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Winter’s coming, I’m in Mexico

Opinion|By Sheila Copps
I've travelled south and am currently coviding in 30-degree temperatures on the sunny beaches of Mexico. To be clear, we left home two weeks before the government issued an anti-travel advisory to all seniors last week.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The silence hovering over the Republican Party after Donald Trump's loss may be working in Washington, but in the rest of the world, it's exposing the country’s claim to democracy as a sorry charade.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Donald Trump's failings and disgraces as president haven't shaken his core supporters, but they likely lost him his second term.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Hopefully, Quebecers will not fall for this blatant attempt to rewrite history.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Two confidence votes, two near misses in two weeks prepares voters for the fact that an election will come sooner rather than later.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Even if Donald Trump is defeated on Nov. 3, and that is by no means a certainty, the differences that mark our two countries will only continue to grow.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
If elected on Nov. 3, Kamala Harris is literally a step away from the president’s job. Her boss is already 77 years old and has mused about serving one term. Maybe that is why she is always smiling.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The COVID-19 story could spawn sympathy for the president. More likely, it will simply reinforce Donald Trump’s disastrous response to a world pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 of his fellow citizens.
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Opinion|By Sheila Copps
In a minority situation, an election can happen at any time if parties clash on spending priorities. But these are not ordinary times. In the middle of a pandemic, even getting to the polls is complicated.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
She was the half that made Jean Chrétien whole.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The death of WE in Canada will kill any momentum that the opposition parties are seeking to pump up. But don’t expect them to stop trying. The program was killed, the finance minister is gone, and so is WE.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Fiscal conservatism may be a Tory badge of honour, but Erin O'Toole's challenge is to reach Canadians in the moderate middle.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
If Erin O'Toole really wants to appeal to non-traditional Conservatives, he will have to cut ties with social conservatives and the far right.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Bill Morneau was never after Justin Trudeau’s job. From the beginning, Morneau seemed ill at ease with the thrust and parry of political life.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Kamala Harris and Joe Biden will be an unbeatable ticket in the United States as Donald Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic has caused him continued erosion within his own party.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Erin O’Toole's fundraising in the second quarter was $1.24-million with Peter MacKay's raising $1.16-million. The difference is not that great, but the momentum shift definitely favours O’Toole.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Canadians are miffed by the WE mess, but they are still willing to give the prime minister the benefit of the doubt. Their patience is wearing thin.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
What started out as a potential logistical glitch in the speedy rollout of government COVID-based aid is turning into a massive headache that could cause permanent damage to the government.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet has vigorously denied the allegations and challenged his accuser to go to the police so charges can be tested in a court of law.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The COVID-19 crisis has actually encouraged many cyberspace luddites to start using their computers instead of their cars to go shopping.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
But the full return of Parliament will also focus more attention on Liberal mistakes, as the opposition parties will do their best to change the channel away from COVID solidarity.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Modern technology makes campaigns easier to organize but also easier to infiltrate.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Our failing grade on international aid and peacekeeping were part of the reason that Canada did not succeed. The other part had to do with strategy.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
With an under-functioning Parliament and a flattened COVID curve, the government needs to pivot quickly, or any hope of an early election majority may simply be wishful thinking.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The only way that the United States can take back its streets and its dignity is by making sure that Donald Trump is thrashed in the November presidential election.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Lame duck leader Andrew Scheer continues to shoot from the lip in his criticisms of everything the government is doing to minimize impacts of the COVID-19 world pandemic.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
When we say we respect elders, the time has come to prove it. Giving the federal public health agency authority to nationally accredit nursing homes would be a good start.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
The government has done a lot right since this crisis began, but letting airlines keep Canadians' money isn't right.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Courageous, when she told the country successive governments had neglected their responsibilities by not investing in pandemic preparation; dangerous because Canadians will blame current governments when things go wrong.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
As long as Donald Trump is in office, he will continue to promote despots and dictators over democrats. He would rather befriend Russian president Vladimir Putin and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Opinion|By Sheila Copps
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is getting an early shot at the new form of communication. Self-isolation has not prevented him from getting his message out.

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