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Opinion|By Sheila Copps
If the first instinct of our prime minister is to push the envelope for inclusive language change, I say go for it. No apology necessary.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Me-too mantra says all accusers must be believed. But when the facts are faceless or uncorroborated, what happens to fairness? The second element of confusion stems from the definition of sexual harassment.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Ontario may go to the polls next June with a woman leader in every party. In a curious twist, last week’s harassment allegation may put a woman in the premier’s chair.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA–Elizabeth May is horrified and Brad Wall plans to take the federal government to court. Liberals must have done something right because they occupied the moderate middle in last week’s proposed legislation on carbon pricing.…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—What could have been more Canadian than Timmies. That is until last week. The ugly showdown between Unifor and Tim Hortons shows just how far this iconic doughnut shop has drifted from its humble beginnings…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—The new year comes with new resolve. The most important resolve for political parties is to win the next election. More than halfway through the current Liberal mandate, now is the time to consider a…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Byelections burst the Ottawa bubble last week. Mid-term report cards on the governing Liberals have been flagging. They were unanimous in predicting the honeymoon was over. But four byelections in other parts of the country…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—As the date for legal pot nears, the Assembly of First Nations has thrown a new wrinkle into the rollout. Last week, the AFN announced the formation of a committee to study how aboriginal territories…
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Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—The Conservative Party may have gone too far in fanning finance disclosure flames last week. But the Tories certainly threw the government off-message on the messy issue of Morneau money. By calling for the resignation…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne may have just governed her way to victory last week. With passage of a labour bill hiking the hourly minimum wage to $15, Wynne set the stage for an election showdown…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—The swamp runneth over. By all accounts, an Alabama senatorial candidate facing multiple harassment allegations, is successfully staring down opponents, even within his own party. Judge Roy Moore is casting the fight as one of…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—The Paradise Papers may just mean Paradise Lost in Canada and around the world. They are generating tax reverberations in capitals around the world about the extent to which the superrich legally avoid taxes while…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Monday marks the 150th anniversary of the first meeting of Canadian parliamentarians. Celebrations include the usual fanfare, with a declaration in the House of Commons, and a commemorative plaque unveiling. But the real story of…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Show me the money and I will show you the path to equality. Just last week, the university sector announced groundbreaking news about a new nation-wide plan to collect and publish data on how each…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—When does the punishment outweigh the crime? The Harvey Weinstein debacle continues to spill over into other sectors. Just last week, two iconic Quebec entertainment moguls suffered similar fates, losing public support, contracts and credibility…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—The ignominious end to Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has all of us in agreement. This predator got what he deserved. But the larger question remains. How did he get away with it for so long?…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—The death of Energy East is a direct legacy of the Stephen Harper decade in office. Not only did the prime minister systematically refuse to bring premiers together, he had no interest in a new…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Canada’s culture wars will never end. Nor should they. Heritage Minister Melanie Joly struck the right tone Thursday when she set out a plan to increase content on multiple platforms without imposing new taxes. The…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—The New Democratic Party turban wars were officially launched last weekend. The first toxic, anti-turban bomb dropped was dropped by Quebec NDP MP Pierre Nantel on the eve of a leadership pre-vote launch in Hamilton.…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Imagine a public arts policy where bureaucrats choose the art. No, we are not talking China. The City of Calgary has recently been debating a motion to freeze public art investment, because some councillors are…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Summer caucuses are always hot. And when you combine heated politics with a sunny West Coast location, the temperature often rises. After more than two months away from the Ottawa cocoon, Members of Parliament are…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Last week’s cabinet remake will prompt a much-needed reboot of the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs. By splitting it in two, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is legally acknowledging what many have realized for years.…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t. Such is the dilemma facing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with the increase in ambulatory migrants arriving from the United States in the wake of American removal rumblings.…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—The northward drift of the American alt-right may have been stopped in its tracks in the aftermath of Charlottesville last week. Or it may actually be energized by the post-Charlottesville fallout. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Canada’s effort to include climate change in the North American Free Trade negotiations is worth a try. But it is likely to get the same kind of reaction from American President Donald Trump that he…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Hopefully NAFTA’s ark won’t spring a leak. The ship of state that will be guiding the country through the treacherous Trumpian waters of North American free trade is anything if not inclusive. The 13-member advisory…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Dr. Hook put it best. You haven’t made it until you appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. So, just like the eponymous song said, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must have purchased five copies…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—The pot thickens. The provincial ministers annual summer gabfest handed the prime minister a gift he could not refuse. A political pot fight is just what Justin Trudeau needs to shore up his left flank.…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Birthdays have a way of spawning new ideas. Whether it is a resolution to lose weight, a decision to do more good, or a plan to simply stop sweating the small stuff, milestone moments can…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—Thank goodness the sesquicentennial only happens every 150 years. Nobody can pronounce it anyway, and the birthday hangover still has Ottawa buzzing. A half million people descended on the capital to join in the Canada…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—In Canada, the 150th birthday bash seems to have taken on a double meaning. Bash connotes a happy time when everyone joins together in an unforgettable party. Bash can also mean a chance to take…
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
OTTAWA—The great thing about the first two years of a new government is that people are willing to cut the team a lot of slack. The challenging thing about the last two years of the…

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