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Mansbridge One on One: Sheila Copps

The Story

"A prime minister is not made on the back of a predecessor," explains Sheila Copps in this 2003 episode of Mansbridge One on One. A main contender in the federal Liberal leadership race, the outspoken politician joins Peter Mansbridge with details on her bid to succeed Prime Minister Jean Chrétien as head of the party. Promising to bring change to Canada, Copps describes why her distinctive approach makes her the best person to lead the nation.

Medium: Television
Program: Mansbridge One on One
Broadcast Date: May 3, 2003
Guest: Sheila Copps
Interviewer: Peter Mansbridge
Duration: 22:09

Did You know?

• Born on Nov. 27, 1952 to Canadian politicians Victor and Geraldine Copps, Sheila Maureen Copps started her career as a print journalist.

• While employed at the Hamilton Spectator, she volunteered to run as a sacrifice candidate for the Ontario Liberals in a riding they didn't expect to win. Copps wound up placing just 14 votes behind the winner, prompting her decision to enter politics on a full-time basis.

• Copps was once a member of Canada's political "Rat Pack" alongside fellow MPs John Nunziata and Don Boudria. The Liberal Party trio is best remembered for its brash opposition to federal Conservatives during question period.

• During the 2003 Liberal convention, Copps conceded to Paul Martin. The following year, she lost the Liberal seat for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.

• In 2005, Copps returned to journalism to host the syndicated radio talk show, Weekends with Sheila.


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