She’s only been on the job since October, but the knives are already out for Green Party leader Annamie Paul.
CBC is reporting the party’s federal council will hold a vote Tuesday night on whether to trigger a complex 30-day process under the party’s constitution to remove Paul as leader.
If triggered, the council will meet again on July 15 and if 75% 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, said CBC.
The Green crisis comes in the wake of Frederickton MP Jenica Atwin, who crossed the floor last week to join the Liberals.
Atwin said on CTV’s Question Period on Sunday her floor-crossing was, in part, due to a dispute over the party’s stance on Israel.
Atwin last month accused Israel of being an apartheid state and said Paul’s position on Israel was “totally inadequate.”
That led to the Quebec wing of the party calling for Paul to go.
Originally, it was a lengthy process and close vote that installed Paul as leader.
Last October at a leadership convention, 54% of the vote on the eighth ballot; 2,009 votes separated her and runner up Dimitri Lascaris.
“I believe I have been given a strong mandate. I believe I have been given the instructions to work on behalf of Canadians for a green recovery,” Paul told reporters Tuesday in Ottawa.
“There are those (who) are going to continue to support others, including some of the other candidates who ran, and I would just encourage them again to respect the will of the members who made it very clear who they were seeking to have lead them at this point.”
Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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