Entries by Jaime Watt

From the throne, a campaign speech in search of a campaign

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, September 27, 2020. In Rideau Cottage, the 11-month itch. Or so it seemed for a brief period when politicos and journalists wondered out loud whether the prime minister’s request for time on major television networks was intended to host an election call. Instead, Justin Trudeau […]

In a gradual shift to the centre, an opening for O’Toole

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, September 20, 2020. Since Erin O’Toole won the leadership of the Conservative Party and became the Leader of the Official Opposition, the Air Force veteran and former cabinet minister has been busy waiting in line. On Wednesday, after an hours-long delay, he and his family […]

Evidence-based policy needed on gun control

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, June 28, 2020. As the Conservative Party of Canada lurches its way to choosing a new leader in August, many are asking what it means to be a conservative, especially an urban conservative. As party members consider that question, along with what it means to […]

We are done with COVID-19 but it is not done with us

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, June 13, 2020. Though it now seems easy to forget, we remain locked in a battle with the novel coronavirus. It has been 93 days since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic; a declaration that brought with it unprecedented restrictions on our liberties […]

Protest is a powerful force for progress

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, June 6, 2020. In January 1909, a group of notable Americans signed their names to a statement that called for a national conference focused on the civil and political rights of Black Americans. The “Call” was signed by the likes of W.E.B. Dubois and Ida […]

The ‘she-cession’ may be new but its underlying causes are not

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, May 24, 2020. Of all the inequalities laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is none more glaring than the profoundly unequal effect it has had on the lives of women. The impacts are felt everywhere. Primary caregivers have been forced to balance their professional and personal […]

Canada’s official residences deserve our care and respect

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, May 17, 2020. This week, a furor arose on a topic that feels remote to most Canadians, even more so amid the upheaval of COVID-19: the prime minister’s cottage. In the context of unprecedented layoffs, a health-care crisis and a looming recession, there are many who […]