Ed Finn: A Journalist's Life on the Left

November 21, 2013

Born in Spaniard's Bay, Newfoundland, in 1926, Ed Finn grew up in Corner Brook, where he later became first a printer's apprentice, then a reporter, columnist, and editor of that city's daily newspaper, the Western Star.

His long career as a journalist later included two years as a reporter with the Montreal Gazette and 14 years as a labour relations columnist for the Toronto Star.

During his four-year fling in politics in Newfoundland (1959-1962), he served as the first provincial leader of the NDP and ran as an NDP candidate in two provincial and two federal elections. He worked closely with Tommy Douglas for some years and helped defend and promote his pioneering Medicare legislation in Saskatchewan.

Throughout the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, he did communications work for labour unions, including the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and served for three years on the board of directors of the Bank of Canada. 

Ed’s 70-plus years in journalism culminated with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, where he has been editor of the monthly CCPA Monitor journal since 1994.

"To some extent," he writes in the Preface of these memoirs, "my account of all these experiences may prove readable."