Entries by Jaime Watt

For campaign clues, watch where the leaders go

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, September 15, 2019. With the prime minister’s visit to Rideau Hall on Wednesday morning, Parliament was formally dissolved and the summer’s so-called “fake” election campaign, mercifully, brought to an end. And with it, Canadians began to hear not just the noise of the campaign messaging but […]

Ontario Liberals opt for good TV at leadership convention

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Two weeks ago, the Ontario Liberals began the long and arduous process of rebuilding their shattered party. Now reduced to a caucus of five — or what some impolite wags refer to as “the minivan caucus” — the party membership gathered in Mississauga […]

A lesson in valour from Juno Beach

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, June 9, 2019. On the Normandy coast, the few remaining brave veterans gathered, their numbers depleted by the unrelenting ravages of time. They were joined by politicians from every nook and cranny of our country, military brass, and serving soldiers, sailors and airwoman and men. And […]

Give our democracy the TLC it deserves

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, June 2, 2019. As spring gives way to summer, so too will the predictable rhythm of governing in Ottawa and the ever-so-predictable antics of question period give way to the high-energy, much less predictable, winner-takes-all stakes of a federal campaign. And, as the parties’ planes and […]

Trudeau trying to navigate uncharted digital waters

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, May 26, 2019. This week, as more than 25,000 tech execs and entrepreneurs from around the globe descended on Toronto for the Collision Conference, the parallels between Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party of Canada and the companies that define Silicon Valley, and (increasingly) Toronto and Montreal […]

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 […]