Nevertheless the event - which is projected to be such a hit that CPAC is going to broadcast it live - could be a turning point for Ms Copps, the party and perhaps the future Next Face candidates as they rally to support the embattled and former Deputy Prime Minister.
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"...The Toronto function at The King Edward Hotel is being billed as a kiss-and-make-up event for Copps, who now writes a column for the SunMedia chain. It's hoped it will help heal wounds left over from the Copps-Valeri battle, which pitted a supporter of Jean Chretien against a Martin backer. Copps, who ran against Martin for the party leadership, held the riding of Hamilton East for two decades.
Organizer and MP Paul Zed said last night more than 600 people have now bought tickets, including potential leadership contenders Bob Rae, Michael Ignatieff and Tony Ianno.
Zed said the event has taken on such a life of its own that the political channel CPAC will broadcast it live.
Zed believed a co-organizer had spoken to Valeri about attending the event, but he couldn't say what his response was. He said not having him and Paul Martin, who is away, in attendance may raise questions about the healing effort, but he said many former Martin cabinet ministers are coming.
"This is not about where we've been, but where we are going as a party. Everybody has issues, but that's in the past."