Green party downsizes its leadership race after resignations

The Green Party is downsizing its leadership contest following an exodus of people from the party’s leadership organizing committee.

The party will have one round of voting instead of two

Elizabeth May leaves the stage after speaking ahead of the party's leadership announcement in Ottawa on Oct. 3, 2020. May, a former Green party leader, is running again for the party's top job. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

The Green Party is downsizing its leadership contest following an exodus of people from the party's leadership organizing committee.

A news release from its press secretary, Fabrice Lachance Nové, states the party will reduce the planned two rounds of voting to one. Voting for the single round will now begin on Nov. 12 and end on Nov. 19. The party's Federal Council made the decision Wednesday.

"This will allow all six candidates to run their campaigns through the November voting period," said Lachance Nové.

The statement did not outline the reasons for scaling back the competition.

This month, Lorraine Rekmans resigned from her role on the leadership committee and as party president. She cited the party's refusal to pause the leadership race until it could investigate allegations of systemic discrimination in the party — allegations which came to the fore when interim leader, Amita Kuttner, was misgendered at a leadership launch.

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Following Rekmans' resignation, three other committee members quit their positions on the leadership organizing committee. 

Sources have told CBC their departures undermined preparations for the leadership contest, which is supposed to be conducted primarily online.

The Green Party's release didn't say if there would be any official events organized by the party. The party is facing a financial crunch and relies on unpaid volunteers. Some of that expertise is now gone due to the recent resignations, sources said.


David Thurton

Senior reporter, Parliamentary Correspondent

David Thurton is a senior reporter in CBC's Parliamentary Bureau. He covers daily politics in the nation’s capital and specializes in environment and energy policy. Born in Canada but raised in Trinidad and Tobago, he’s moved around more times than he can count. He’s worked for CBC in several provinces and territories, including Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

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