OTTAWA — The Green Party of Canada has elected a fresh group of officials to its top spots, with staunch supporters of leader Annamie Paul comprising much of the new crop and shoring up her perch atop the party — at least temporarily.
The results of the internal vote were posted today and grant Paul a little breathing room after a months-long clash between her and some party executives who sought to oust her in the lead-up to a federal election, which is set for Sept. 20.
While the fresh makeup of the 18-member federal council also includes some who have been less gung-ho about Paul, three sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter say the chance of a non-confidence vote against the leader is now drastically reduced.
Party executives — several of them no longer on board the council — aimed to dethrone Paul this summer in a non-confidence vote and a membership suspension, though both were halted by an independent arbitrator.
The new crew includes Matthew Piggott — who volunteered on Paul’s leadership campaign in October and went on to serve as the party's national field director before being fired against the leader's wishes — as well as Clément Badra, who Paul named to her shadow cabinet last month.
The Green party mandates a vote on the leader within six months of an election, rendering her current spot precarious post-vote, particularly if she fails to win the riding of Toronto Centre, a Liberal stronghold she has lost twice in the past two years.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 19, 2021.
The Canadian Press