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Trump alienates allies on his own calling for defence boost

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.
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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.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The only way to stop poison spewing from hate sites is to shut them down and deny the cover of anonymity to potential perpetrators. That would be a noble outcome of the horrific Toronto tragedy.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Political disputes between Alberta and British Columbia and the opening salvos of the Ontario election left most spectators wondering how low politics could go.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Reading post-convention tea leaves will be the job of bureaucrats, lobbyists, opposition parties and policy makers. The aftermath of the weekend will focus on which parts of the policy platform will make the election cut. A national pharmacare plan, supported by the caucus, and the Ontario and British Columbia wings of the party, will likely lead the pack.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Today’s Toronto Pride ban is damaging an inclusive celebration of diversity. Pride is repeating the very history that it claims to abhor.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
What most voters do not realize, is that the real targeting work is done long before anyone ever knocks on your door. Data mining permits political campaigns to dig deeply and understand exactly what each individual voter wants.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Buyer beware, Facebook postings will be mined by less than honest marketers. And that includes politicians.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Ontarians want change but may fear the kind of change that Doug Ford would bring. Fear and loathing will be undeniable factors in the next election. But a campaign based on policy would favour the Kathleen Wynne.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
So why does everyone know so much about Rosa Parks and so little about Viola Desmond?Could it be that the racism which was pervasive in Canada during Desmond’s life, was swept under the rug or minimized?
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Political observers may downplay the importance of a women’s budget. But those of us who witnessed the equality stall under Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper aren’t likely to let it happen again.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
In the world of Canadian realpolitik, Sikh organizers can mean the difference between winning and losing a leadership or an urban nomination battle.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
It is incomprehensible how many women on Fox and CNN news networks appear to have breast enhancements, bottled hair and perfectly toned bare arms. Can you imagine Peter Mansbridge reading the news in a muscle shirt? The idea is laughable.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
If the first instinct of our prime minister is to push the envelope for inclusive language change, I say go for it. No apology necessary.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Me-too mantra says all accusers must be believed. But when the facts are faceless or uncorroborated, what happens to fairness? The second element of confusion stems from the definition of sexual harassment.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Ontario may go to the polls next June with a woman leader in every party. In a curious twist, last week’s harassment allegation may put a woman in the premier’s chair.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Usually, decision documents referred to cabinet include three potential options for approval. One is too hot, one is too cold, and one is just right. The middle ground tends to represent the choice of perfect porridge in the story of Goldilocks. In the draft version of carbon pricing, Liberals obviously opted for the not-too-hot and not-too-cold approach.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The ugly showdown between Unifor and Tim Hortons shows just how far this iconic donut shop has drifted from its humble beginnings on Ottawa Street in east Hamilton.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
This may seem counterintuitive, as their charismatic leader is still the Liberals’ best weapon. But the longer he stays in politics, the more Justin Trudeau runs the risk of becoming just another boring politico.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Mid-term report cards on the governing Liberals have been flagging. They were unanimous in predicting the honeymoon was over. But four byelections in other parts of the country told a different story.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Last week, the AFN announced the formation of a committee to study how aboriginal territories will implement their own regulations.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
As long as Bill Morneau is holding the reins at finance, the questions about his personal wealth and (now divested) family earnings will keep coming. The minister is a moving target for the Conservatives and the NDP.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
With passage of a labour bill hiking the hourly minimum wage to $15, Kathleen Wynne set the stage for an election showdown with the Conservatives. 

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