The Ottawa Citizen
is an English
-language daily newspaper owned by Postmedia Network
. According to the Canadian Newspaper Association
, the paper had a 2008 weekly circulation of 900,197.
Established as The Bytown Packet
in 1845 by William Harris
, it was renamed the Citizen
in 1851. The newspaper's original motto, which has recently been returned to the editorial page, was Fair play and Day-Light
The paper has been through a number of owners. In 1846, Harris sold the paper to John Bell
and Henry J. Friel
. Robert Bell
bought the paper in 1849. In 1877, Charles Herbert Mackintosh
, the editor under Robert Bell, became publisher. In 1879, it became one of several papers owned by the Southam
family. It remained under Southam until Southam itself was purchased by Conrad Black
's Hollinger Inc.
. In 2000, Black sold most of his Canadian holdings to CanWest Global.
The editorial view of the Citizen
has varied with its ownership, taking a reform
, anti-Tory position under Harris and a conservative
position under Bell. Under the Southams, it moved to the left, supporting the Liberals
largely in opposition to the Progressive Conservative Party
's support of free trade
in the late 1980s. Under Black, it moved to the right and became a supporter of the Reform Party
. It endorsed the Conservative Party of Canada
in the 2006 federal election
In 2002, its publisher Russell Mills
was dismissed following the publication of a story critical of......