This week, Annamie Paul announced that she will be stepping down as leader of the Green Party, following months of infighting and disappointing results in last week’s election.
Paul described her embattled tenure as leader as “the worst period of my life,” and has blamed “racism” and “sexism” as underlying the attacks against her leadership. On the other hand, back in May, some in the party strongly criticized Paul’s lacklustre statements regarding Israeli airstrikes against the people of Palestine, and refusal to distance herself from a staffer who called for the replacement of Green MPs who called out Israeli apartheid.
Following this dispute, former Green MP Jenica Atwin crossed the floor to join the Liberals.
With so much division, it is perhaps not surprising that the Greens’ popular vote share plummeted to 2.3 per cent. And although the party picked up a seat in Kitchener, thanks largely to the withdrawal of the Liberal candidate in that riding, the Greens lost MP Paul Manly in Nanaimo-Ladysmith.
Questions remain about who will take over as the Greens’ interim leader, and who will enter the race to take over the party’s top job permanently. We spoke to former Green Party leadership candidate and self-described eco-socialist Dimitri Lascaris, who is considering running again for the party's top job.
Green Party members vote to support "bold" and "progressive" policies:
35% of Canadians would like to see a move away from capitalism:
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