Entries by Jaime Watt

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 […]

A theory on Justin Trudeau’s lack of contrition

How different this week could have been if Gerald Butts’ testimony was a springboard and not a trial balloon. On Wednesday morning, the prime minister’s former principal secretary, who is among his closest friends and confidants, did exactly what was required to change the arc of the story. He established himself as a credible and […]

Wilson-Raybould testimony nothing if not a Roman spectacle

On Wednesday afternoon, in an event that exceeded its considerable billing, Canada’s former attorney general and minister of justice, Jody Wilson-Raybould, filled in many of the contours of Bob Fife’s early-February reporting that thrust the prime minister, his closest advisers, and the Liberal Party of Canada into a political firestorm. Her testimony was as astonishing […]

Facebook users not yet ready to walk away despite troubles

Not all that long ago, certainly in my lifetime, Ma Bell, as she was affectionately known, was a communications powerhouse; ever-present with an absolute monopoly over our American neighbours’ telephone service. By the 1980s the American Bell System — which spawned our very own Bell Canada — generated over $70 billion US in annual revenues […]

Why SNC-Lavalin deserves to avoid prosecution

This week has shown the Canadian public is resolved in its belief that politicians and public servants must, at first instance, be up to no good. Take the so-called scandal around the SNC-Lavalin matter, and the emerging consensus that the government has misbehaved from the get-go. I don’t believe this to be true. I think […]

Don’t forget MP Paul Dewar’s message of inclusiveness

With Paul Dewar’s way-too-soon death, on Wednesday evening, Canadians lost a giant. A gentle, principled, passionate giant. A giant who dedicated his very life to the service of others. There will be no shortage of epithets for Paul, but he would likely choose to be remembered for his honest and authentic engagement with his constituents, […]

Parties have work to do as election hits home stretch

Earlier this week, members of Parliament must have felt somewhat disoriented as they returned for a final session in their familiar, yet entirely new, surroundings. The House of Commons chamber has been relocated, albeit temporarily, to a spectacular new space in the West Block Courtyard. But more than just adjusting to a different home, each […]