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Stories by Sheila Copps

If only Centre Block’s walls could talk

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.
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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.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
When future generations hold exclusive ownership of ancestral cultural symbols, dissemination becomes limited and survival is threatened. The opportunity to grow a culture is dependent on cross-pollination and evolution.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
But the warning bells sounding for Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick Liberals are not currently tolling for the federal party.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The stunt Serena Williams pulled off was nothing short of professional bullying, reminiscent of her previous threat to kill a female Asian line referee for calling a foot fault.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
But the long-term implications of Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s unilateral political heist cannot be ignored.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Some think that the cultural exemption is only there to support the few. Nothing could be further from the truth. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to stand firm on this.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
If NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh loses the byelection in Burnaby South, more members of his caucus will likely opt not to run in 2019. But a win could trigger a national surge for the party.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Appealing to Canadians on ethnic or religious grounds is becoming less and less relevant, as cultures and races intermix in Canadian society.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The search and destroy mission targeting Sir John A. Macdonald, does nothing to redress past wrongs. Instead, it stokes the flames of division by refusing to embrace the true meaning of reconciliation.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Minimizing political oversight will not enhance services or reduce expenditures. It will merely concentrate power in fewer hands, eroding democracy in a process the current mayor has described as fundamentally flawed.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel’s abrasive questioning made for great television. But her vitriol actually detracted from any political message.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The good news is the majority of his ministerial choices have been sound. Most ministers have been able to move on an activist government agenda. His female roster is strong, capable, and in charge of their files.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Donald Trump's slash-and-burn geopolitics stokes the sort of chaos that drives the defence spending he has called for.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
By cutting government taxes on gasoline, Doug Ford is actually decreasing the envelope available for investment in public transit expansion across the province.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
When the mayor of Canada’s capital city decides to boycott the American ambassador’s annual Fourth of July picnic, you know the jig is up with the Yanks.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The Quebec byelection in a bell weather riding that has voted for every party in the 93 years since it was created, should ring alarm bells for the federal Liberals.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Michael Wernick has also decided to engage in a high-risk, high return game of 'gotcha' with the country’s most powerful number-cruncher.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
But once the writ was dropped, that door was closed. So given Wynne’s personal numbers, why was campaign messaging all about her?
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Protests will mostly be far away from the summit, and headlines will focus on what the political leaders are up to, not the protestors.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Kathleen Wynne’s unpopularity is palpable, deserved or not. In reality, she's done a pretty decent job as a leader. But her enemies have been very successful in casting her as the source of all that is evil in Ontario.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The bizarre juxtaposition of death and celebration was no accident. Israeli Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Information Gilad Erdan defended the deaths, telling Ynet News: 'We need to go back to targeted killings, and they need to go back to hiding underground and fearing for their lives, not organizing the masses to carry out terror attacks.'
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
While Donald Trump is slagging the media and creating his alternate fact universe, journalists around the globe are risking life and limb in multiple hotspots to get the story out.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
What actually happens in practice is another matter.

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