Annie Paul is stepping down as leader of the Green Party of Canada.
Ms Paul announced her resignation during a news conference in Toronto on Monday, saying she would not seek to retain her position, which will be reviewed in six months.
“I don’t have the heart for it,” she said, citing conflict within the party – particularly with the federal council that controls it.
“When I was selected, in this role, I was breaking a glass ceiling. What I didn’t realize at the time was that I was breaking a glass ceiling that was about to fall on my head and leaving lots of glass pieces that I would have to crawl through throughout my time as leader, “He said .
“To those Green Party members who have called on me to attack and organize an organization against me and suggest that I am part of a conspiracy against the party, you can rest a little. But please know that there are many more people like me than you and you will not succeed in the end.”
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He warned the members of the ongoing struggle for the soul of the party.
After this she left from there without questioning the media.
Ms Paul, a lawyer, was elected leader of the Green Party in October 2020, replacing interim leader Jo-Ann Roberts and party leader Elizabeth May from 2006 to 2019.
She failed to win a seat in the most recent federal election, finishing fourth in the Toronto Center.
The national picture was equally grim. The Greens saw their share of the popular vote fall from 6.55 percent to 2.3 percent in 2019. Although they won a seat in Ontario – Mike Morris was the winner at the Kitchener Center – they lost Vancouver Island riding Nanaimo-Ladysmith, one of two seats held at the disbandment.
Fundraising challenges meant that while other party leaders traveled widely across Canada in search of votes, Ms Paul rarely left the Toronto Center.
Limited campaign efforts were followed by months of conflict between Ms Paul and members of the party’s governing Federal Council, which repeatedly called for her ouster.
Also, the Greens only nominated candidates in 252 ridings, not all 338.
The embattled Green leader would have faced a leadership review within six months, as is routine after a federal election, and would have needed to garner 60 percent support to keep his job.
Prior to the election, the Greens had lost their only seat outside British Columbia. Jenika Atwin, who won the Frederickton ride in 2019, lost to the Liberals in June. She remained in this seat in last week’s election.
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