What future for the Green Party of Canada after several months of conflict?

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What future for the Green Party of Canada after several months of conflict?

The Green Party of Canada announced, in late September , the cancellation of the first ballot of his leadership race.

Nothing is going well for the Green Party of Canada, bogged down for more than a year in turf wars. It was against a backdrop of tensions that the political formation launched its leadership race on September 3 and, since then, the setbacks have only accumulated.

At the end of September, the party announced the cancellation of the first ballot of its leadership race, due to organizational problems. Voting will finally begin on November 12 and end a week later.

Six candidates face off; everyone recognizes that the last few years have been difficult, but everyone says they are ready to move forward.

Among the aspirants to the post of party leader is Elizabeth May, who led the party for 13 years.

Six leadership candidates have been endorsed by the Green Party. Top, left to right: Sarah Gabrielle Baron, Simon Gnocchini-Messier and Chad Walcott; bottom, left to right: Anna Keenan, Jonathan Pedneault and Elizabeth May.

The British Columbia MP then passed the torch in 2019. Today, the former -chief feels the need to return to service to calm the storm that is shaking his party and to put the environmental issue back at the heart of his political organization's mission.

I worked hard as a member of the House of Commons during my time as leader; now, I think we have to work harder, she says.

This time, Elizabeth May is proposing a team candidacy with Jonathan Pedneault, a Quebec documentary filmmaker. Their goal: to combine experience and renewal to rebuild the party.

There is a real desire on the part of the members for the party to recover, to be ready for the elections, says the 32-year-old candidate.

Despite infighting, members of the Green Party of Canada remain loyal to the party and hold it together arms, according to Jonathan Pedneault.

Chad Walcott and Anna Keenan have also chosen to start as two. They want to rebuild members' confidence in the authorities of the party, which they believe is going through a period of transition.

We want to focus, if we are elected, on equipping our members and share power, explains Chad Walcott, and then include as many people as possible in the decision-making process.

Not everyone presents as a duo and the return of the ex-chief is not unanimous. Although Simon Gnocchini-Messier, one of her opponents, thinks she is within her rights to run again, he believes the Green Party could benefit from new blood.

Elizabeth May stepped down as leader following the 2019 election, where three Green MPs were elected.< /p>

Me, that's why I decided to get into the leadership race, he says, to bring my knowledge, my experience and to ensure that the priorities of the party are put back in place , namely climate change, social justice, and that we work as a team, in collaboration, to succeed in advancing and growing the party in this direction.

Sarah Gabrielle Baron, who is also running alone, thinks it is time to give the organization a boost and bring participatory democracy back to the fore; at the risk of seeing the party bogged down further.

There are many greens who have left the party in recent years because they were waiting for me to show up. They are waiting for a leader who will give them powers.

The Green Party seemed to have the wind in its sails just a few years ago, but the election of Annamie Paul in 2020 brought simmering tensions to light. Exasperated, Jenica Atwin, one of the three MPs, slammed the door and crossed the Chamber to join the Liberals.

Federal Green Party Leader Annamie Paul finished fourth in the riding of Toronto Center in the 2021 election.

The leadership of the new chief was openly contested. Annamie Paul ran a tough campaign that ended with a disappointing result in the last federal election. The Greens won just 2.3% of the vote, the party's worst score in 20 years. The chef was pushed out.

Geneviève Tellier, a professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, notes that Annamie Paul was only part of the problem. She left, you felt that there were tensions within the Green Party and you finally realize – that's what it feels like – that these tensions are still there, she explains.

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Interim leader Amita Kuttner believes the tug of war between the leader, the federal council and the executive stems from the vagueness that exists over the roles, responsibilities and powers of each. This is absolutely something that can change, he believes. This problem can be solved by bringing clarity to everyone's responsibilities.

Amita Kuttner, a non-binary astrophysicist who is an expert on black holes, has been named by the Federal Council of Greens as interim leader of the Green Party of Canada.

Everyone is betting that the party will rise from the ashes, starting with Elizabeth May, campaigning for the post she gave up is three years old.

“Everyone loves the story of the comeback kid, someone who makes a rebirth after a disaster.

— Green Party leadership candidate Elizabeth May

Greens want to avoid writing the last chapter, especially at a time when the environment and climate change have become unavoidable political subjects.

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