Le Droit

Le Droit is a Canadian daily newspaper, published in Ottawa, Ontario. Initially established and owned by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the paper has been published by Martin Cauchon and his company, Capitales Médias, since 2015.

Le Droit
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TypeDaily newspaper
FormatTabloid
Owner(s)Martin Cauchon
EditorJean Gagnon
FoundedMarch 27, 1913
LanguageFrench
Headquarters47 Clarence Street
Suite 222
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9K1
Circulation35,829 weekdays
35,810 weekend days in 2011[1]
ISSN0839-4865
WebsiteLe Droit

HistoryEdit

The newspaper was launched on March 27, 1913 as a tool to condemn Regulation 17, an Ontario law 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 the Montfort Hospital during the government of Ontario premier Mike Harris.[2]

 
Match-workers on strike in 1924, seen in front of the offices of Le Droit.

In the 1960s, Le Droit tried to extend its market into Northeastern Ontario, including the North Bay, Timmins and Sudbury areas, all of which have large francophone populations. However, it 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 Franco-Ontarian 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 Soleil (Quebec City) and Le Quotidien (Chicoutimi, now Saguenay). He acquired Le Droit from the Oblates.

In 2015, Gesca sold six of its francophone titles, including Le Droit, to Martin Cauchon, a former minister in the Jean Chrétien government. Terms were not disclosed.[3]

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 (c. 1953 – 1987). Managing editors: Jean Gagnon (at present), André Larocque (2006–2010), Michel Gauthier (2001–2006), François Roy (1994–2001), Claude Beauregard (1994), Gilbert Lavoie (1991–1994), André Préfontaine (1989–1991), etc.

TodayEdit

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 the Ottawa River from Ottawa. Its articles can also be read on the internet in the Cyberpresse network,[4] 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 in Gatineau. It currently has about 150 employees.

ControversyEdit

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, CHYC-FM in Sudbury and 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.[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Audit Bureau of Circulations e-Circ data for the six months ending September 30, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  2. ^ "This Week in Canadian Media History: Le Droit founded in 1913 | J-Source". www.j-source.ca.
  3. ^ "Ottawa's Le Droit among six regional dailies sold by Gesca". Ottawa Citizen. 18 March 2015.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ (in French) "Le CRTC au service des gens, vraiment?"[permanent dead link], Le Voyageur, September 24, 2008.

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