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@BLMCanada has been silent about the abusive conduct from Green Party directors that led to Annamie Paul resigning as leader. It appears that because she’s pro-Israel, being Black is not good enough for them to care about her mistreatment. (Screencap: CBC)

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During the English language debate, Justin Trudeau responded to a hard jab that “a feminist doesn’t continue to push strong women out of his party” by responding to Annamie Paul: “you’ll perhaps understand I won’t take lessons on caucus management from you.” And thus one wonders if the Prime Minister will soon laud the Green Party MP’s and federal council as the pinnacle of feminist beacons, after the skids were greased out from under their leader this week.

“On the day of the election in the morning, the only email that I received from our council, from the president of our council, was an email calling for a meeting to launch an emergency leadership review,” Paul said in announcing her resignation. On Saturday night the council informed her a leadership review would begin and she chose to walk away, saying on Monday morning she could no longer “put up with the attacks” and “continue to struggle”. Thus, she terminated her political career, declaring “I just will not spend any more time focused on political games as opposed to public policy.”

“For those Green Party members who have taken great pleasure in attacking me, in calling for assaults against me, in calling for organization against me, in suggesting that I am part of a conspiracy against the party, you may take small comfort in this for a moment, please know there are many more people like me than you and you will not succeed in the end.”

Paul’s resignation comes after she finished fourth in her Toronto Centre riding behind Liberal incumbent Marci Ien, who had first defeated her in a 2020 byelection. It was the third loss in the riding in as many years. Meanwhile, former leader Elizabeth May (re-elected in her BC riding), portrayed herself as casting a glance from 50,000 feet- and therefore a prime candidate to become a ‘neutral’ interim leader – saying she’s “never seen the party so unprepared for an election.”

But May knows what was really behind the shambles. 

In a startlingly frank interview with CTV’s Evan Solomon, a party insider reminded him why “No national campaign manager was assigned and no money was spent on Toronto Centre or the national campaign.” 

Victoria Galea, executive assistant to Paul, confirmed that racism was an underlying issue (“Yes absolutely that occurred!”) and stated, “I think the party did not want to provide us with the money in order to siphon our success. There is absolutely no reason for them to lay off half of our staff including the entire leader’s office.”

She told Solomon that as fundraising had exceeded 2020 quarterly benchmarks –even during the floor-crossing antics of antisemitic MP Jennica Atwin, that “it was not a money inflow issue, it was a money mismanagement issue.”

“The previous federal council at every turn took the opportunity to undermine her. Every day we were waking up to some new issue,” Galea explained. “From Day 1 the federal council did not seek to have Annamie Paul’s success. The instance of course of Jennica leaving did act as a catalyst for these issues (but) I absolutely still think we would have ended up here, all roads led to this path when you’re not supported in your own party even though you were  democratically elected to be the leader.”

In that democratic election, members of the party chose Paul, a Jewish woman, as new leader to succeed May over a number of virulently anti-Israel and antisemitic challengers. “It has been the worst period of my life,” an emotional Paul told the media.

As for support for Paul from the former leader, Galea said, “it was lacking and I think that since then it has been deafening for months.” This has led the Green Party, which plummeted by almost 800,000 votes to a mere 2.3% of the electorate, to a crossroads.

“When the party is being led in all areas essentially other than by the leader they disowned, by white people, it’s hard to show we are still a social justice party… to be seen as the option or the left, it IS a fight for the soul of the party.”   

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The final seat tally, pending a requested recount in a Quebec riding won by the BQ over the Liberals, was as follows: Liberals 159 (+2 from 2019) Conservative 119 (-2) Bloq Quebecois 33  (+1) NDP 25 (+1) Green 2 (-1). The People’s Party of Canada settled in at 5% of the vote, more than double the count of the Greens, but without a seat taken.

One of those Liberal-counted seats was won by a candidate the party disavowed 2 days before the polls closed, and despite heaps of pressure, Kevin Vuong intends to take his seat in Spadina-Fort York as an independent.

As Chris Selly noted in the National Post, “A nomination process might have exposed Vuong’s unsuitability without leaving a mark on the party itself. Instead, he was acclaimed as the candidate all of two days before the election call. Nothing on his résumé justifies that level of deference.”

One potential Liberal pick-up – a tussle to regain a suburban Winnipeg seat unexpectedly lost in 2019 – did not get to the anticipated recount stage. Elections Canada determined a “transcription error” of a handwritten total had occurred and the 24 vote margin on election night was actually 460 votes, forcing Doug Eyolfson to concede the race to CPC holdover Marty Morantz. There will now be a duo of Jewish members of the opposition caucus as Thornhill’s Melissa Lantsman joins Morantz.

The governing party saw four Jewish MP’s return to caucus – Rachel Bendayan and Anthony Housefather in Montreal, Ya’ara Saks in Toronto and Jim Carr in Winnipeg. One NDP member of Parliament, Leah Gazan, has referenced her Jewish father in the past. 

Team Trudeau succeeded in getting a quartet of Manitoba MP’s returned to the House, including (L-R) Terry Duguid, Kevin Lamoureux and Jim Carr. (Photo: Marty Gold)

Elections Canada reported that about 62% – almost 17 million Canadians – voted out of 27.4 million eligible electors. Voters who registered on election day will bump up the final number. The CPC again took more votes overall than the seat-rich Liberals, which shed almost 480,000 supporters.

While the  pandemic resulted in fewer polling locations, fewer poll workers and long lineups to vote in some districts, a record number of Canadians voted by mail about 850,000, nowhere near the 5 million EC was supposedly braced to receive, verify and count.

There have been some unusual circumstances raised regarding the fluctuations in Chinese Canadian voting patterns, as mentioned here in the National Post.

Ousted MPs could receive an aggregate of $3.3 million in severance, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation tells the Canadian Press. MPs qualify for departure cheque averaging about $92,900, half a year’s salary.

Marty Gold is the Editor-in -Chief of TheJ.ca. Known for investigative reporting, he has specialized in covering municipal and provincial politics, and a wide range of sports and entertainment, in newspapers, magazines, online, and on his first love, radio. His business and consulting experience includes live events and sales, workplace safety, documentary productions, PR, and telecommunications in Vancouver, Los Angeles and across Canada, and as a contestant on CBC-TV Dragons Den.

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