Le Devoir is well known as a newspaper of opinion. It campaigned against CONSCRIPTION in 1917 and 1942 and opposed Maurice DUPLESSIS and the patronage system. In the 1970s it remained federalist but continued to be a pan-Canadian and French-Canadian nationalist paper. Its international coverage was excellent, based on the Agence France Presse (AFP) and Le Monde, but in an attempt to increase its audience in the early 1980s it expanded its economic and leisure content to the detriment of foreign news. Under the editorship of Lise Bissonnette, Le Devoir took a sovereignist orientation. She also improved the presentation of the paper and re-established its international coverage.
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