The Globe and Mail issued an apology after facing backlash over a headline announcing the passing of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, labeling him as “one of Canada’s most divisive prime ministers.” 

The outlet attributed the error to an “automated tweet” that did not align with its editorial standards.

In a tweet, the Globe and Mail acknowledged the misstep, stating, “An automated tweet about former prime minister Brian Mulroney contained a headline that was not in line with our standards. It has now been deleted.”

The headline sparked criticism from various commentators on social media platforms. Lawyer Ryan O’Connor questioned the appropriateness of such a headline, suggesting a double standard in the newspaper’s treatment of prime ministers from different political affiliations.

Former CRTC vice chair Peter Menzies pointed out the headline was attributed to the Canadian Press, implying that similar issues might have occurred elsewhere.

Brian Mulroney, Canada’s 18th prime minister, passed away at the age of 84 on Thursday. 

His daughter, Caroline Mulroney, announced his death on social media, expressing sorrow on behalf of the family.

Mulroney had been hospitalized in Palm Beach following a recent fall and was surrounded by his loved ones at the time of his passing.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to Mulroney, highlighting his contributions to the country and describing him as a courageous leader who dedicated himself to serving Canada. 

“He was committed to this country — loved it with all his heart — and served it many, many years and many different ways,” said Trudeau in response to the news. 

“He was an extraordinary statesman and he will be deeply deeply missed.”

Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre echoed Trudeau’s sentiments, praising Mulroney as one of Canada’s greatest statesmen.

“He loved to have conversation. He was a brilliant conversationalist and a wonderful storyteller,” said Poilievre.