Entries by Jaime Watt

The true cost of military conflict with Iran will be political

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, January 12, 2020.  Over the past week, the world has watched, slack-jawed, as Western relations with Iran have slid precipitously from uneasy détente to open military engagement. Canadians, in particular, were stunned by the horrific deaths of our compatriots, shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. As […]

A look at the year that was and predictions for 2020

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Most underrated politician of 2019: Only one federal party leader managed to unambiguously improve their party’s lot in the last election: Yves-Francois Blanchet revived the Bloc Québécois with a sharply executed pivot from sovereignty to nationalism. The fifth Bloc leader since 2015, he turned in a tight, […]

From Jerusalem: a lesson in the downside of proportional representation

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, November 24, 2019. Following months of political upheaval and uncertainty surrounding the future of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ten-year dominance of national politics, Israel is now careening towards its third election in a year. After calling early elections in the spring, Netanyahu’s Likud Party was able to […]

Don’t look for entertainment value in U.S. impeachment hearings

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, November 17, 2019. On Wednesday, the first public hearings began in an impeachment process that seems to have been crafted for our era of reality television. Watching the testimonies of Bill Taylor, George Kent and Marie Yovanovitch, I was struck by the soap-opera nature of the hearings. […]

It’s time for Andrew Scheer to overcome his pride about Pride

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, November 10, 2019. Since the launch of the federal election, which feels like an eternity ago, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has been dogged by variations on the same question: Will you attend a Pride parade? Do you believe homosexuality is a sin? Why did you compare equal […]

In this election, small campaigns earned only small victories

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, October 27, 2019. So, just what happened on Monday night and how did we end up with the most divided and regionalized Parliament we have seen in recent memory? In my view, it was the utterly predictable outcome of the campaign our leaders chose to run. The […]