National Newswatch

The true cost of military conflict with Iran will be political

Jan 12 2020 — Jaime Watt — Over the past week, the world has watched, slack-jawed, as Western relations with Iran have slid precipitously from uneasy détente to open military engagement. Canadians, in particular, were stunned by the horrific deaths of our compatriots, shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. As the world now knows, on Jan. 3, a U.S. airstrike killed […]

Don’t look for entertainment value in U.S. impeachment hearings

Nov 17 2019 — Jaime Watt — On Wednesday, the first public hearings began in an impeachment process that seems to have been crafted for our era of reality television. Watching the testimonies of Bill Taylor, George Kent and Marie Yovanovitch, I was struck by the soap-opera nature of the hearings. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her House Democrats have, it seems, learned […]

In this election, small campaigns earned only small victories

Oct 27 2019 — Jaime Watt — So, just what happened on Monday night and how did we end up with the most divided and regionalized Parliament we have seen in recent memory? In my view, it was the utterly predictable outcome of the campaign our leaders chose to run. The result? For some Canadians, this was the “Seinfeld” campaign — a […]

Where is the big idea in this election?

Oct 6 2019 — Jaime Watt — Watching the first French-language leaders’ debate this past Wednesday, I was struck by the increasing banality of our current election campaign. Over the course of my career, I’ve seen — and been involved in — many elections. I have seen promising candidates brought down by the pressures of the campaign, I’ve seen parties unexpectedly soar, […]

The climate is a hot topic but will it motivate voters on Oct. 21

Sep 29 2019 — Jaime Watt — In a week with no shortage of international political theatre, from the launch of impeachment proceedings in Washington to the showdown between Parliament and the Supreme Court in London, I found myself returning again to watch a clip of 16-year-old Greta Thunberg in tears, excoriating delegates at a United Nations summit for their inaction on […]

For campaign clues, watch where the leaders go

Sep 15 2019 — Jaime Watt — With the prime minister’s visit to Rideau Hall on Wednesday morning, Parliament was formally dissolved and the summer’s so-called “fake” election campaign, mercifully, brought to an end. And with it, Canadians began to hear not just the noise of the campaign messaging but the noise of the parties’ campaign buses and planes as well. It […]