Entries by Jaime Watt

Biden is the man to lead a divided government and country

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on November 8, 2020. On Friday afternoon, it looked increasingly likely that Joseph R. Biden Jr. would secure the 270 electoral votes needed to earn the title of president-elect. It also became clear he wouldn’t be given the tools to drive sweeping change anywhere other than at 1600 Pennsylvania […]

Toxic Trump is also a superspreader of hate

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, October 11, 2020. Stop the presses: on Thursday, the FBI charges 13 American citizens for conspiring in a domestic terrorist plot to kidnap and potentially murder Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. They then wanted to start a civil war fuelled by white supremacy and discontent with […]

Lurking behind a shameful debate, a strategy built on chaos

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, October 4, 2020. It’s widely agreed that Tuesday’s faceoff between incumbent Donald Trump and challenger Joseph R. Biden Jr. was the worst U.S. presidential debate in history. It also marked a low point in American political culture. So shambolic, so grating, so disappointing, so ridiculous […]

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 […]