Le Droit (established on March 27, 1913) is a Canadian daily
newspaper, published in Ottawa, Ontario. Initially established and
owned by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the paper has been
Gesca since 2000.
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The newspaper was launched at that period as a tool to condemn
Regulation 17, an
Ontario legislation that restricted education in
French at that time. Today, it defends federalism in
Canada as well as
provincial jurisdictions. It is still involved in the protection of
francophone rights in Ontario, notably advocating for the survival of
Montfort Hospital during the government of
Ontario premier Mike
In the 1960s,
Le Droit tried to extend its market into Northeastern
Ontario, including the North Bay,
Timmins and Sudbury areas, but
quickly abandoned the project due to high costs. Originally published
as a broadsheet, it switched to tabloid format in 1988, following an
11-week strike by the pressmen. The newspaper also had a previous
strike in 1982.
In 2001, Gesca, a subsidiary of
Power Corporation owned by
Paul Desmarais acquired the paper from Conrad Black's
Hollinger, who owned it between 1987 and 2001. In the eighties, it
belonged to Montreal-based Jacques Francoeur, the founder of Sunday
weekly Dimanche-Matin, who built the Unimedia chain which included Le
Quebec City) and Le Quotidien (Chicoutimi, now Saguenay). He
Le Droit from the Oblates.
The publisher is Jacques Pronovost since 2007. Before him, it was led
by Claude Gagnon (2002–2007), Pierre Bergeron (1993–2002), Gilbert
Lacasse (1987–1993) and Jean-Robert Bélanger (1953?-1987). Managing
editors: Jean Gagnon (presently), André Larocque (2006–2010),
Michel Gauthier (2001–2006), François Roy (1994-2001), Claude
Beauregard (1994), Gilbert Lavoie (1991–1994), André Préfontaine
It is the only francophone daily newspaper currently published in
Ontario for the
Franco-Ontarian community and was the fourth all-time
(the previous three existed in the 19th century). It is also read by
francophones who live in and around Gatineau, Quebec, directly across
Ottawa River from Ottawa. Its articles can also be read on the
internet in the Cyberpresse network, which also includes La Presse
in Montreal, Le Soleil in
Quebec City, Le Nouvelliste in
Trois-Rivières, La Tribune in Sherbrooke, La Voix de l'Est in Granby
and Le Quotidien in Saguenay.
Its main offices are located near the
Byward Market with a second
office located at
Les Promenades de l'Outaouais
Les Promenades de l'Outaouais in Gatineau. It
currently has about 150 employees.
In 2008, Sudbury's francophone community newspaper Le Voyageur
published an editorial criticizing the Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission for its handling of Le5 Communications'
application to acquire two francophone radio stations,
CHYK-FM in Timmins. The paper took issue with the fact
that the CRTC's original notice of hearing was published only in Le
Droit, and not in any of the region's local media — thereby giving
the francophone community in Northeastern
Ontario little notice of
either the pending transaction or the deadlines for reviewing and
submitting comments regarding the application.
List of newspapers in Canada
^ Audit Bureau of Circulations e-Circ data for the six months ending
September 30, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
^ "This Week in Canadian Media History:
Le Droit founded in 1913
Le Droit among six regional dailies sold by Gesca". Ottawa
Citizen. 18 March 2015.
^ (in French) "Le CRTC au service des gens, vraiment?"[permanent dead
link], Le Voyageur, September 24, 2008.
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