Your excellencies, distinguished guests, fellow nominees.
I think we all feel tonight in the company of people who are here that we are accomplishing the very clear targeted arenas we need to achieve based on what His Excellency and what I think was pretty profound language in his opening comments.
He talked about – we may be a cynical industry but those who achieve the best are the least cynical. We have to believe, we have to have hope and it’s the currency that we have to deal in.
And I don’t think any of the nominees tonight would disagree with that.
Our goal is fundamentally simple. And it has been a problem in our industry over the last number of years where journalists and editorial departments have allied economic disruption of our industry to be an excuse not to do the best journalism we can. We must all change that and ensure the standards we see tonight become a more consistent prevalent force in the newsrooms of the country,
We need to do it, we need to show our best because nobody else will do it for us.
The fourth estate has a key role to play in this country, in particular as the chaos in the economy and political dysfunction continues.
For me personally there are a number of people I must thank. and it begins at the top.
To do brave journalism that is independent and has clear sight, and curries no favour requires strong ownership. And in the Thomson family we have that.
It is my distinct pleasure tonight to acknowledge Philip Crawley my publisher who is here this evening. Who is a guy who will look you in the eye and tell you that he was right. Carry on. Just do it. And that clarity means the buck stops with me and as an editor-in-chief there’s nothing more simple and more magnificent than the simplicity of that contract.
There are others as well. People not so familiar to you. Steven Raines, a Philadelphia lawyer. His father helped thalidomide survivors of Canada many years ago and who brought the story to our attention. Mr. Harold Evans who acted as a moral leader throughout.
Internally within the Globe Dennis Choquette is the National Editor and Sinclair Stewart, my deputy, indivisible as ever.
Ingrid who you heard from and Michelle our photographer who took the imagery that could have been gratuitous and made it as sensitive as any portrait you can see.
To Steve Chase working late into the night in the House of Commons watching the politicians and pushing the bureaucracy from the rigidity that was their initial instinct to a final flow that brought a just settlement.
And to Mercedes and to the 97 survivors who were alive when we began this and today there are 92. And to the parents of the survivors who needed this just settlement in order that they will know that their children all 53 and 54 years of age will have the money and the comfort to ensure a life complete with dignity. It really concludes to say what we began the evening with as his Excellency stated – Journalism not only matters but the journalists can and do make a difference.