Entries by Jaime Watt

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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 […]

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Trump’s critics crying wolf for too long: Watt

[:en]This time, it’s different. I have argued in the past that many of U.S. President Donald Trump’s actions have not been as harmful or dramatic as some have made them out to be. Many Americans and media pundits overreacted to the election Trump, a man who, while considered offensive, ignorant and inflammatory by many, to […]