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Stories by Sheila Copps

Joly treading on dangerous ground with white paper on official languages

Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Quebecers will band together to promote French and governments need to have their back. But not at the expense of francophones in the rest of Canada.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Whatever happens in the RCMP action, Senator Mike Duffy considers this public pursuit of justice the cornerstone of his time in Parliament. He's set to retire from the Senate on May 27, 2021.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Voters are always happier in the spring and the economic fallout won’t yet be felt.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The Governor General’s appointment, while generally time-limited, is always 'at pleasure,' which means the office-holder can be let go at any time.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Last week’s world conference was an opportunity to refocus global attention on the long-term challenges we face if the planet fails to curb coastal erosion and land degradation.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The American claim to 'exceptionalism' and its history of support for democracy around the world has been delivered a severe blow.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Without Alfonso Gagliano in Quebec and Ron Irwin in Ontario, Jean Chrétien’s almost unprecedented majority three-peat would never have happened.
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Opinion|By Sheila Copps
By procuring almost one-quarter million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the government will be able to start distribution immediately so that frontline workers and the vulnerable elderly will get protection.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The anti-gay and anti-choice views that formed the basis of his campaign for the Conservative leadership were bad enough.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
When leaders act in a polarizing manner, they will breed polarization in the general population. 
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Putting Canadian jobs first would also ensure that when it comes to vaccines, we are not at the back of the line.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
I've travelled south and am currently coviding in 30-degree temperatures on the sunny beaches of Mexico. To be clear, we left home two weeks before the government issued an anti-travel advisory to all seniors last week.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The silence hovering over the Republican Party after Donald Trump's loss may be working in Washington, but in the rest of the world, it's exposing the country’s claim to democracy as a sorry charade.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Donald Trump's failings and disgraces as president haven't shaken his core supporters, but they likely lost him his second term.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Hopefully, Quebecers will not fall for this blatant attempt to rewrite history.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Two confidence votes, two near misses in two weeks prepares voters for the fact that an election will come sooner rather than later.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Even if Donald Trump is defeated on Nov. 3, and that is by no means a certainty, the differences that mark our two countries will only continue to grow.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
If elected on Nov. 3, Kamala Harris is literally a step away from the president’s job. Her boss is already 77 years old and has mused about serving one term. Maybe that is why she is always smiling.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The COVID-19 story could spawn sympathy for the president. More likely, it will simply reinforce Donald Trump’s disastrous response to a world pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 of his fellow citizens.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
In a minority situation, an election can happen at any time if parties clash on spending priorities. But these are not ordinary times. In the middle of a pandemic, even getting to the polls is complicated.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
She was the half that made Jean Chrétien whole.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The death of WE in Canada will kill any momentum that the opposition parties are seeking to pump up. But don’t expect them to stop trying. The program was killed, the finance minister is gone, and so is WE.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Fiscal conservatism may be a Tory badge of honour, but Erin O'Toole's challenge is to reach Canadians in the moderate middle.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
If Erin O'Toole really wants to appeal to non-traditional Conservatives, he will have to cut ties with social conservatives and the far right.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Bill Morneau was never after Justin Trudeau’s job. From the beginning, Morneau seemed ill at ease with the thrust and parry of political life.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Kamala Harris and Joe Biden will be an unbeatable ticket in the United States as Donald Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic has caused him continued erosion within his own party.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Erin O’Toole's fundraising in the second quarter was $1.24-million with Peter MacKay's raising $1.16-million. The difference is not that great, but the momentum shift definitely favours O’Toole.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Canadians are miffed by the WE mess, but they are still willing to give the prime minister the benefit of the doubt. Their patience is wearing thin.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
What started out as a potential logistical glitch in the speedy rollout of government COVID-based aid is turning into a massive headache that could cause permanent damage to the government.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet has vigorously denied the allegations and challenged his accuser to go to the police so charges can be tested in a court of law.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The COVID-19 crisis has actually encouraged many cyberspace luddites to start using their computers instead of their cars to go shopping.

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