In June 1985, she was one of the protagonists of a famous incident in the House of Commons evoked in this biographical report by journalist Daniel Lessard dated January 27, 1999.
Sheila Copps then received an extremely sexist comment in the face during an exchange in English from the Minister of Justice of Canada, John Crosbie.
The latter has just ordered him to calm down by calling him 'my baby'.
Furious, the MP retorts to the Minister of Justice “that she is a duly elected member of the Parliament of Canada”, that she is no one’s baby, and that she demands an apology.
She even confronted John Crosbie in the foyer of the House of Commons, explaining to him that his comments were deeply degrading to her and all women.
This altercation – and other spectacular gestures by Sheila Copps against male ministers in Brian Mulroney’s government – earned her the darling of several Canadian feminists.
I think there are a lot of women who don't enter into politics because they think that they should choose between a family and being in politics […] I hope to demonstrate that it is possible, as many women do, to have two careers.< /p>A quote from Sheila Copps, 1987
It was in 1987 that Sheila Copps broke what was then her first glass ceiling in the House of Commons.