Entries by Jaime Watt

Rebuilding a middle ground is the only way to fix a broken America

So long shining city upon the hill. There are, of course, those who scoff that the idealistic notion of American exceptionalism never existed at all. Others might reasonably suggest that, in fact, it vanished years ago — not in one fell swoop, but incrementally with each passing hour of cable news, gerrymandered district, and bruising […]

Canada has limited foreign policy options

When the Liberal government came to power, it did away with the approach to foreign policy practiced by its Conservative predecessors and replaced it with something a bit more “idealistic.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau embarked on an international media tour during which he repeatedly declared himself a feminist. The foreign service, all the way up […]

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. […]