Nobody's baby is prepared to go back to being a
nobody -- as Pierre Trudeau once labelled backbench MPs --
if that's what it takes to remain the MP for
Sheila Copps, whose second, faint-hope bid to win the Liberal
crown limped to its predictable conclusion yesterday, seems almost cheerful
about losing the national party leadership.
She professes indifference to the possibility of losing the profile,
power and perks that go with being a cabinet minister,
although some of her supporters haven't given up hope on
But after three years in the Ontario legislature and 19
in the federal spotlight, the 50-year-old Canadian Heritage minister simply
can't imagine life without politics.
"Hey, it's the most incredible way to help grow Canada,"
Copps enthused in a recent interview.
She rattles off a list of projects she's been working
on in Hamilton: opening up the waterfront, restoring the decaying
downtown, moving the historic HMCS Haida to Hamilton.
"All the work I'm doing there continues. Even as we
speak, I was working yesterday on a proposal to get
a submarine to Hamilton. So I never stop," she said,
laughing at her determination to create what's been dubbed "Sheila's
navy" in her hometown. Source.