Entries by Jaime Watt

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Canada’s Patchwork of Pot: Watt

[:en]As the Trudeau government’s July 2018 deadline for the legalization of marijuana looms, Canadians are beginning to focus on the social and economic implications of the change. As political strategist and policy advisor Jaime Watt writes, both the federal government and its provincial counterparts have work to do to allay some serious concerns before next […]

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Quebec vote shows Trudeau’s still on top: Watt

[:en]The summer and fall have certainly not been breezy for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He has faced ministerial mishaps, legislative breakdowns and accusations of increasingly centralized PMO. An article last week declared that Justin Trudeau was Stephen Harper 2.0. That is, without a doubt, in the mind of the media, the worst insult they could […]

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How charismatic Singh is a threat to Trudeau: Watt

[:en]No doubt that the federal Liberals followed the results of the New Democratic Party’s leadership contest with great trepidation. Jagmeet Singh’s election is a monumental breakthrough for Canada’s community of visible minorities. But Singh represents a formidable new presence on Canada’s political stage for even more reasons. Singh has that certain “je ne sais quoi” […]

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Far too soon to waste time predicting the next PM: Watt

[:en]There are still two years to go until the next federal election, but last week media outlets and polling firms began releasing polls and prognosticating about who the next prime minister of Canada will be. Horse race journalism is once again the order of the day, even though the horse race is meaningless this far […]

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The changing faces of Canadian politics: Watt

[:en]As the seasons have changed, so too has the Canadian political landscape. The October 2015 election of a Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau began a major shift from dominance by Baby Boomers to a younger generation. Voters chose Trudeau’s youth and optimism over the experience of the other party leaders. Just two years later, […]

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NAFTA talks fraught with perils for Trudeau: Watt

[:en]A number of things happened last week that underscore the challenges ahead in Canada’s relationship with the United States. Former U.S. president Barack Obama visited Toronto, just one day after failed candidate Hillary Clinton made an appearance here during her Canadian book tour. It would be hard to blame Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for thinking […]

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Tories fall into Trudeau’s tax trap: Watt

[:en]As Parliamentarians made their return to the House of Commons this past week, there was a marked difference in the moods of Liberal and Conservative members. Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives were cheerfully optimistic about their future, while Liberal government members were considerably less upbeat. The reason: the federal government had just endured weeks of critical commentary […]

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Walking Trump tightrope gets trickier for Trudeau: Watt

[:en]Last week, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced the Liberal government’s commitment to increase defence spending by more than 70 per cent over the next 10 years, boosting annual spending from $18.9 to $37.2 billion. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has positioned the increase as Canada stepping up to play a leadership role on the world […]

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Sunny ways for the Conservative Party: Watt

[:en]The Conservative leadership election has come to a close, but it has opened a new chapter for a party that needed renewal. Any party that has served in government faces challenges following an election defeat. Its brand has been buffeted by years of criticism from the opposition parties and from the media. Its players are […]

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Fentanyl crisis echoes mistakes of HIV/AIDS response: Watt

[:en]Abuse of fentanyl, the highly addictive opioid pain medication, is taking a menacing toll across Canada. Opioid-related overdoses killed 1,400 Canadians last year. To label the situation a coast-to-coast crisis is a massive understatement. Fentanyl can be found in knock-off prescription painkillers, in party drugs and even in cocaine. The fact that other drugs are […]