Entries by Jaime Watt

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 […]

The Bloc rises in the shadow of the CAQ

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Given the haze, ambiguity and, crucially, the unpredictability of this election campaign, it is becoming harder to determine how everything will shape up after Canadians head to the polls on Monday. While still unclear, seat distributions seem to signal a return to the minority governments […]

Where is the big idea in this election?

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, October 6, 2019.  Watching the first French-language leaders’ debate this past Wednesday, I was struck by the increasing banality of our current election campaign. Over the course of my career, I’ve seen — and been involved in — many elections. I have seen promising candidates brought […]

The climate is a hot topic but will it motivate voters on Oct. 21

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Saturday, September 28, 2019.  In a week with no shortage of international political theatre, from the launch of impeachment proceedings in Washington to the showdown between Parliament and the Supreme Court in London, I found myself returning again to watch a clip of 16-year-old Greta Thunberg in […]

Justin Trudeau can earn forgiveness but he will have to continually work to earn it

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, September 22, 2019. This week, the federal election campaign was thrown into chaos when years-old pictures emerged of Justin Trudeau dressed-up in a way most would deem highly inappropriate. Commentators around the country, indeed around the world, have weighed in with comments on the prime minister’s […]

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 […]