Even the Sun throws a dozen caveats at their endorsement of Harper.
The National Post is a bit more upbeat in their endorsement of Harper, as is the Star in their endorsement of Layton.
However, the Gazette makes it perfectly clear they have not come down with a case of Layton-mania.
A lot of these endorsements dwell on the negative, so let's take a moment to appreciate the positive for a minute.
In one corner, you have the incumbent. I certainly haven't hesitated to point out his shortcomings, but the man is poised to win a third straight election, so obviously Canadians think he's done a pretty good job at the helm. Harper has led a moderate government, and has made decisions that fall in line with the wishes of most Canadians. The economy is strong, the country is in fine shape, and Harper has shown the kind of focus, decisiveness, and determination most people look for in a Prime Minister.
The surprise challenger is Jack Layton. As I've said before, it's hard not to tip your hat to Jack and admire what he has accomplished after all he's been through over the past year. He's playing playoff hockey on one leg, and still scoring goals every night. He's certainly the best politician we've seen on the national stage since Jean Chretien, and that should count for something. Even though most of what he's saying doesn't add up, he sounds so gosh darn cheerful and confident saying it, it's hard not to be swept in.
Then there's Michael Ignatieff. Clearly, the campaign has not gone how he would have liked it to. But despite being the focus of a multi-million dollar smear campaign which has questioned his loyalty to Canada, he has shown passion at every stop on the campaign trail. The man genuinely wants to fix democracy in Canada, and has outlined a realistic platform to make the lives of Canadians better. If we truly want to be led by the best and the brightest, it's hard to find anyone who has accomplished more or experienced more in his life than Michael Ignatieff.
Rest assured that we have three competent leaders who love their country and want to make it a better place. We have over 1,000 local candidates who love their country and want to make it a better place. All of them have poured their soul into this campaign, put their lives on hold, and devoted hundreds of hours to meeting voters because they believe in what they're fighting for.
Despite what the ads might have you believe, nothing that happens tonight will destroy Canada.
You already know how I've voted, so I won't try to sway anyone any further. For the few out there who are truly undecided, read the party platforms, research your local candidates, and think about who you want leading the country.