golf over the corpses of Salvadoran asylum-seekers Oscar Alberto Martinez and his two year old daughter, Angie Valeria M, whose bodies were photographed after they washed up on the shores of the Rio Grande.
According to de Adder, none of the Irvings’ Brunswick News Inc outlets ran the strip.
De Adder is Canada’s most-read cartoonist.
De Adder wrote that despite his sorrow at being cut from the papers in his home province, “I’m not a victim. I just finished a book, that will be out in September and I still freelance for some amazing newspapers. It’s a setback not a deathblow.”
In a statement, President Wes Tyrell of the Association of Canadian Cartoonists wrote, “The Irvings have considerable corporate interests in the United States, but why would they care about cartoons potentially offending the American president? …It’s simple really, J.D. Irving, Limited is not only a privately owned conglomerate headquartered in New Brunswick, its also an international behemoth with global reach. Trade has been an issue since Trump took office, trade that affects the Irvings directly, not to mention a host of other issues. And the President himself is an unknown quantity who punishes those who appear to oppose him…A solid reason why an oil company has no business owning newspapers.”
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