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March 9, 2004

In a December interview with Hamilton's CHCH-TV,
Sheila Copps complained that Paul Martin was trying to
drive her, other women and other Martin opponents out
of the Liberal caucus. On January 14, 2004 she
suggested that she could campaign for the New
Democratic Party in the upcoming election if Valeri won
the Liberal nomination. Copps later retracted this threat.

On March 6, 2004, Tony Valeri defeated Copps in the
nomination battle by 2,802 votes to 2,491. Copps
alleged improprieties in the nomination process and the
conduct of the vote, and called on various authorities to
investigate. She initially appealed the vote results to the
Liberal Party of Canada. Her appeal was late as it was
filed beyond the 72 hour deadline after the
commencement of the nomination meeting, but the
Appeals Commission of the Liberal Party waived the
deadline. Nevertheless, Copps dropped the appeal on
March 29, alleging a lack of transparency in the process.
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