GPC - Paul faces July 20 no-confidence vote

GPC - Paul faces July 20 no-confidence vote

Postby Oscar » Wed Jun 30, 2021 4:03 pm

Annamie Paul faces July 20 non-confidence vote as Green Party lays off staff

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Paul is under fire for her defence of former adviser

David Thurton · CBC News · Posted: Jun 30, 2021

(PHOTO: Green Leader Annamie Paul faces another challenge to her leadership. Her party's interim federal council president announced a vote of non-confidence against the leader is back on the table. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press))

The Green Party will pursue a vote of non-confidence against its leader, Annamie Paul.

CBC News has obtained a party statement that says the party's governing body will hold a meeting on July 20 to vote on a motion of non-confidence. Interim party president Liana Canton Cusmano read the letter out today to a members' town hall meeting.

The letter says the party's council is moving to sanction Paul for "failing to openly condemn the actions of Noah Zatzman," Paul's former political adviser, who called out party members online who criticized Paul's position on the Middle East.

The move to oust Paul follows a similar attempt more than two weeks ago. On June 15, members of the federal party council instead issued an ultimatum to Paul. The letter Cusmano read to today's meeting says Paul failed to comply with the terms of that ultimatum and must now face the consequences.

"This vote of non-confidence is important and the most consequential thing that has ever been undertaken at the Green Party of Canada," the letter states. "We do not take this matter or the decision to hold this vote lightly."

For the vote of non-confidence to succeed, 75 per cent of council members will have to vote in favour on July 20. If that happens, Green Party members have the final say at an August 21 general meeting.

Zatzman issued a statement calling today's action "further evidence of an organization whose leadership fosters a culture of systemic antisemitism and discrimination."

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