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Time has come for Liberals to get a spine on guns in Canada

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.
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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.
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.

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