La Minerve

La Minerve (French for "The Minerva") was a newspaper founded in Montreal, Lower Canada (present-day Quebec) by Augustin-Norbert Morin to promote the political goals of Louis-Joseph Papineau's Parti patriote. It was notably directed by Ludger Duvernay in its earlier years. It existed from 1826 to 1837, and again from 1842 to 1899. Throughout the years, it went from being a radical paper to a conservative one.


It was first published on November 9, 1826 and was soon bought by journalist and future Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society founder Ludger Duvernay in 1827. It was prohibited in 1837 during the events surrounding the Patriotes Rebellion, which sought to establish an independent republic for Lower Canada. Back from exile in the United States (he had been forbidden to return by Lord Durham because of his role in the Rebellion), Duvernay started publication again in 1842.

It then defended the idea of responsible government and, after the passing of Duvernay in 1852, the paper was the propriety of a number of people before becoming the organ of the Conservative Party of Canada. It became a daily in 1864 and defended the Canadian Confederation project, denounced by Papineau and becoming reality in 1867. The paper lost its governmental support when the Conservatives lost power in 1896 to the Liberal Party of Canada. Money became scarce and the last edition was published on May 27, 1899.


  • From June 14, 1830 to September 7, 1848, its namesake Minerva appeared upon the first page.
  • The town of La Minerve, Quebec is named after the newspaper.
  • The title of the paper is apparently based on the French newspaper La Minerve. Titles of things such as newspapers and organizations inspired from France were common at the time.


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