Happy birthday to you, La Presse

Montreal’s venerable newspaper La Presse is turning 124 today. Like so many broadsheets, it is locked into a struggle with a more popular tabloid, in this case Quebecor’s Journal de Montréal, since 1964.

The newspaper has become of late the favourite forum for many Liberal leaky blabbers, thanks to the relationships the members of La Presse’s parliamentary team have been able to maintain with party organizers in Ottawa in the regions. Joël-Denis Bellavance and Hugo de Grandpré in particular are experts at convincing people that an anonymous rant against the leaders is just what the party needs right now. But of course, these days Liberal insiders seem to be remarkably talkative when put under the slightest journalistic interrogation.

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