10/08/2013 03:09 EDT | Updated 12/08/2013 05:12 EST

Political Traction: U.S. shutdown gets Canada's attention

The U.S. government shutdown is gaining major traction north of the border, but Canadians aren't losing any sleep over the political wranglings in Washington, according to Jaime Watt of Navigator Limited.

"Right now (Canadians) are watching the theatre unfold," Watt told CBC News Networks' Power & Politics host Evan Solomon.

The shutdown, which began Sept. 30, has captured 85 per cent of the public conversation across the country and 61 per cent in Ottawa.

Although Canadians aren't very concerned about how the shutdown will affect them, that will likely change if the U.S. government can't reach a decision by Oct. 17 on whether to raise the country's debt limit, Watt said, which could trigger a default on debt payments and affect the global economy.

Jaime Watt joins CBC News Networks' Power & Politics host Evan Solomon each week to look at how issues making waves in Ottawa resonate with Canadians.Monitoring the House of Commons' question period, mainstream media and the conversation on social media, Watt and his team at Navigator Ltd. determine which issues gained the most attention in official Ottawa, and then measure how much traction those issues managed to find with Canadians outside the nation's capital.