For the third federal general election in a row, the usual Liberal-leaning Globe and Mail newspaper has endorsed Stephen Harper, writing in an editorial he and the Conservatives are best positioned to guide Canada “into a fresh period of innovation, government reform and global ambition.”
Of Jack Layton, the Globe says:
“Jack Layton … has succeeded in putting a benign gloss on his party’s free-spending policies, but those policies remain unrealistic and unaffordable, at a time when the country needs to better manage public spending, not inflate it. He has shown that a federalist party can make serious inroads in Quebec, but it has come at the cost of an unwelcome promise to impose provisions of Quebec’s language law in federal workplaces.”
And they offer this reluctant admission:
“The Liberal Party’s Michael Ignatieff has been an honourable opposition leader; he has risen above the personal attacks launched by the Conservatives, he has stood up for Parliament, and he has fought hard in this election. But his campaign failed to show how the Conservative government has failed, and why he and the Liberals are a preferred alternative.”
And with that goes Michael Ignatieff’s most influential supporter among national newspapers and the national media in general.
Of the Conservatives, the Globe points out in its editorial:
“Only Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party have shown the leadership, the bullheadedness (let's call it what it is) and the discipline this country needs. He has built the Conservatives into arguably the only truly national party, and during his five years in office has demonstrated strength of character, resolve and a desire to reform. Canadians take Mr. Harper’s successful stewardship of the economy for granted, which is high praise. He has not been the scary character portrayed by the opposition; with some exceptions, his government has been moderate and pragmatic.”
Nicely done, Mr. Harper. Finally, the Globe and Mail admits you’ve done a good job. From commentary of their columnists on television, on the Globe’s website and in the newspaper itself, one would never believe the prime minister was even human, and certainly not Canada’s best bet in this election. But the endorsement seems sincere enough, so good on the Globe for that.