Published: Tue, July 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Canadian cartoonist loses job after illustration of Trump went viral

Canadian cartoonist loses job after illustration of Trump went viral

A political cartoonist in Canada was sacked from a freelance job after he drew a cartoon showing President Donald Trump playing golf over the bodies of two migrants who died in the Rio Grande River.

"It is entirely incorrect to suggest Brunswick News Inc. cancelled its freelance contract with cartoonist Michael de Adder due to a cartoon depicting Donald Trump now circulating on social media", the statement said.

The scene shows an impassive Donald Trump with his golf cart standing in front of the lifeless bodies of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria, two migrants who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande river. They both drowned last week in the Rio Grande while attempting to cross the Mexico-US border. "And the President himself is an unknown quantity who punishes other folks who appear to oppose him". But the Brunswick News said Sunday in a statement that its cancellation of de Adder's contract was not because of the President Donald Trump cartoon, but rather follows weeks of negotiations over bringing back another cartoonist, "reader favourite" Greg Perry.

"It was just so quick", de Adder told CTV National News on Monday.

In another tweet, he linked the decision to the fact that New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs is a former executive of Irving Oil - and the Irving family has a virtual monopoly on media in the province.

'The highs and lows of cartooning. "Michael de Adder has drawn many well-documented cartoons on Trump, they have however, systematically never been seen in the NB papers".

Brunswick News Inc., the media company that owns those three outlets, denied on Sunday that it had ended its contract with de Adder over the cartoon.

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"And Donald Trump doesn't even matter".

Wes Tyrell, President of the Affiliation of Canadian Cartoonists, claimed de Adder was once fired after 17 years with Brunswick News Inc. due to Donald Trump was once a "taboo enviornment" for the firm.

It immediately went viral - but the next day, he was informed his contract with four Canadian publications - the Moncton Times Transcript, Fredericton Daily Gleaner, Telegraph-Journal and Telegraph Journal Saint John - was terminated. "For lumber, BNI was once no longer even supplied this caricature by Adder".

De Adder's firing comes just weeks after the New York Times announced they would be cutting all political cartoons from the newspaper. "I'm a New Brunswicker", de Adder said on Twitter. "Trade has been an issue since Trump took office, trade that affects the Irvings directly", Tyrell wrote, adding, "not to mention a host of other issues. I wanted to do my job as an editorial cartoonist, and they wanted me to do their job", Michael de Adder stated in a series of tweets.

In a statement published to Twitter, New Brunswick newspaper the Telegraph-Journal called the allegations "a false narrative".

In an emailed statement from the Ottawa Hill Times, editor Kate Malloy said the paper will continue to work with de Adder "for many years to come".

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