A regular reader suggested that we provide a compilation of editorial positions on Election 2006 from across the country. Here then, in no particular order, is what we have found.
Whatever happens on Jan. 23, Stephen Harper deserves credit for bringing the conservative movement in Canada to this point. As recently as 2003, conservatives were split between two bickering parties with very different cultures. It is a testament to his strong leadership that the party now appears so united and professional. Throughout it all, Mr. Harper has been subject to criticism — not least, from us — in regard to his style and tactics. He has borne such criticism with dignity, and has diligently kept to his message that this country can do better. He has certainly convinced us. And we hope he has convinced Canadian voters as well.National Post editorial
The Liberal Party has failed, seriously and ignobly, on the principal issue of the day. For this reason, if no other, it is time for the Liberals to go.
The 2006 Conservative Party offers a program that can work very well for Quebec as a part of Canada. Given the Liberals’ disgraceful abuse of the sacred trust of national unity, it’s time for Quebecers to join their fellow Canadians in supporting Stephen Harper and the Conservatives.The Gazette editorial
The Citizen has come out in support of the Conservatives. Unfortunately, their online editorial is hidden behind a subscription wall.
Ottawa Citizen editorial
If your Canada includes Quebec, then your Canada cannot include another Liberal government under Prime Minister Paul Martin.Windsor Star editorial
It is time for change in Ottawa. It is time for a new government with fresh ideas, a different coalition of supporters and an entirely new cast of characters who are not wedded to the status quo and are not seduced by the notion that what’s good for them is what’s good for the country.Edmonton Journal editorial
Therefore, having offered Canada capable people, sensible, moderate policies, and a credible promise to bring integrity to government, it is our hope Canadian voters reward Stephen Harper’s Conservatives with a majority government on Monday.Calgary Herald editorial
It is time for a change in Ottawa.
Harper and the Conservatives have been slow to earn our trust. Even six months ago, they seemed desperate for power and focused solely on an angry, negative message. They provided little sense that they represented an alternative with which Canadians could feel comfortable.Vancouver Sun editorial
The Province (Vancouver)
In the likelihood of a Tory minority, a British Columbia electoral map dominated by Conservatives with a smattering of New Democrats would serve us well.
It would also send an even stronger message to the Liberals — now is the time to sit in the penalty box and think about how you got there.The Province editorial
Victoria Times Colonist
We’ve been given enough promises from all three parties now that we should no longer be swayed by attack ads or dismayed by other mistakes that are sure to be made. We should use these last few days to look at the Liberal record and compare it to what the Conservatives have offered. We should examine the issues that separate the two.Times Colonist editorial
Halifax Chronicle Herald
Mr. Harper’s strategy, to run a campaign focused on offering Canadians new policy choices, appears to have put him in the best position to win Monday’s election. The Conservative leader did well in the debates by staying unruffled by attacks of Mr. Martin and the other leaders. The tragic shooting in Toronto on Boxing Day amplified the Conservative message on getting tougher on crime, while the populist Tory pledge to cut the GST seemed to appeal to many people.
Chronicle Herald editorial
The Liberals, by their actions and their attitude, have given up the right to govern just as surely as the Conservatives have earned the opportunity to put their plans into action.Ottawa Sun editorial
After 12 years of Liberal rule, there is so much more important work to do, from fixing health care, to developing an adult relationship with the Americans, to rebuilding our military, to cementing the ties that bind our nation together, which the Liberals have frayed by their arrogance and corruption.
It’s time to kick them out and give Harper and the Conservatives a chance to repair the damage the Grits have done.Toronto Sun editorial
Sadly, despite all efforts to portray himself as a changed, more moderate leader, such rhetoric smacks of the old Stephen Harper, one who barely two years ago lashed out at Liberals for allegedly stacking the courts with liberal-minded judges in a move to approve same-sex marriage.Toronto Star editorial
Prime Minister Stephen Harper. It has a nice ring to it. And that’s the result that we want to see tomorrow night when the votes are countedEdmonton Sun editorial
It appears Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is set to become our next prime minister and that’s great by us.Calgary Sun editorial
En cette ère de soupçon, les électeurs se méfient des politiciens qui dissimulent leur véritable sensibilité. En taisant sa sympathie naturelle pour les Américains, le premier ministre a creusé sa propre tombe. Parce que les électeurs canadiens ne sont pas juste conviés à choisir une plate-forme électorale, mais aussi un homme d’État au jugement sûr, ils vont sans doute pencher pour un vrai conservateur plutôt qu’un faux libéral.
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(translation) In this era of suspicion, the voters are wary of the politicians who dissimulate their true sensitivity. By concealing his natural sympathy to the Americans, the Prime Minister dug his own tomb. Because the Canadian voters are not just invited to choose an election platform, but also a statesman with sure judgement, they undoubtedly will lean for a true conservative rather as a false liberal.La Presse editorial