Federal party endorsements: Where do Quebec's newspapers stand?

A slew of papers across the province are throwing their support behind different parties as the federal election wraps up. Here's a recap of where Quebec's newspapers stand.

Party endorsements vary from newspaper to newspaper across the province days ahead of the election

La Presse, the Montreal Gazette and Le Devoir are each endorsing a different candidate for Canada's next prime minister. (Kalina Laframboise/CBC)

As the final push for the federal election comes to an end, newspaper editorial boards are throwing their support behind the candidates they believe are best suited to lead the country. 

CBC Montreal has rounded up a list of who's endorsing whom in Quebec.

Le Devoir: Gilles Duceppe

Le Devoir, citing prudence, opted to endorse the Bloc Québécois under party leader Gilles Duceppe.

The editorial, published Oct. 17, says that the Bloc has a "strong voice" when it comes to defending the interests of Quebecers.

It goes on to say that the party needs to find its rightful place within Parliament.

The Montreal Gazette: Stephen Harper

Montreal's only English daily endorsed the Conservative Party on Oct. 17. The editorial highlights that the Conservatives are the "most prudent choice" in the federal election.

The editorial says that the Conservatives are capable of managing the economy and Stephen Harper's experience on the international stage is key.

The Montreal Gazette's endorsement falls in line with other newspapers across the Postmedia chain — including the National Post, the Edmonton Journal and the Ottawa Citizen — which have all published editorials supporting the Conservatives.

La Presse: Justin Trudeau

La Presse is endorsing Justin Trudeau's Liberals in the 2015 election. In an editorial published Oct. 7, the French-language newspaper said Trudeau is ready to lead the country and that it is time for a change after nine years of Conservative rule.

La Presse hasn't endorsed a party in a federal election since 2006.

Le Soleil: No endorsement

The French-language daily in Quebec City opted to not endorse any political parties. In an editorial published on Oct. 17, the paper encouraged voters to cast their ballots based on their individual convictions.

"Vote based on your convictions, vote for the candidate who best represents your region, for the party that most  incarnates your values, but, above all, vote," the editorial said.

The Suburban: Stephen Harper

The weekly Montreal-area English paper is throwing its support behind the Conservative Party. The editorial states "the choice has rarely been clearer" and encourages voters to re-elect Stephen Harper.

It goes on to praise the Conservatives for their approach to the economy and Canadian values.


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