Entries by Jaime Watt

The gift of social media helped Trudeau, but it can also take away

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, May 19, 2019. When Justin Trudeau took the stage in October 2015 to celebrate the Liberals’ majority victory, he spoke of his party’s “positive vision,” for Canada. Their campaign, he said, had “defeated the idea that Canadians should be satisfied with less, that good enough […]

Norman case another blow to Canada’s justice system

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, May 12, 2019.  Another year, yet another unsuccessful highly public prosecution. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors announced a stay of charges against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, ending a four-year circus that took an untold toll on the reputation, finances and family of a career public servant with […]

Lt.-Gov. Dowdeswell using her bully pulpit to better society

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, May 5, 2019.  In the cut and thrust of the increasingly divisive and polarizing way politics are being practiced today, one of the most worrisome developments is the loss of the bully pulpit. In some ways an old-fashioned notion, today’s practitioners seem to have forgotten […]

Blue conservative wave keeps rolling across Canada

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, May 28, 2019.  Each new provincial election brings more evidence that the wave of conservative victories across the country is turning into a tsunami. And with that, the inescapable conclusion that the Liberal brand is, if not in crisis, certainly not what it was on […]

The fragile façade of Confederation

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, April 21, 2019. Just as it is for most people who do what I do for a living, our office is littered with television monitors tuned to a variety of news channels from around the world. And like it is for most of us, we […]

Will Trump ever face a tipping point?

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday April 14, 2019. Among watchers of the Trump White House, it has become this season’s party game to speculate whether the latest reason for outrage will be the final straw in this quixotic presidency — something akin in significance to Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre, or […]

Trudeau’s tough lesson in caucus discipline

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday April 7, 2019. As the clock ticked past 50 days of the SNC-Lavalin omnishambles, the endgame finally came into focus when Jody Wilson-Raybould and Dr. Jane Philpott were ejected from the Liberal caucus on Tuesday. With the federal election not just on the horizon but […]

The true cost of SNC-Lavalin: 53 lost days

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday March 31, 2019. Although it may feel like ancient history, and remembered about as clearly, it was just last week that Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced the Liberal’s final, pre-election budget, a 460-page basket of goodies titled “Investing in the Middle Class.” A government’s last […]