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Stories by Sheila Copps

Ranked preferential ballot is the way to go if we want to elect a government supported by majority of Canadians

Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The method of choosing the Speaker is of little interest to the broad Canadian public. That’s a pity because the ranked preferential ballot could fix one of the major problems in Canada’s modern, fragmented democracy.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau obviously got the message that was delivered in the minority victory. He needs to reach out to Team Liberal, instead of simply selling the country on Team Trudeau.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
And her success or failure could determine the fate of this minority government.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The American political system is so broken that intelligent citizens are already turning a deaf ear to testimony they do not want to hear.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Andrew Scheer has more than a communications problem. He has a substance problem and so does his party. The April reckoning in Toronto will bring it to a head.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Progressives have largely fled the party and Peter MacKay is stuck with trying to convince current Conservatives that the party needs to veer to the left.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Like everyone, I am anxiously awaiting the Monday's election outcome. And on Monday evening, I am taking a break from that vicious medium, Twitter.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The bottom line is that when you are literally one turkey dinner away from the vote, the last thing Andrew Scheer needs is public speculation about who will replace him when he loses.
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Opinion|By Sheila Copps
It is tough to keep anti-choice candidates motivated if the leader refuses to guarantee their right to introduce anti-abortion private members' bills.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Just last week, the Liberals and the New Democrats both launched their environmental platforms. But analysis of those platforms did not even manage to make the front page of most newspapers.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
National debates need competing viewpoints. This is really the only time when ordinary Canadians get an insider’s glimpse at what makes political parties tick. You don’t have to agree with any of them.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
To avoid undue election influence, the RCMP has announced it will not be investigating anything during the writ period. That fact was buried in The Globe story.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Back in '80s, we didn’t hate each other in the House. But the civility marking those years is gone today.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Many of the Brexiteers voted 'Leave' over immigration, but few in the U.K.—and Canada—seem to understand how vital immigration is for economic growth.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Maxime Bernier's ideas should be defeated at the ballot box, not in the back rooms of the Leaders' Debates Commission.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Most Canadians have tuned out, and things are still looking up for the Liberals in Quebec.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
With the continual barrage of mass shootings in the U.S., the issue is not likely to go away. Almost weekly incidents of gun violence in Toronto guarantee that Liberals will not be able to dodge the question.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The decision by the commissioner of Canada Elections to go ahead with a date that conflicts with an orthodox Jewish holiday is bad.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The book launch guarantees that Jody Wilson-Raybould's story will dominate the news, ensuring the Liberals receive more criticism for their faulty handling of the file.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
A party race does not necessarily guarantee a more democratic outcome.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Four months ago, the election question would have been on trust, mistrust of the prime minister because of his handling of the SNC-Lavalin request for a deferred prosecution agreement. Not now.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Legal appointments are political. So it's unsurprising that in a province of 761,000 people, Liberal MP Dominic LeBlanc has a personal connection to almost every legal appointment made during his time in government.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
This fall, Twitter and Facebook advertising influence will probably outstrip the combined effect of radio and television.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
But by refusing to put a price on his plan, and by assuming that technology alone will bridge the carbon gap, Andrew Scheer's plan runs counter to advice from environmentalists and economists.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The best outcome would be to resolve the case, with Meng’s return to China. It would free Liberals to focus on electoral issues, not international irritants. If it takes a former PM to get us there, so be it.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The decision of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to keep Michael Cooper in his caucus will cost him dearly.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer says he supports equality for women. But his actions, and those of his party, tell a different story.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Overexposure probably explains why no other media outlet even bothered to cover the Sun front-page story. There was no exposé.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Tory growth appears to be slowing. Canadians are asking about Andrew Scheer’s right-wing alliance with Doug Ford and Jason Kenney. That leaves an opening for the Liberals.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
To win, Justin Trudeau needs the Herb Gray crowd. He should listen to political elders, privately spilling their guts about feeling excluded. A small tent reaps a small voter turnout. A small turnout spells defeat.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Why would the Parliament of Canada endorse a leadership summit that limits participation on the basis of religion?
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
But no one can deny that Justin Trudeau has been more committed to action than any predecessor.

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