Annamie Paul, first Black girl to steer a federal celebration in Canada, resigns as chief after poor vote outcomes final week.
The top of the Inexperienced Social gathering of Canada, Annamie Paul, has introduced that she is stepping down after failing to win a seat in final week’s federal election and main the celebration to disappointing general outcomes.
Chatting with reporters on Monday, Paul – the primary Black and Jewish girl to steer a federal celebration in Canada’s historical past – mentioned she was knowledgeable shortly after the September 20 vote that the Greens have been launching a evaluate of her management.
“I simply requested myself whether or not that is one thing that I needed to proceed, whether or not I used to be keen to proceed to place up with the assaults I knew can be coming, whether or not to proceed to should combat and battle simply to fulfil my democratically elected position as chief of this celebration,” she mentioned.
“I simply don’t have the guts for it.”
Paul grew to become the primary Black girl to steer a federal celebration in Canada after beating out seven different candidates on October 3 final 12 months, succeeding Elizabeth Might, who led the Greens for 13 years.
However she has for months been in a battle with the celebration’s federal council, which tried to take away her earlier than the election. The celebration didn’t present funding for Paul to rent a marketing campaign employees or a nationwide marketing campaign supervisor.
She additionally was the one federal celebration chief who didn’t maintain a seat in Parliament heading into the September 20 election, by which she was making an attempt to get elected in Canada’s smallest and most densely populated constituency, Toronto Centre.
However the 48-year-old, who did not win a by-election in that driving in late October 2020, finally completed fourth with solely 8.5 p.c help in final week’s vote.
“After I was elected and put on this position, I used to be breaking a glass ceiling,” Paul mentioned on Monday.
“What I didn’t realise on the time is that I used to be breaking a glass ceiling that was going to fall on my head and go away lots of shards of glass that I used to be going to should crawl over all through my time as a pacesetter.”
She additionally known as her time as celebration chief “the worst interval” in her life.
The Greens – who campaigned on a promise to enact powerful measures to sort out the local weather disaster, a high precedence for Canadians – had a disappointing displaying within the latest election, profitable solely two seats within the 338-seat Home of Commons – down from three within the final vote in 2019.
The celebration additionally solely gained 2.3 p.c of the favored vote this time – a drop of 4 share factors in contrast with two years in the past.