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Area of Expertise

Economy and politics

Patrick Brethour has written on economics, business and politics and business across the country for nearly three decades, including, most recently, his award-winning coverage of tax and fiscal policy.

Patrick has covered the rise and fall of the dot-coms, Alberta’s oil boom and the spectacle of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He was deputy editor of Report on Business, and then senior news editor, before heading to New Brunswick in 2014.

There, as editor in chief of Brunswick News, he led the organization to multiple national and regional journalism awards, including a Michener nomination for coverage of the deficiencies of New Brunswick's child-care system.

He returned to The Globe in 2017 as a senior news editor, moving to the tax and fiscal policy beat in 2019. As editorials editor, he is responsible for The Globe’s daily editorials – a key voice in the national debate.

Why did you become a journalist?

The goal of Globe and Mail editorials is simple: to promote, and sometimes provoke, vigorous debate. Too much of what passes for political debate in Canada is narrowly bounded by conventional wisdom, by those things that everyone knows but no one has ever bothered to prove. We like to step outside those boxes, and in doing so, give Globe readers something to think about. And, from time to time, even change their minds.


Years in Journalism


Years at The Globe and Mail


Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours), Wilfrid Laurier University

Honours & Awards

Michener Award nominee, National Newspaper Award nominee in politics and business reporting, National Magazine Award nominee and SABEW Canada, for a series on problems with Canada's pandemic wage subsidies

Languages spoken

English, French

Patrick Brethour abides by The Globe and Mail Editorial Code of Conduct

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