The Islander was a Conservative newspaper throughout its publishing history. During the 1840s, it was the adversary of the Palladium, opposing escheat and Responsible Government and acting as the defender of the Tories and the Family Compact. In the 1850s, when the Islander began its life-long feud with the Liberal Examiner, the paper often discussed temperance, education, and Liberal corruption. The Land Commission Award was supported in the early 1860s, with Confederation and the construction of the railroad being the Islander's main causes during its final years of publication. Local and international news, advertisements, anecdotes, and agricultural articles were all published in the Islander. The newspaper ceased publication in 1873.