Entries by Jaime Watt

The increasing power of stirring imagery and moral virtuosity

Only days into 2019 and we have already been sharply reminded of just how much the optics and messages of politics have changed in the last 10 years. These developments, of course, don’t represent a total change from the past. Image and narrative have long been central to politics. Pictures have built or destroyed the […]

Presidential successors put Bush Sr. in a new light

Many believe that, in politics, your successor is your legacy. Consider the straight-as-an-arrow Sunday school teacher Jimmy Carter after the Machiavellian Nixon years. Or the steady, competent, experienced John Tory after the roller coaster term of Rob Ford. Or more recently, Doug Ford’s approach to smaller government focused resolutely on every day family affordability after […]

NDP sputtering as Singh’s sticks to risky strategy

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake,” ranks as one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s most famous quotes. And it is one that a number of the politicians around Parliament Hill would do well to remember. Last week, Liberal MP for Brampton East, Raj Grewal, announced he would be resigning his seat. And just […]

U.S. midterm elections put USMCA in jeopardy

Another day, another bump in the road for the Canada-U. S. relationship. Spare a moment for Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland. After years of arduous negotiations over a renewed North American trade agreement with a temperamental and fickle President Donald Trump, she had finally come to ground on what the government believed was an […]

How a Democratic victory Tuesday may help Trump’s re-election

On Tuesday, Americans will go to the polls to elect a third of the Senate and all the members of the House of Representatives in what’s known as the mid-term elections. It is an American political tradition that the sitting President’s party is punished during these elections, with most tending to lose seats in Congress. […]

Pot legalization a lesson in savvy political timing

In politics, there are two factors — over which you have no control — that determine your fate: timing and luck. In running for office, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to have taken his father’s advice that “the essential ingredient of politics is timing” to heart. Promises, which were the foundation of his 2015 campaign, […]

It is time to polish our humanitarian brand in Canada

In an age of social media and intense global competition, “brand” has become more important than ever. While it was once the exclusive domain of consumer-focused companies, now individuals, organizations and nations alike have become acutely aware of the image they project and the benefits that come with successfully building brand equity. Whatever you may […]