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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau waves to supporters after he spoke at a party rally in Summerside on Labour Day.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s 10 years in power has not served Prince Edward Island well. The unpopularity of the federal government should be of no surprise, given Mr. Harper’s punitive decisions that have negatively affected the Island.

We have a federal government that laid off hundreds at Veterans Affairs, which has its national headquarters in Charlottetown. Ottawa also closed Veterans Affairs’ local office, forcing those who risked their lives to protect our safety and freedom to seek assistance outside the province.

A disproportionate number of federal cuts have affected P.E.I., according to independent studies.

Changes to employment insurance – benefits that Islanders have earned and deserve – have taken millions of dollars out of our economy. The Island was also divided into two EI zones that pitted community against community.

We sense there is a feeling in Mr. Harper’s circle that Islanders and Atlantic Canadians would rather draw EI benefits than work. The prime minister can never shake the fallout over his criticism about the ‘culture of defeatism’ in Atlantic Canada.

The restrictions imposed last year on temporary foreign workers for P.E.I. fish plants and farms caused hardships for Island businesses, especially among seasonal industries.

The prime minister thumbed his nose at this province by appointing a senator who failed to meet residency requirements, and then left P.E.I. under-represented in Ottawa, as we are now short two members in the upper chamber.

This election has also become one about trust and leadership. It’s beyond belief that Mr. Harper didn’t know about Nigel Wright’s $90,000 payoff to Sen. Mike Duffy. The Duffy trial, which resumes next month, has brought national embarrassment upon this province.

So why endorse a political party now?

Under The Guardian’s renewed commitment to be your bold champion of this Island, this seemed like the perfect time to take a stand on an issue as important as the upcoming federal election.

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We see the best hope for a new direction with a Justin Trudeau-led Liberal government.

This was not an easy decision. Thomas Mulcair and his NDP were strong contenders. But how can Mr. Mulcair pay for his promises and commit to an immediate balanced budget? He has squandered his lead in the polls. He can’t win this election.

So, why Mr. Trudeau?

Trudeau has promised to reverse EI cuts, return the retirement age to 65 and restore funding to public institutions, like the CBC. He will pour millions of dollars into badly needed infrastructure projects across P.E.I. and billions across Canada.

Mr. Trudeau promises a new way of governing, with more accountability — and Canadians will be watching to ensure he delivers.

He is a fresh face with new ideas for a new generation. He will be more open and tolerant. He will improve women’s reproductive rights and bring marijuana laws into the 21st century.

There will be tax cuts to the middle class — the focus of his entire campaign. He represents the next generation of Canadian political leadership.

Mr. Trudeau has been criticized for his lack of experience.

But we believe that will be offset by a solid backbench.

Former solicitor general Lawrence MacAulay is considered a shoo-in in Cardigan, a riding hit hard by federal government cuts.

In Charlottetown, Sean Casey will be the likely choice to join Mr. Trudeau’s cabinet should he withstand a spirited challenge from NDP candidate Joe Byrne.

In Malpeque, Wayne Easter has been an effective agriculture critic and a thorn in Mr. Harper’s side for 10 years. He faced his most serious challenge from the Conservatives in 2011 but Malpeque is now considered a safe Liberal seat again.

The Liberal party will face its toughest challenge in Egmont.

Gail Shea, the incumbent fisheries minister, is suddenly considered vulnerable with polls predicting she may lose what was considered a safe Tory seat.

Herb Dickieson had a chance to pull an upset but the Trudeau resurgence nationally might be enough to give victory to Liberal Bobby Morrissey, who will reap the benefits of voter anger over Ms. Shea’s unwavering support for Mr. Harper.

After reviewing party platforms and campaign promises - and at this critical point in the nation’s history - Mr. Trudeau has the best chance to win power and return Canada to the country nurtured under the leadership of Macdonald, Laurier, Mackenzie King, Pearson, Trudeau, Clark, Mulroney and Chretien.

We fear that unless a change in direction is made now, the country will slip ever further into a void from which it may not emerge.

We have a duty and obligation to our readers. This election is too important at this point in history. We want to keep Canada a welcoming, inclusive, caring country for all citizens. We would be failing in our duty and responsibility by not taking this public stand. We feel the politics of divisiveness over inclusion, hate and fear over peace and security, and personal attacks over policy must end now.

We see Justin Trudeau as promoting a more open, tolerant, responsible and accessible government. We believe that Mr. Trudeau will promote a new style of politics that challenges traditional patterns.

The stakes are too high not to do otherwise.

Is Mr. Trudeau ready? We resoundingly say yes.

Organizations: Veterans Affairs, CBC, Conservatives

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Ottawa Atlantic Canada P.E.I. Canada.Mr Mackenzie King

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Recent comments

    October 18, 2015 - 16:39

    Benjamin Perrin former lawyer for the prime ministers office for Harper has just said The Conservative Government does not have the moral authourity to govern . He went on to say he voted at the advance poll and for the first time in his life it was NOT Conservative ! Maybe Garth and Angus will rethink their vote before Monday .ABC! (Huffington Post)

  • Roger Gordon
    October 18, 2015 - 09:06

    Amazed is perplexed about my use of the phrase "community cohesiveness." Actually, Amazed seems to have an agenda and wants to split hairs with a number of people. Nevertheless, I'll explain my use of the phrase. A community-based newspaper offering advice on how to vote adds friction to an already fractious election. At the national level one might shrug one's shoulders. In a small community everyone knows everyone else do it is a divisive step. Big difference between a newspaper taking a stance on an issue and entering the polling booth. Unless the newspaper were Pravda. Yes i'll be cancelling my subscription.

    • Egmont Ellen
      October 18, 2015 - 11:49

      Who are you and other conservatives kidding?! Like a spoiled child you will take your marbles and go home because you cannot face the truth. Stephen Harper is about to be fired and you can't stand it. Well wake up and smell the coffee. As for cancelling your alleged "subscription"? No worries, I will be SUSCRIBING to the Guardian because of the fair and intelligent editorial.

  • Trudeau = Ghiz
    October 17, 2015 - 18:20

    Useless, inexperienced, spoiled brat with no experience. Had an expense card in junior high. Useless! Either of the other 2 will do. Ghiz showed what never having a job in your life can do if given power.

  • Happy Dance
    October 17, 2015 - 13:18

    Awesome editorial Guardian!! I agree with everything. We are so lucky to have Prime Minister Trudeau!!

  • Indigo
    October 17, 2015 - 08:34

    @Ella Right on, Ella, and the maneuver by the Guardian with this piece of crap, is right up there with the rest of the liberal dirty tricks. In a small place like this and with this newspaper 'covering the Island like the dew', endorsing a political party is ill conceived. Generalities and innuendoes should not replace a proper analysis of what exactly PEI has received from the Federal Government during the Harper years? How bad have we been treated??? You don't have the where with-all to do such a job , so you resort to just aping anything detrimental to Harper that Trudeau has seen fit to rattle off. The Veterans must be tired of being used as political tools, by the unions and politicians, - because I as a taxpayer certainly am.

  • veronica
    October 17, 2015 - 08:22

    @ Ella Thanks for saying it. You are absolutely right, the cheating tactics used by the liberal machine to 'get the vote out' is legendary. This takes place both provincially and in federal elections, - it is a skill passed down from father to son, - brother to brother, - and it is not in anybody's imagination it is REAL. Islanders will not speak up, - they think it is cute that somebody will go out and trick people with less capacity into voting for the liberals. I detest this smugness in Islanders. Monday we will see it again, --- no liberal has won fair and square in this Province for generations, - great record ----.

  • Gina
    October 17, 2015 - 08:17

    So even before the election takes place, the Liberal campaign co-chair engages in influence peddling, ---- helping the 1%, (telling Trans Canada Pipelines how to lobby for government favours) -- the same people Justin is jabbing about trying to take money from to give to the middleclass. What a g.d. liar he is, - but worse yet, people are ready to run out and vote for him. Get a grip, people, ---- vote for the NDP, and not the Charlottetown liberal candidate who is also among the 1% wealthy. ,

  • Steve Ryder
    October 17, 2015 - 01:00

    So, you have a “renewed commitment to be [my] bold champion of this Island”. How wonderful! I was worried you’d let that commitment lapse, so I’m delighted you renewed it. We’d be lost without your bold leadership. You are an amazing champion! Hail to the champion! We Islanders owe you everything! We’d be such losers without you, champ! “This was not an easy decision.” – I’m sorry to hear that. Perhaps you should have just asked any of your readers who you would be endorsing; it would have saved you all those sleepless nights and head scratching. BTW, this Trudeau guy sounds absolutely amazing! Is he the son of a god or something? There I kid, I’m sure he’s only human, but my goodness, he sounds like an amazingly intelligent, caring, wonder worker! I’m so glad you taught me about him – I’d be an absolute fool not to vote for him after hearing about his flawless plan to turn PEI into a utopia! I’m so grateful he cares so much about us Islanders. We should all count our blessings that we are one of the main focusses of his life! But this Harper fellow sounds like an absolute monster! I’m glad you pointed out that he’s been leading us toward “a void from which [the country] may not emerge”, even though this void sounds horribly scary. I’ve never actually seen a void, but I imagine it’s like an infinite recess of nothingness. How horrible that a nothingness-spewing monster has been in control for so long! On behalf of all Islanders I thank you for fulfilling your “duty and obligation to [us] readers”! I just hope you don’t let your championship status get to your head; stay humble and keep up the excellent job protecting us by providing us with all of the facts we need to avoid that void!!!

  • Bluebird
    October 16, 2015 - 22:31

    This article makes me laugh. Sounds like a essay written by a junior high student who never finished researching the topic at hand. Sad piece to have in the paper.

  • Islander_In_NS
    October 16, 2015 - 22:25

    I understand how readers can be upset, but it's not uncommon for newspapers to use their opinion papers to endorse a candidate. I think the editorial team should be applauded for showing the courage to express its opinion. It doesn't matter if it endorsed the Liberal Party, the Conservative Party, the New Democrats or any other party. It put together a well-written piece suggesting the past few years have not been good ones for PEI under a Conservative government. NS has had the same experience. I'm not a Liberal and at one time was a Progressive Conservative supporter. This government is anything but Progressive. Sometimes change is good. You can agree or disagree with the editorial piece - that's one of the great things about our country. You can have an opinion for or against and you can express it. Freedom of expression and freedom of the press are wonderful things We shouldn't be shocked if the media chooses to exercise it.

  • kp
    October 16, 2015 - 20:45

    Of my final two posts, the second contains my addendums. A missed comma. :>

    • kp
      October 18, 2015 - 18:00

      I, sometimes, write corrections for my comments to the Guardian editorial staff; they usually don't post them.

  • Kopperfield
    October 16, 2015 - 19:02

    There is so much irony in this campaign, that it is fun to watch. Trudeau is kissing ass with the middle class, - never mind the poor, - and he is 'punishing' the 1% , supposedly. Ironically, he himself is among the 1% erters, ---- but somehow the throngs don't realize that, they are eating the bait. The Trudeau trust fund is large enough for generations to never run out. Economists have analysed his platform and it will in really hurt the middle class, - but nobody in the media are reporting that. I could go on, ---- the largest irony is that all the poor suckers thinks he is a rock star, - but he has no experience or much sense. Too bad we are such sheep, that we cant' think for ourselves, but rely on Wayne to tell us what to do.

  • reader
    October 16, 2015 - 18:55

    CTV 's Craig Oliver reported to night that Trudeau's support is softening, ---- peddling influence to the Trans Canada Pipeline is apparently not sitting well with voters I would laugh my head off if the NDP won, --- after all these months of efforts on your part, ---.

  • local guy
    October 16, 2015 - 18:51

    Just heard on the news that it has come out that the Liberal Party has been paying people to write rotten thinks about Harper on the CBC blocks. Put on your other hat Wayne and 'report' to us, UNBIASED OF COURSE, after you investigate THE MATTER THOUROUGHLY of course.

  • Social Media
    October 16, 2015 - 18:36

    This is clearly a desperate attempt by the media to stay relevant in a competitive social media landscape. People get their news from other sources in today's day and age. Why pay for fake news and opinion dressed as "journalism."

  • Alana
    October 16, 2015 - 17:24

    This endorsement is curious, - candidates of all stripes engage in half truth and twist the fact to suit their purposes, ---- a pox on all their houses, - therefore by endorsing the Liberals the Guardian is endorsing and promoting dishonesty and deceit. There was a time when a paper felt a moral obligation to stay as honest and truthful as possible and be an example to the general public. I used to have some respect for the GUARDIAN , that is certainly gone with this move and the cocky response from Thibodeau.

    • izzy
      October 16, 2015 - 19:11

      so...according to your "logic" no one can endorse ANY party. So I guess you won't be voting Monday.

  • Dresden
    October 16, 2015 - 16:58

    Let us face it, - if the Guardian had any integrity and honesty, and of course some expertise and understanding of analysis, the proper route would have been to expose the readers to party platforms and brought out discrepancies, half truth and down right lies in the various assertions. So the champions of Island news settled for a high school performance, and dishonest at that.

  • disappointing but not surprising
    October 16, 2015 - 16:51

    Another pathetic attempt to sway voters, sickening really. Will call Monday to cancel my subscription.

  • Roger Gordon
    October 16, 2015 - 15:18

    To those posters who cite Montreal and Toronto newspapers as examples of what papers do elsewhere, the Guardian is not a national newspaper, nowhere near the reach of any of those papers being bandied around. It is a community newspaper in a small province, with a population of 130,000, circulation undoubtedly much less than that. As a community newspaper, it has no business entering the affray of one of the most divisive campaigns in Canadian history and offering to the all and sundry its political bias. Small newspapers in small places, where everybody knows everyone else, should maintain community cohesiveness and objectivity. Personally, I find it insulting to have these tablets of stone handed down. But, I guess the Liberal machine is busy getting people to post in congratulatory statements.

    • AMAZED
      October 16, 2015 - 21:30

      Community cohesiveness !!! Is this a fascist or communist ideal ! I say let people " Say what they say !!! " ABC !!!

  • Ella
    October 16, 2015 - 15:07

    Tacky! The journalist obviously needs to take a refresher course in Journalism Ethics for writing such a bias opinion. The Guardian journalists are very unprofessional... and on another note, I know for a fact, the Liberals have paid out money, American cigarettes, and cheap booze to street people, people with low literacy skills and welfare recipients in exchange for their vote.. the most Vulnerable people in our society.. this speaks volumes about the Liberal party’s ethics which The Guardian staff endorses…If you want to write a good article / write about how the Liberals are buying votes..

    • WTF
      October 16, 2015 - 21:13

      You may not agree with the opinion offered by the Guardian but you must stop and think for one second , they let your absurd comment go into circulation on their website ... I think you are a paid hack ...nuff said .

  • ajjakl
    October 16, 2015 - 15:04

    Skateboarders, tokers and unemployed artists would like to join The Guardian endorsing Justine Trudeau and the Liberal party.

  • Lloyd
    October 16, 2015 - 15:04

    All hail king justin. Just like king ghiz ruined the island justin will blow up the rest of canada

    October 16, 2015 - 14:50

    Well said indeed ! I would add the loss of our Coast Guard Base and ships , the extreme cuts to licensing services for fishermen and DFO in general , cuts to the postal service such as rerouting all PEI mail to Halifax to be sorted and the privatization of our major wharves . I would also like to see us get back to the old Canada we once were , the conspiracy-minded Harper Government has got to go .

  • Ella
    October 16, 2015 - 14:49

    Tacky! The journalist obviously needs to take a refresher course in Journalism Ethics for writing such a bias opinion.

    • izzy
      October 17, 2015 - 09:00

      Its an editorial not a news article!! I am stunned at the number of people who don't know the difference!

  • Why?
    October 16, 2015 - 14:29

    WHY.Why do the Guardian Editors think that a one sided editorial should tell me how to vote.Should report the news not try to make it up.No need to be soooored,but why am IU surprised.

  • justanotherislander
    October 16, 2015 - 13:32

    Well stated. Newspapers officially endorsing parties as election day approaches is certainly nothing new. It happens all over Canada and the United States, and has happened for many years. Growing up and living for many years in Toronto, it was always an anticipated event, to see which Federal or Provincial party the 3 main local newspapers at that time would support.... the Toronto Star, the Telegram, and the Globe and Mail. Well done Guardian. It is certainly time.

  • Roger Gordon
    October 16, 2015 - 13:09

    This editorial is unwelcome and patronizing to say the least. Why should Guardian readers care what the editorial staff think? We are mature enough to make up our own minds thank you very much. By printing this, the newspaper has shown bias, lacks all credibility, and presumes to assume that the readership really is interested in the paper's political leanings. It has reduced a previously neutral newspaper (at least overtly) to that of a British tabloid. Shame on the Guardian.

  • doug
    October 16, 2015 - 13:02

    The Guardian supporting Liberal parties - a part of our heritage. What a surprise. What a joke.

  • This is normal
    October 16, 2015 - 12:55

    This is a normal thing for papers to do. So try not to blow a gasket over the fact that The Guardian says go team Liberal. Take a look here: http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/15/our-choice-is-clear----stephen-harper The Toronto Sun is saying vote for Harper.

  • The Trolls are Out Today
    October 16, 2015 - 12:51

    By Definition... "An editorial column is an article written by the editor or editorial staff of a publication which shares the publication's views or opinions on a topic. Standard articles in journalism are intended to be objective and focus on facts, but editorial pieces typically carry strong opinions about the topic discussed." So all of you holier than thou armchair QB's get over it... This was not printed as a news story.... It was an expressed opinion.

  • Garth Staples
    October 16, 2015 - 12:50

    For the past 20 years I have never expected so called balanced news reporting. It is amazing to learn that the Guardian is against the GST being lowered to 5 %, substantial increases to federal funds for Islanders, pension income splitting for seniors and families, substantial increases for families with children, increased security for our great nation, substantial support for Island businesses, free trade, decrease in govt operational expenses, bringing Canada through a world recession better than any other country, balancing the budget. The list goes on. The Guardian did not reflect the situation in any fair and balanced manner. A very shabby endorsement of a shabby party whose Co-campaign chair was apparently already in the tough and a party who has never returned millions of dollars from the adscam fiasco.

    • Not Surprised
      October 16, 2015 - 19:42

      Garth right on. The Conservatives have done a lot of positivie things for Canadians. But most Islanders are not aware of this because of the bias reporting that comes from the rag known as the Guardian. When they announced that they were going to endorse a party, I just laughed. Of course it would be the Liberals. They have been Liberal rooters for as long as I can remember. What a sad excuse for a newspaper.

  • Jenn
    October 16, 2015 - 12:13

    Has anyone not read an editorial before? There are PLENTY of both left and right wing newspapers. And I happen to agree with this article. Time for change!

    • what doews change mean
      October 16, 2015 - 19:26

      So Jenn, if you want change, who are you voting for? If you want change then If you live in Charlottetown, Cardigan or Malpeque you would need to vote the incumbents out. Good bye Sean Lawrence and Wayne.

  • The Trolls are Out Today
    October 16, 2015 - 11:45

    By Definition... "An editorial column is an article written by the editor or editorial staff of a publication which shares the publication's views or opinions on a topic. Standard articles in journalism are intended to be objective and focus on facts, but editorial pieces typically carry strong opinions about the topic discussed." So all of you holier than thou armchair QB's get over it... This was not printed as a news story.... It was an expressed opinion.

  • Nitpicker
    October 16, 2015 - 11:29

    Those getting all riled up about the guardian taking a political position might have been well served by doing a few seconds of research. Newspapers taking a political position is neither new nor uncommon. In fact, in the last election the following papers did just that: Ottawa citizen, Hamilton spectator, the Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, Edmonton journal, Calgary herald and the national post. Keep in mind the difference between editorials and news articles. Editorials are opinion based. Articles are what must be factual and unbiased.

    • Quiet Observer
      October 16, 2015 - 11:46

      So, just because other newspapers did it that makes it right? WRONG. Those other newspapers are wrong too. It is about the media trying to run the country by influencing an election. The media is abusing its position. Period. As for separation of editorial and news departments, this is the Guardian where the same names appear as having written news articles and the editorials. There is no separation on PEI.

    • Richard Marleau
      Richard Marleau
      October 16, 2015 - 11:59

      Seven media outlets out of hundreds. I think any parent out there would say, "seven wrongs don't make a right". This is not opinion. This is a business with a political agenda using its cloak of journalism to promote its ideology on the eve of a hotly contested election. Why now? Why not two weeks ago when dissenting opinions could get front page attention? If they hadn't said Liberal, I might have thought that the timing of this "opinion" would have been the idea of Stephen Harper.

    • kim p.
      October 16, 2015 - 12:29

      It is not uncommon to see leading newspapers give political endorsements; but, they are NEVER this one-sided. There is not one positive mention about Harper, nor the local conservative candidates. The reality is: there are currently no democratic divides between the Conservatives and the Liberals in the legal community. It is Scales, Ghiz (sorry) Jenkins and McQuaid. Followed by Sean Casey, John Mitchell, Eugene Rossiter. And, then followed by riff raff. Justin trudeau will be about a fresh of a start here as Robert Ghiz was. We, P.E.I., need to break it up - public efforts and monies being directed to the financial and reputational interests of a very, very few; over and over and over again.

    • Kim P.
      October 16, 2015 - 13:30

      And, by riff raff, I mean the e-gaming committee, supporters, and those in the legal and judicial communities that were involved in the breaches of the constitution and the Criminal Code of Canada, and the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The million dollars of "legal opinion" and dining expense accounts was either a fraudulent or it was professional competence requiring an insurance claim. They (Sean Casey, Wade et. al) simply closed the file, broadsided CMT, sparked a litigation and now even more public money is being spent on external representation (Stewart McKelvey) covering up the breaches of trust, conflicts of interest, and terrible mistakes in judgment. I speak without the benefit of the judicial inquiry the Guardian readership demanded. /kp/

    • Nitpicker
      October 16, 2015 - 14:03

      Quite Observer and others: I made no comment about anything being right or wrong. By commenting on how widespread the practice is (and its much more than 7, Richard Marleau.) I am addressing the many posters, including your own original post, who seem to think the Guardian has somehow gone rogue (a "political agenda"? What?) And Kim P: In an editorial about why they are supporting the Liberals over the Conservatives, where and why would you squeeze in PC positives? Many editorial endorsements are one-sided. Look 'em up.

    • kp
      October 16, 2015 - 20:35

      Several one-off issues (Mike Duffy, the ni'qab, etc.) were presented in the editorial as stand-alone blockades to a Conservative endorsement. But, without due and appropriate expertise, or any balance, we have had far worse revealed here in the last six months, via our Premier and a Sean Casey affiliate / crony.... Robert.

    • kp
      October 16, 2015 - 20:43

      And, our system of governance cannot function without an impartial and independent bench; we remain unclear as to why the list of private investors in a publicly funded project was, and also remains, sealed by the Supreme Court of P.E.I. The Plaintiffs in the CMT litigation have said publicly, to the Guardian, that the list of investors will make everything clear. kp./

  • Angus
    October 16, 2015 - 10:55

    Going to be interesting to see if freedom of the press applies to this comment. It's always interesting to watch the biases in the media at work and then to see journalists moan and groan about lost reader/viewrship. advertising revenue and perhaps most importantly of all - jobs. Just last evening, news programs carried reports that two more English weekly papers owned by this company were closing in Quebec. This comes after the shuttering of a major French daily's hard copy the week before and many lost jobs. Are you media folks getting the message yet? We don't want your personal leanings or advice, we want good journalism, unencumbered by your poltical choices. And pleased drop the self-righteous tone and stop treating us as children. We're all well aware of what political party has long been favoured by the Guardian and its staff. Its not something to be proud of, by any stretch of the journalistic imagination.

    • doug
      October 16, 2015 - 13:08

      hear, hear. Not hard to see the intent behind this.

    • Anon
      October 16, 2015 - 13:23

      well, i read it because all its other work is unbiased. If one opinion article sets you off you probably didn't really like the guardian in the first place.

  • Ezmerelda
    October 16, 2015 - 10:32

    There should be sanctions that severely reprimand The Guardian for this. They just failed News 101. No wonder it takes Toronto reporters to come to PEI to report on any wrongdoings of the provincial liberal party.

    • townie2
      October 16, 2015 - 13:15

      hah!! Toronto Star just endorsed Trudeau last week......

  • guardainreader
    October 16, 2015 - 09:47

    there is only one way to get a messge to Liberal Paper all thse whom are not liberal quit reading it and dont put adds in it its that simple.

  • WTF
    October 16, 2015 - 09:42

    How dare you endorse a political party. Media should be neutral. I hope all your readers dump your paper.

    • PeiGuytoo
      October 16, 2015 - 15:58

      Newspapers have represented various political interests for hundreds of years ... this one has finally got around to laying its cards on the table.

  • Quiet Observer
    October 16, 2015 - 09:05

    The Guardian’s as our bold champion of this Island? Hogwash. You are a newspaper and nothing more. Please check your egos and get off your self-proclaimed righteousness and importance. Noone on PEI has asked you, or appointed you, as our champion. You have just proved you are not worthy of such a title. I agree that you have a duty and obligation to your readers. But that duty and obligation is to present the facts so we can make our own informed opinions. We don't need you to put your biased slant on the facts. You have failed in fulfilling your duty and obligation. To speculate, in your biased manner, how can Mr. Mulcair pay for his promises and commit to an immediate balanced budget shows your blatant bias and your interpreting of facts to suit your own personal agenda. Mulcair is the only leader who has produced a full costing of his promises, including showing how they are going to be paid for - but you CHOOSE to ignore that. Guardian, you are nothing more than an opinionated gossip rag of comparable credibility to the National Enquirer. Subscription not to be renewed.

    • doug
      October 16, 2015 - 13:09

      agreed... their duty is to present the facts and allow readers to make up their own minds... not to tell us how to vote.

  • de udder guy
    October 16, 2015 - 08:55

    A political analysis worthy of a Grade 8 political debate. He hurt my feelings and the other guy is making a whole lot of promises so we like the other guy a lot. Right on par with the level of in-depth reporting and critical analysis that is the hallmark of the Guardian. Which is next to nothing.

  • Absolutely agree
    October 16, 2015 - 08:44

    I absolutely agree that Harper has to go! It used to be that there wasn't a big difference between the Liberals and Conservatives but that has changed under the Harper regime. We are at a pivotal moment in our history. Will we reward fear mongering and hatefulness? Is this what we want for our future? It is not what I want. Our politicians should be people who conduct themselves with integrity with the good of the country always at the top of mind. This divisive politics that Harper plays has no place in a country like Canada. We are so much better than that. Harper touts that he is the man to get us through tough economic times. I say that he is the reason for tough economic times! I have not felt hopeful in the past five years. In fact, I often wonder how people in lower income tax brackets make it at all. I have less money in my pocket now and I work hard. For those who buy into his economic spin, let me tell you this....if you have a divided country with unrest, all the money in the world will not save us. It is not worth it.

    • Not Surprised
      October 16, 2015 - 20:41

      If you have less money in your pocket you certainly can't blame the Conservative Federal Government. The problem rests with the provincial Liberals who have frozen the personal exemption credit on your provincial income tax, raised fees dramatically for all their services then introduced the HST raised taxes on gasoline, applied the HST to electricity, wasted tax dollars on lottery invesments. And your remedy is to vote Liberal? Strange.

  • Islanders are totally shocked ???spare us
    October 16, 2015 - 08:42

    Boy are we ever surprised ...never saw that coming...........unfortunately 60 % of the country think the opposite......The federal Liberals have been out of the loop for 10 years and the sense of entitlement is still strong."We see Justin Trudeau as promoting a more open, tolerant, responsible and accessible government."NO previous GOVT has done this and neither will this one....the backroom boys are already getting ready to pad their wallets and meet the lobbyists, and it is not even election day.IT took TRUDEAU et al, and his advisors 24 hours to advise his assist campaign manager to resign ......weighing the political damage ...yeah that's open GOVT..when it suits them.

  • Don
    October 16, 2015 - 08:33

    So what else is new?

  • Richard Marleau
    Richard Marleau
    October 16, 2015 - 08:20

    This no great surprise. Any one reading between the lines would know what direction this NEWSpaper was leaning. The power of the press being used to promote personal ideologies is, especially at this late point in the election process, purely self serving . I would go so far as to call it demagoguery. I am cancelling my subscription. I will not spend my money to support this lack of journalistic integrity. Kudos to the Journal Pioneer for maintaining their integrity.

    • kyle
      October 16, 2015 - 10:43

      before everyone takes a stroke because they didn`t agree with there party. people should understand that all major papers do this, on pei it`s the guardian. I read it and they did not print any lies so why are people upset.