Ted Byfield, iconic Alberta conservative publisher, dies at 93 – CBC.ca

Ted Byfield — the conservative Alberta journalist and publisher who founded the weekly newsmagazine Alberta Report — has died at 93.

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Longtime Western Canadian conservative journalist and publisher Ted Byfield, shown here in 2011, died on Dec. 23, 2021, at the age of 93. (Tom Braid)

Ted Byfield — the conservative Alberta journalist and publisher who founded the weekly newsmagazine Alberta Report — has died at 93.

After Byfield founded Alberta Report in 1979, the staunchly conservative publication became a key voice for sentiments of Western alienation in the Canadian Confederation.

He was a prominent figure in the nascent days of Preston Manning’s Reform Party.

Ted’s son, Vincent Byfield, announced Byfield’s death on his Facebook page on Friday. 

“Ted Byfield drew his last breath peacefully in his home surrounded by family at 9:16 p.m. Wednesday, December 23rd, 2021,” he said.

Alberta’s premier was among those who took to social media to remember Byfield on Friday.

Premier Jason Kenney eulogized Byfield in a series of tweets, calling him “a remarkable man and a great Albertan” who “had an enormous impact on Canadian journalism and politics.”

“Ted was a friend to me and countless others. He was one of the first people to welcome me to Alberta when I arrived here from [Saskatchewan] over 30 years ago.”

1/ RIP Ted Byfield.

A remarkable man and a great Albertan: old school journalist, educator, historian, publisher, entrepreneur. An irascible character with a heart of gold who had an enormous impact on Canadian journalism and politics. https://t.co/wWMy3HNMYH

@jkenney

“He will be missed. He was a giant who changed Canada and fought the tide to the last. He cannot be replaced,” tweeted Jonathon Van Maren.

“Alberta has lost one of its iconic figures in the #journalism industry. RIP Ted Byfield,” tweeted Mario Toneguzzi.

Byfield’s son Link, who had taken over as publisher of Alberta Report in the mid-1980s, predeceased his father in 2015 when he died of cancer at the age of 63.

Alberta Report ceased publication in 2003 after years of financial difficulty.