Green Leader Annamie Paul survives planned ouster, but post remains precarious

  • Green Leader Annamie Paul survives planned ouster, but post remains precarious

Green Leader Annamie Paul survives planned ouster, but post remains precarious

The leadership of the Green Party's Annamie Paul is safe - for now - after party brass decided late Tuesday not to kick-start a process that could have ultimately ousted her as leader of the party.

Lia Renaud resigned as one of the federal council's 15 members last night, telling The Canadian Press she "could not in good conscience continue" her support for Paul, but that she is still backing May and Manly.

Paul said this morning, before word broke of the federal council's motion, that Atwin's stated rationale for crossing the floor was a "completely manufactured reason" and noted that the MP said the Green leader was not a key factor in her departure.

Paul, the first Black woman elected to lead a mainstream federal party, said the document was "so racist, so sexist" that it was "immediately disavowed" by a majority of party brassand both Green MPs.

CBC News has reached out to Paul's office for comment.

"I would just encourage them again to respect the will of the members", Paul said Tuesday.

"To the prime minister, Justin Trudeau, you are no ally and you are no feminist", Paul said.

Paul said that while the party supports cross-party co-operation and rejects excessive partisanship, she said there are "significant differences" between the Green and Liberal parties and called Atwin's floor-crossing a "disappointment".

The federal council consists of 18 voting members, including the party leader, and one non-voting member, who's the interim executive director.

The resignations follow two others declared in the last few weeks, including John Kidder, a vice-president and May's husband. Atwin on Twitter has criticized Israel's treatment of Palestinians, while a senior adviser to Paul, Noah Zatzman, has posted on Facebook that some unspecified Green members of parliament are anti-Semitic. I stand with Palestine and condemn the unthinkable airstrikes in Gaza. She then adjusted her stance on Israel to align with the more moderate Liberal position on Monday.

Around the same time, Manly tweeted: "What is happening in East Jerusalem right now is ethnic cleansing".

"Unfortunately, the attack against Ms. Atwin by the Green Party leader's chief spokesperson on May 14th created the conditions that led to this crisis", the two said.

Neither May nor Manly responded to questions about Wednesday's events.

Tyrrell, who was one of more than a dozen contenders who initially signed on as leadership candidates, said Paul has failed to respect MP independence in a caucus that is not whipped.

Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin left the Greens earlier this month to joing the governing Liberals.

"She's learned some very tough lessons the hard way very publicly about the need to be in touch with people, know what they're thinking", Roberts said in an interview. "I think that the conflict has reached a point where it's hard for people to work within the party".

May also faced backlash from the grassroots after she resisted a vote by members in favour of a resolution supporting sanctions against Israel in 2016, Roberts noted. She accused Trudeau of trying to destabilize her party in way that damages the country's only female federal leader.

Tuesday night's decision follows a hard few weeks for the party, which has been ripped apart by internal disputes over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Operation Black Vote Canada said in a statement it was "disappointed and dismayed" to learn of the no-confidence motion. "Today's developments represent a step backward in that endeavour", the group said.