Pierre Berton should be remembered as the patron saint of the golden age of Canadian cartooning.”                                                                                                  Terry Mosher, editorial cartoonist and cartoon historian. (41)


An outstanding journalist and editor, Berton had early aspirations to be a cartoonist. These were not achieved but they led to him having great empathy for cartoonists and becoming their most important champion. Through him as editor first of Maclean’s then the Star [Toronto] the great editorial cartoonist Duncan Macpherson was hired first as a illustrator for Maclean’s and later as an editorial cartoonist for the Star [Toronto]. As editor of Maclean’s Berton gave George Feyer an outlet for his cartoons. As editor of the Star [Toronto] he hired Sid Barron. As editor of the Sun [Vancouver], he hired Len Norris.


Book text:

The Hecklers. Writ. & Ed.., Peter Desbarates & Terry Mosher. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 1979: 146, 243.

Periodical text:

“The Twisted Genius of George Feyer.” Writ., Brad MacKay. Canada’s History, 95, 2, Apr./May 2015: 40-41.