The cartoonist is from New Brunswick, Michael de Adder. His former employer - Brunswick News Inc. where Adder's political cartoons ran in four papers. Until he posted this to his social media account.
The cartoon shows Trump, golf club in hand, looking at the drowned bodies of a father and daughter recently found in the Rio Grande. The paper said de Adder's firing had nothing to do with the cartoon. The association that represents de Adder and his colleagues says that's nonsense.
Wes Tyrell, President of the Association of Canadian Cartoonists, claimed de Adder was fired after 17 years with Brunswick News Inc. because Donald Trump was a "taboo subject" for the company.
"Although he has stated there was no reason given for his firing, the timing was no coincidence," Tyrell said in a lengthy statement on Facebook. "Michael de Adder has drawn many well-documented cartoons on Trump, they have however, systematically never been seen in the NB papers."
Previous Trump cartoons by de Adder probably went unnoticed by the company, Tyrell said, but this one went viral thanks to social media celebrities such as George Takei and ultimately led to his contract being terminated.
Tyrell says that, although Brunswick News Inc. is a Canadian company, its business ties within the United States influenced their decision.
"Trade has been an issue since Trump took office," Tyrell said. "And the President himself is an unknown quantity who punishes those who appear to oppose him."