Its political affiliation was originally Liberal, but Beaugrand officially broke with the party in 1891 and the paper became deprived of its traditional support group. La Patrie's circulation numbers sagged until Beaugrand, in declining health, sold his newspaper for $50,000 to Joseph-Israël Tarte in 1897.
By the turn of the twentieth century Tarte had turned his new property into an increasingly nonpartisan publication with the city's second-largest circulation for a French-language daily newspaper (topped only by La Presse). The victim of bitter circulation wars against old rival La Presse and the politically connected Montréal-Matin, La Patrie folded on November 15, 1957 but was survived by a weekly edition under the same name published until April 1978.
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