Annamie Paul officially resigns as leader of the Greens and will terminate her party membership


Annamie Paul has given formal notice of her resignation as leader of the Green Party of Canada and says she will also terminate her membership in the party.

“It has been an honor to work for Canadians and I look forward to serving in new ways,” she said today in a social media post.

Party sources told Radio-Canada and CBC News that Paul sent a letter of resignation to the Green Party Fund, triggering a termination clause under his contract that will take effect in 30 days. If the fund chooses to terminate Paul immediately, he will owe his salary for the 30 days, the sources say.

Paul announced on September 27 that she would step down as leader of the Green Party after a poor performance in the summer federal election.

She ran for a seat in the Liberal stronghold of Toronto Center, where she finished a distant fourth. His party won two seats in September.

Paul was facing a management review despite the announcement that she was resigning from her leadership position.

“I just wondered if this was something I wanted to continue, if I was ready to endure the attacks I knew would come, if I should keep fighting and struggling just to fulfill my democratically elected role as leader of that party, “Paul told reporters in Toronto days after the election. “I just don’t have the heart for this.”

Paul’s departure delayed because his lawyer was negotiating with party lawyers to settle a legal dispute, sources say told CBC News last month.

Internal conflict over Israel

Paul was chosen to lead the party last October, making history as the first Jewish woman and black person elected to lead a major federal party.

In her post-election press conference, she described her stint as a leader as “the worst time of my life” in many ways.

“What people need to understand is that when I was elected and appointed to this position, I was breaking a glass ceiling. What I didn’t know at the time was that I was breaking a ceiling. glass that was going to fall on my head and leave a lot of shards of glass that I was going to have to crawl on throughout my tenure as leader, “she said.

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Sources told CBC News last month, that Paul and the party negotiated compensation for legal fees she incurred in attempting to remove her from her position as leader last summer.

Some members of the Federal Green Council attempted to trigger a leadership review in July after Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin handed over to the Liberals.

Atwin joined the liberal benches shortly after criticizing Paul’s response to violence in the Middle East as “wholly inadequate” and accused Israel of pursuing a policy of apartheid.

Paul issued a statement in May calling for a de-escalation and a return to dialogue.

Paul’s political adviser at the time, Noah Zatzman, took to Facebook to accuse politicians, including unspecified Green MPs, of discrimination and anti-Semitism.

“We will work to defeat you and bring in progressive climate champions who are anti-afa and pro LGBT and pro indigenous and Zionist sovereignty !!!!!” he said in a post posted in May on social media.

Paul did not respond to a request from the federal party council to publicly repudiate Zatzman’s comments.

Paul told reporters after the election that unnamed senior members of the party “took great pleasure in attacking me” and suggested that was the reason the party had malfunctioned. She also said that the national council had withheld the financial resources she needed.

“You don’t have to be a scientist to know that when you’re heading for an election without funding for your campaign; when you’re heading into an election without the staff to staff your campaign; when you are heading for an election without a national campaign manager; when you are heading into an election being again under threat of legal action from your party, it will be very difficult to convince people to vote for your party, ”said Paul.

His departure will pave the way for the Green Party to choose an interim leader and plan a new leadership race.


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