The Toronto Mail was founded in 1872 by John A. Macdonald, the Prime Minister of Canada and publishing rival of George Brown of The Globe. Macdonald and Brown had been political rivals in Canada West during the previous decade (although they had co-operated to achieve Canadian confederation). Macdonald had become Prime Minister of the new Dominion of Canada in 1867.
The Mail broke with the Conservative Party in the 1880's, which caused the Conservatives to found a rival Toronto newspaper, the Toronto Empire.
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