Elizabeth May stepping down as Green Party leader

Nov 4 2019, 10:12 am

The leader of Canada’s Green Party has announced she is stepping down from her position.

During a press conference on Monday morning, Elizabeth May declared that effective today, she is no longer the party leader.

“I want to make sure that when I leave… we’ve got momentum, we’ve got growth, we’ve got exciting leadership, and I know we will have all of these,” she said.

She then immediately named Jo-Ann Roberts as the new “acting leader” of the party.

May said she will stay in as parliamentary leader of the Green Party caucus until the leadership convention next October, which will be held in Charlottetown, PEI.

“This is not something that is a new decision,” she said. “I promised my daughter, in about 2016, when I decided I was going to have to stay on through the 2019 election, I absolutely swore to her it would be the last one.”

By October 4, 2020, she furthered, “Canadians will know who the best choice is, going into an election campaign, the Greens will have a new leader, a large and invigorated membership, with me still running, but not as leader.”

May added that she is “very excited” about today’s announcement.

“I wanted to choose a moment when we had had a lot of success before leaving,” she said.

May is the MP for Saanich–Gulf Islands. Originally from Cape Breton, May moved to BC in 2010.

On May 2, 2011, she became the first member of the Green Party of Canada to be elected as a Member of Parliament/ She was re-elected in 2015, and again in 2019.

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