Elizabeth May told the Green Party to “united” ahead of the expected fall elections
Former Green Party leader Elizabeth May talked publicly about the internal strife of her party for the first time, urging opponents of leader Annamy Paul to truce with her allies before the widely anticipated fall elections.
“I fully support the Canadian Green Party, our values ??and our constitution,” she said in a media statement today. “Our leader is Anna M Paulo, and only our members have the right to question this.
“We need to work together to prepare for a seemingly imminent campaign.”
May’s comments came the day after Paul held a press conference in Toronto and urged opponents in her party to unite behind her in the upcoming election.
“I want to lead us to the next election. I want to provide my services to our members and Canada, and I hope that those who feel different will wait until a more appropriate time to take action,” Paul said on Monday.
The conflict between Paul and members of her party reached a crisis point in May, when violence in the Middle East escalated, Paul issued a statement calling for easing and resuming dialogue.
Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin left the Green Party to join the Liberal Party in June, calling Paul’s statement “completely insufficient.” Her departure left the Green Party with only two MPs.
Noah Zatzman, Paul’s political adviser at the time, stated in a Facebook post on May 14 that he had experienced anti-Semitism and discrimination in the party and criticized what he said was anti-Semitism. Politicians, including members of the Green Party.
He wrote that he would work to “introduce progressive climate advocates who oppose the law and support LGBT, indigenous sovereignty and Zionists!!!”
Federal Council and Paul
The party’s Federal Council told Paul that in order to avoid a vote of confidence, she must publicly deny Zatzman’s comments. She refused to do so, and the party now appears to be in a truce.
Nowadays, May told The Tyee She believes that failure to resolve Zatzman’s anti-Semitism directly led to Atwin’s defection.
“For me, it is very shocking to allow this to happen without him being condemned and immediately dismissed. This is not a gray area. This is for any office of any leader of any political party in any democratic history. It’s a serious illegal act for people, I can think about it,” May told Tai.
“This is very unacceptable. This is why we lost Jenica.”
In today’s statement, May said she was deeply disturbed by Atwin’s departure, and other members of the party felt the same-but “the subsequent wrongful anger, blame and insults caused even more damage than the incident itself. Bigger.”
May said that she had not publicized the conflict in the party before, because Paul asked her not to interfere, worrying that her 13 years at the helm of the party would have too much influence on the debate.
May also stated that she did not participate in the party’s internal disputes, nor did she hold any position in the party’s federal committee or any party’s subcommittee.
“The rumors have prompted the media to continue to ask for clarification on whether I play a role in party affairs. I have no official or unofficial role in any Green Party governing body,” May said.