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Globe editor-in-chief Edward Greenspon takes questions

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Do you like what The Globe is doing?

Got a beef with us?

What do you think of our political coverage, including last weekend's Liberal leadership convention where Stéphane Dion emerged as the surprise compromise choice to lead the party into the next federal election.

How about our month-long series on cancer in Canada — how it impacts ordinary people, our national shame of having had no national strategy for combatting the scourge until a few weeks ago and the hopes and fears of researchers and cancer activists for scientific breakthroughs.

This was your chance to talk to the man in charge of The Globe's journalism.

Editor-in-Chief Edward Greenspon was online earlier today to take your questions.

Your questions and Mr. Greenspon's answers appear at the bottom of this page.

Mr. Greenspon has been editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail since July, 2002.

He has an honours degree in journalism and political science from Carleton University and was a Commonwealth Scholar at the London School of Economics, earning a masters degree in politics and government with distinction in 1985.

Mr. Greenspon began his journalism career at The Lloydminster Times and also worked for The Regina Leader-Post and The Financial Post before joining The Globe in 1986 as a business reporter specializing in media industries. He has held various positions over the years, among them, European Correspondent, Managing Editor Report on Business, Executive News Editor, Founding Editor of, and Ottawa Bureau Chief.

Since 2000, Mr. Greenspon has been closely involved in challenges facing all newspapers in an increasingly electronic world.

He is also co-author of Double Vision, The Inside Story of the Liberals in Power, for which he shared the 1996 Douglas Purvis Award for the best public policy book, and Searching for Certainty: Inside the New Canadian Mindset. He has also won the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism.

Editor's Note: The same rules will apply to this live discussion as normally apply to the "reader comment" feature. editors will read and approve each comment/question. Not all comments/questions can be answered in the time available. Comments/questions will be checked for content only. Spelling and grammar errors will not be corrected. Comments/questions that include personal attacks, false or unsubstantiated allegations, vulgar language or libelous statements will be rejected. Preference will be given to those who ask questions under their full name, rather than pseudonyms.

Jim Sheppard, Executive Editor, Welcome, Ed. Thanks for joining us again today to take questions from the readers of

Edward Greenspon, Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail: Hello, Jim. It is a pleasure to be with you here today. I always find these live discussions challenging for my brain and my fingers.

I don't get much opportunity to get into the reporting field very much anymore, but did spend last weekend in Montreal helping out on the Liberal leadership convention. As a political junkie, I can attest to the fact it was an extremely exciting convention. The permutations were plentiful, but once Gerard Kennedy made his move, it looked clear that Stéphane Dion would win. In fact, I had picked Dion in the office pool since momentum is such an important force in a convention and since Ignatieff and Rae seemed hopelessly deadlocked.

In any case, I will be pleased this morning to talk about our political coverage, the continuing cancer series, of which we are proud, or anything else our readers choose to throw at me.

Banquo's Ghost: This is regarding the Globe's coverage of the Afghanistan front.

In the age we live in, it is possible for anyone anywhere to have access to the news of the day as reported by virtually any news organization on the planet. I most assuredly do not mean blogs or opinion sites, I am referring to the legitimate, reputable news-gathering organizations of many different nations.

Frequently, over the past few years, as we have become more deeply engaged in the Afghanistan conflict, I have found that The Globe's coverage has tended to become more narrowly and parochially Canadian in scope, almost as though it is assumed that there is little news of worth to report about our allies or that Canadians wouldn't be interested.

I have come to the somewhat unavoidable conclusion that there is an exclusionary principle at work. There is, however, news generated out of bureaus of France, Italy or Germany (just to name some examples), our allies after all, that is sometimes startlingly relevant to our own involvement in Afghanistan.

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