National Newswatch

Evidence-based policy needed on gun control

Jun 28 2020 — Jaime Watt — As the Conservative Party of Canada lurches its way to choosing a new leader in August, many are asking what it means to be a conservative, especially an urban conservative. As party members consider that question, along with what it means to be all different kinds of conservatives, the candidates for leader are being asked […]

Protest is a powerful force for progress

Jun 7 2020 — Jaime Watt — In January 1909, a group of notable Americans signed their names to a statement that called for a national conference focused on the civil and political rights of Black Americans. The “Call” was signed by the likes of W.E.B. Dubois and Ida B. Wells, and it contended that the upcoming centenary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth […]

Dominic Barton is Canada’s bright light in the crisis with China

May 31 2020 — Jaime Watt — When it comes to China, the Trudeau government has acted with the deference a pageboy would show a queen. As they have muddled through a long series of skirmishes, from the arbitrary and unjust kidnapping of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor to the trade disputes over canola, soybeans and meat, the objections of the federal […]

The “she-cession” may be new but its underlying causes are not

May 24 2020 — Jaime Watt — Of all the inequalities laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is none more glaring than the profoundly unequal effect it has had on the lives of women. The impacts are felt everywhere. Primary caregivers have been forced to balance their professional and personal lives like never before, as children stay home from school and […]

Canada’s official residences deserve our care and respect

May 17 2020 — Jaime Watt — This week, a furor arose on a topic that feels remote to most Canadians, even more so amid the upheaval of COVID-19: the prime minister’s cottage. In the context of unprecedented layoffs, a health-care crisis and a looming recession, there are many who find such a conversation tone-deaf. But they miss the point — Harrington […]

A working Parliament is more critical than ever

Apr 26 2020 — Jaime Watt — Though it was overshadowed by the tragedy in Nova Scotia and the ongoing pandemic, parliamentarians this week resolved an important debate over when and how the House of Commons and its committees will convene during this state of emergency. This debate may seem like a distraction or even a nuisance at a time like this. […]

Democracy in the time of COVID-19

Apr 12 2020 — Jaime Watt — Among the more concerning broader societal consequences of the coronavirus — economic collapse, fear-mongering, widespread distrust — is a stunningly rapid deterioration of democracy. To exploit popular anxiety as a pretense to seize power is a tactic as old as plague itself. When William Cecil, chief minister to Queen Elizabeth I, was battling the Black […]

Alberta’s ‘double-whammy’ is a lesson for Canada

Apr 5 2020 — Jaime Watt — The COVID-19 humanitarian crisis is compounded in its severity by an economic crisis that, like the virus, is worsening exponentially. Nowhere is this more pronounced than Alberta where, this week, the price of Western Canadian Select oil plummeted below $5 a barrel — equivalent to the price of a pint of beer. We are facing […]

Doug Ford has risen to the coronavirus challenge

Mar 22 2020 — Jaime Watt — As the spread of COVID-19 has utterly transformed life as we know it, it has also emerged as the most profound test of political leadership in a generation or more. Of course, the pandemic is, first and foremost, a health crisis. In the global response, doctors and public health authorities have been foregrounded, and rightfully […]

In CPC leadership race, one candidate stoops to a new low

Mar 15 2020 — Jaime Watt — I was disappointed this week to learn that one candidate in the race for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership had stooped to a new low by besmirching the name of an opponent while hoisting the standard of racism and Islamophobia. If you’re unfamiliar with the name Jim Karahalios, you could be forgiven. After all, […]