The Globe and Mail Weakly Endorses Harper - The Intrepid

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Globe and Mail Weakly Endorses Harper

Yesterday, the Globe and Mail announced that it supports Stephen Harper in the upcoming Federal Election. Based on the picture, and the title the Globe’s declaration looks and sounds like a ringing endorsement. However, the article in which Globe Editor John Geiger argues for Harper reads more like a list of criticisms, and is vague as to how Stephen Harper has helped Canada in the last two years.

The article states that Harper has done well on foreign policy, particularly in regards to the Middle East. But, what exactly has he done? Geiger says, “As with Afghanistan, he played a bad hand very well...” Huh? How did he play a bad hand well? Inheriting an important war, nation building exercise, and potential test for the future of nature of NATO and deciding to pull out in 2011 regardless of the consequences is an example of a bad hand well played?

On social issues, Geiger states that Harper was able to control “his party's extreme social conservative rump, not vice versa.” Not exactly a great accomplishment. Finally, on the issue of Quebec Geiger argues that Harper did a good job of handling the Quebec nationhood debate. Well, Harper really didn’t do anything. The nationhood status that he gave to the Québécois people is meaningless and has done nothing to stem tensions between Quebec and the rest of Canada.

At this point in the article, Geiger moves on to criticize Harper. However, as he moves to the negative it feels like he really hasn’t made the case for Harper and the Tories. Geiger’s criticisms then are a little more specific, and have quite a deal more bite to them.

Geiger argues that Harper has done little to serve the Aboriginal community, has proposed no real plan to deal with climate change, and was wholly ineffective in his missionary attitude towards China. At the end of the article, Geiger proceeds to examine Harper’s greatest problem: Canadians lack of trust. Geiger suggests that if Canadians vote for Harper, “it will be as a default choice, not a popular choice.” Not a stirring endorsement.