National Newswatch

The U.S. Supreme Court leak on abortion ruling shows slippery slopes are real — and progress is never safe

May 15 2022 — Jaime Watt — Two weeks ago in these pages, I cautioned readers not to look away from pending (and in some cases already implemented) legislation in U.S. states that undermines the rights of LGBTQ Americans. Now, social progress in America has been dealt another, potentially far more catastrophic, blow. A leaked draft opinion from the country’s conservative-dominated Supreme […]

Pierre Poilievre has muted ‘electability’ challenges, emerging as a prime minister in waiting

Apr 24 2022 — Jaime Watt — It’s less than two weeks from the Conservative party’s first leadership debate, and Pierre Poilievre has established himself as the clear front-runner. After recently dazzling over a thousand supporters at a packed Steam Whistle brewery event in downtown Toronto, the extent of his lead is such that his competitors have stopped contesting the popularity of […]

The Liberal-NDP deal opens a door for Conservative leadership candidates

Mar 27 2022 — Jaime Watt — This week the prime minister simultaneously took two different risks with two very different opposition parties. The Liberal “confidence-and-supply” agreement with the New Democrats was a political manoeuvre that provides stability for a minority government, while offering NDP leader Jagmeet Singh reasonable positioning as a conscientious voice in Parliament. The price? Limiting the government’s flexibility […]

Elections Canada failed to guarantee access for Indigenous voters during the 2021 federal election

Mar 13 2022 — Jaime Watt — You likely didn’t hear about it, as the issue hardly made a splash in the news: during our September federal election, 205,000 mail-in ballots were uncounted. This issue is especially troubling for its outsize impact on Indigenous communities, and stacks on other, similar failures. There are 274 First Nations communities in Canada that lack access […]

‘One lockdown too many’: Ontario’s election will be a messy affair, and leaders must embrace the uncertainty

Mar 6 2022 — Jaime Watt — It was only four years ago today that Ontario Progressive Conservative organizers, staff and candidates were consumed by an all-out sprint to elect a new leader — while managing the predictable party infighting, desperate as they were to present a viable alternative to the Wynne Liberals. Back in 2018, perfectly naturally, many assumed that this […]

Joe Biden is correct to keep soldiers out of Ukraine. Now he must explain why — and what comes next

Feb 27 2022 — Jaime Watt — Any discussion of Russia-Ukraine should begin with an acknowledgment that millions will be devastated by Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion. Lives will be lost and a great price will be paid in terms of Ukraine’s political viability and long-term prospects. It is heartbreaking to watch a country that has made such profound and hard-won progress fall […]

Wedges provide no route out of this political sand trap. Above all, Canadians seek an end to divisions

Feb 20 2022 — Jaime Watt — “Wedged” has emerged as the buzzword to sum up our current political climate. The term has been deployed by politicians of all stripes to describe the current state of the nation, as disunity and division reach a new, brutally low nadir. The convoys have exploited the most consequential pressure points in Canadian politics, blurring the […]

An invasion of Ukraine would be a catastrophe — but a larger crisis is already underway

Feb 13 2022 — Jaime Watt — Even setting aside the impact of COVID-19, this year’s Olympic opening ceremony felt decidedly different from Beijing 2008. After all, China’s stance on the world stage has changed significantly, from semi-engaged world power to overarching behemoth. The consequences of that change were visible in the stands of the Bird’s Nest stadium last week. Unlike in […]