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|Owner(s)||F.P. Publications (1959-1980)|
Thomson (1980 closure)
|Ceased publication||27 August 1980|
The paper began publishing a morning edition in 1917. In 1919, the paper's publishers bought the Ottawa Free Press. The former owner of that paper, E. Norman Smith, then became editor with Grattan O'Leary.
In 1959, it was bought by F.P. Publications. By this time, the Journal, whose readers tended to come from rural areas, was trailing the Ottawa Citizen, its main competitor. The paper encountered labour problems during the 1970s and never really recovered.
In 1980, it was bought by Thomson Newspapers and was closed on 27 August 1980. This left Southam Newspapers's Ottawa Citizen as the only major English language newspaper in Ottawa (Le Droit remaining the only French language daily newspaper in Ottawa).
The closure aroused considerable controversy at the time, as a day later, Southam closed the Winnipeg Tribune, primary rival to Thomson's Winnipeg Free Press. Concern over these incidents prompted the federal government to conduct the Royal Commission on Newspapers, commonly known as the Kent Commission.
To many, it seemed that possibly illegal collusion to reduce competition had occurred. Although charges were brought against both Southam and Thomson in April 1981 under the now-defunct Combines Investigation Act, alleging a breach of section 33 of that act, through merger or monopolistic conduct], they were dismissed on 9 December 1983.
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