Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Look at the Political Career of Veteran Former Liberal MP Sheila Copps

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Look at the Political Career of Veteran Former Liberal MP Sheila Copps

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The career of Sheila Copps, at a glance

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OTTAWA - Born: Hamilton, Ont., Nov. 27, 1952. Daughter of popular, longtime Hamilton mayor Vic Copps.

Educated: BA from the University of Western Ontario.

Private career: Had stints as a journalist in Hamilton and Ottawa.

Provincial politics: Ran unsuccessfully for an Ontario legislature seat in 1977. Took a job working with then-Liberal leader Stuart Smith. Won a seat in 1981 and lost a bid for the Liberal leadership in 1982. Jumped to federal politics in 1984.

Federal politics: Went against the tide and won a seat in the House of Commons in the Brian Mulroney 1984 Conservative landslide election. Along with a handful of other young, Liberal MPs, she was part of what was known as the "Rat Pack," named for their aggressive needling in question period. Published an autobiography, "Nobody's Baby," in 1986. Re-elected in 1988. Lost a leadership bid in 1990. Re-elected as part of a Liberal government in 1993, named deputy prime minister and environment minister. …

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