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OTTAWA—Politics used to be fun. The House of Commons was partly theatre where all were encouraged to make their point, often with props. Now-deceased New Democrat Member of Parliament Jim Fulton once slapped a stinking dead salmon on the desk of prime minister Brian Mulroney to highlight mismanagement of the Pacific fishery. After hours was a different story. Progressive Conservatives, Liberals, and New Democrats would get together and share a beer over at the National Press Club across

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Politics used to be fun

By Sheila Copps      

The internecine warfare, which marked Jean Chrétien's last two years in power, were not pretty. But by and large, Chrétien’s time was a period when politics was fun and all political parties shared a common bond.

Nobody's baby: Sheila Copps' public relationship with Mulroney-era cabinet minister John Crosbie was indeed stormy, but in private, they were friends, she writes. 'I still get his Christmas card every year.' The Hill Times file photographs
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