Who is the new publisher?

Well, there has been lots of speculation over the last few weeks about what has been happening with the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph. “Who is this new guy?” “Who is Pierre Little?”

Let me first start off with thanking God for the many blessings in life. Second to Him is a person that is often overlooked and forgotten in our successful life projects, my dear wife, Wendy, without whom I wouldn’t be writing to you today. Without her love, and many sacrifices, support and advice through the years, it would not have been possible to get here. Thank you dear, I love you.

There is no better time to speak to all the questions that everyone has than my first publication as publisher.

First let me say, with each newspaper we produce, it is a concert of co-operation from every member of our staff. The team we have here at the Chronicle is one of the most dedicated and loyal I have seen in my experience in the publishing business. It is a privilege to work with them.

I am a New Brunswicker. Born and raised in Moncton, New Brunswick, with a French Canadian mother and an English father, the best of both worlds I can assure you.

My interests are faith, philosophy and wisdom, the power of ideas, the power of unity for change without the use of force. I believe in justice based on truth. I am a thinker, a computer nerd … it’s so hard to write about oneself.

Being from New Brunswick, we are taught a strong commitment to bilingualism and this has prepared me well, I believe, for the task of building strong bonds within the English and French communities here in Quebec City.

My French is weak but I have a good foundation upon which to build from years of French immersion. I also speak Spanish, as my wife hails from beautiful Lima, Peru.

I have been given dozens of historical accounts to read, from the long history of the Chronicle to the historical background in the 400-year history of the founding of this great city.

For these historical reasons, I have made the decision that the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph is a great opportunity for me as publisher with my experience. My publishing background extends mostly to business publishing, but when the opportunity arose for the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph given its 243 years of history, I was smitten. The full extent of the story is a much more colourful one, I assure you. It is a story for another time however, and not for this introduction.

Now that you know a little about me, I would like to know a little about you, our most valued readers. I would like to hear from all of you about your wishes for this newspaper, what you think about the community and how we can better serve you and the community.

That being said, I have prepared an online survey which can be completed in a matter of minutes. It’s small and it is designed to give us a good idea of where we need to be of better service. Please log onto our website [www.qctonline.com]for the link to the survey. There is no other group more important than you, our subscribers.

That brings me to a philosophical point that most publishers like to meditate on, and that is “paid subscribers.”

Subscribers are the lifeblood that flows through our newspaper. Without you, we have no business being in existence, and quite literally no business. Subscribing is like Baptism … it’s the starting point; then you engage yourself in the community’s interests.

Our role is to facilitate and report on your engagement and provide content and commentary that is inspiring and thoughtful, that provides you, the subscriber, the service expected of a community newspaper.

I have heard a lot about what we should do to improve the newspaper. Nothing is more important to me at this starting point as your new publisher than to provide valued content to the community and our subscribers. This is the cornerstone of the arch of my philosophy for a healthy publication.

I ask you – no, I implore you – if possible, we need your help in starting a gift subscription campaign. Please send us, by e-mail [[email protected]] or by regular mail, the names and addresses of close friends or people you know who should have a subscription to the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph. We will mail them a gift subscription of two to four issues on your behalf. If all of you help, this could double our circulation overnight. Please help us.

The success of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph is akin to the dilemma of what comes first the chicken or the egg. “Why subscribe if the Chronicle is not serving my needs?” Because, we can’t begin to implement needed changes to the Chronicle without more paid subscribers.

As you know, a healthy circulation plays a big part in our resources and serves the business community who patronize our pages as advertisers. One does not exist without the other.

With all these activities we can grow the paper, but we can’t do it without you the reader. In the weeks ahead we will be preparing the oldest newspaper in North America to make its mark on the Internet. It’s a secret, but what I can say is that it will be important for the news business which is changing rapidly in the Internet-connected world we live in.

This province, and in particular Quebec City, with all its history and traditions, has welcomed me with open arms and I am so grateful. I have not seen a more precious, beautiful, and tranquil city than Quebec City in all my travels. I can’t end without mentioning my sincere gratitude to Karen and François who have been so instrumental in this new transition. They have been open and kind to me and are willing to continue supporting the mission of the Chronicle. I insisted on the tribute to their 14 years of service to the community that you read within our pages today.

Lastly, thank you to our advertisers, particularly Premier Jean Charest, for your continued support. We will live up to and exceed everyone’s expectations. The character of the Chronicle-Telegraph’s history proves this reality.