Green Party Leader Annamie Paul rejects calls to resign, Report

Green Party Leader Annamie Paul attends a news conference in Ottawa in October 2020

Green Party Leader Annamie Paul attends a news conference in Ottawa in October 2020

Canada's Green Party leader Annamie Paul attends a vigil organised after four members of a Muslim family were killed in what police describe as a hate-motivated attack at London Muslim Mosque in London, Ontario, Canada, June 8, 2021.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Paul was asked to comment on the Quebec wing of the Green party, which is calling for her resignation. If 75 per cent of council members agree at that meeting to let a leadership vote go forward, party members could then vote to remove Paul from office through a motion at an annual general meeting. She said when she became leader, she "inherited the current set" of councillors, and that while many are committed to transforming the party to be more diverse, not everyone is.

"However, often when people like me are elected or appointed to senior leadership roles, the rules of the game seem to change", she said.

The flurry of accusations in the letter, obtained by the Canadian Press, was signed by six of 15 federal councillors and reveals the depth of the rift tearing the party apart.

The leader of Quebec's Green party, Alex Tyrrell, said the federal party's governing body is poised to kick off a process Tuesday night that aims to dethrone Paul less than a year after she won the leadership.

"In the case of a Black woman like myself, the most classic trope of all is that we are angry or we are aggressive", she said in an interview.

Dismissing the council's request stating that it's unnecessary because the staffer no longer works for her, Paul said she has no plans to heed these calls. "By their own admission in recent days, they have sought to sow division, and to create disarray within the Green Party of Canada for their own political advantage in key regions where Greens are surging".

"You are no ally, and you are no feminist", she said. She accused Trudeau of trying to destabilize her party in way that damages the country's only female federal leader.

The move follows months of internal strife over the party's direction and the leader's stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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The motion says that if Paul does not comply with the motion, she'll face a vote of non-confidence on July 20.

Officials were expected to hold a vote on whether to trigger a complex process under the party's constitution that could have declared no-confidence in Paul's leadership.

"Since her election as leader, Annamie Paul has acted with an autocratic attitude of hostility, superiority and rejection, failing to assume her duty to be an active, contributing, respectful, attentive member of federal council, failing to develop a collaborative working relationship, failing to engage in respectful discussions, and failing to use dialogue and compromise", the document claims.

The motion also calls for Paul to "explicitly support" the Green Party caucus.

In an interview last Thursday after Atwin joined the Liberals, Dimitri Lascaris, who ran against Paul for leadership of the party previous year, told iPolitics it was "imperative for the leader to get ahead of this", referring to the problems caused by Zatzman's Facebook post.

Green MP Jenica Atwin - who has since left the Green caucus to join the Liberals - ripped into Paul's statement on Twitter.

That post has since been deleted, though Atwin told CTV's "Question Period" on Sunday that "I certainly stand by what I'm saying".

On Wednesday, Paul stressed with reporters that she has never sanctioned any party members "for their views on any foreign policy matter", but said she also doesn't "agree with numerous views that have been expressed by our MPs, but they, of course, [are] welcome to express them". She said she regretted her choice of words and condemned antisemitism in a statement last week. "There are those who are not happy with the results, including others who ran (for the leadership), but there will be an automatic leadership review after the next election", Paul said.

Jo-Ann Roberts, who served as interim party leader for almost a year, said Paul is facing the "growing pains" of a party whose membership spans multiple factions, from fiscal conservatives to eco-socialists.

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