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Stories by Sheila Copps

Only in Canada, it’s considered weakness to recruit a former PM to help solve the Huawei problem

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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Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The hardline, anti-Ottawa stance by Jason Kenney and Doug Ford should help Justin Trudeau make inroads with women and young voters, two key elements to his last majority.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
That means responding quickly and forcefully to false opposition claims and moving aggressively on a progressive policy agenda.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The former justice minister's actions show that protecting the prime minister wasn't her priority.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
While Justin Trudeau's own house is burning around him, the PM continues to claim that all is well in Liberal land and he welcomes the input of two former ministers who have engaged in the death of a thousand cuts.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Celina Caesar-Chavannes left the Liberal caucus after publicly challenging the character of the leader. Her two former cabinet colleagues should follow suit.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Jody Wilson-Raybould could call a press conference immediately to respond to all questions related to her time in cabinet after she was transferred out of the justice portfolio.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Sunny days are here again. But they are not going to last long if Justin Trudeau doesn’t get some experienced advice on political damage control.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Based on her testimony before the House Justice Committee, it's clear the PM had no choice but to move her out. She cannot be trusted to sit in caucus where she could be note-taking for her next committee exposé.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Michael Wernick also pointed out that the first person to invoke privilege to limit to her testimony was the former minister herself.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
It's always tricky when a man is out in public repeatedly attacking a woman. The fact that Jody Wilson-Raybould was a star cabinet minister and first ever-Indigenous AG makes the strarategy even more questionable.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Paul Dewar was a national figure during his time in the House of Commons and he maintained that profile even in defeat.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Netflix insists that it should not be subject to the same regulations as other content carriers. The usual suspects are lining up on both sides of the Canadian content issue.
Canada has become the ham in the sandwich of a fight between China and the United States.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle was based on bad advice. Whoever recommended the demotion of Raybould-Wilson should bow out. Trudeau made the decision but, ultimately, hubris on the prime minister’s team is costing him.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Scott Brison has always had a great political antenna and, while he said his decision was family-based, his reflection had to include a review of the party’s political popularity meter in Nova Scotia.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Decisions to go to war, vigorous disagreement on whether the country should even stay together—all have provided emotional raw material for building Canada. But many of the key battles were not between parties, but between factions in a single party.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
By pushing a favourite off playlists, those who deem the lyrics improper are applying their own narrow, sexist lens, the same lens that used to characterize society’s negative view of sexually active unmarried women.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
It is not just a question of prioritizing the university. The most egregious mistake by the new Ford government was the decision to eliminate the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
In 1946, Viola Desmond was convicted because she was a black woman determined to exercise her right to full equality. Transgendered people are still denied full equality, and their cause suffered a setbback last week.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
With or without Donald Trump and Theresa May, Asia is the way of the future.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Washington’s mid-course correction will make politics uglier. It's hard to believe it could get any worse.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
But even if citizens swallow the uncertainty and vote to host the games, the road to 2026 will be very long indeed.
Opinion|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.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Legal pot is one promise with benefits. Communities and government coffers will both prosper as a result of this world-breaking government decision.

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