Canada’s First Black Party Leader Departs After Election Fight
(Bloomberg) -- Annamie Paul, the first Black person to lead a major national political party in a Canadian election campaign, is calling it quits after her Green Party suffered a significant drop in support in the Sept. 20 vote.
Paul announced her decision at a Toronto news conference on Monday, a week after she failed to win her seat in an election that returned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to power for third term. She came in fourth in her Toronto district; the Greens won two seats and saw their share of the national vote drop to about 2% from 6% in the 2019 election.
“When I was elected, put in this role, I was breaking a glass ceiling,” Paul told reporters. “What I didn’t realize at the time is I was breaking a glass ceiling that was going to fall on my head and leave a lot of shards of glass that I was going to have to crawl over throughout my time.”
Paul, who won the race to replace long-serving leader Elizabeth May in October 2020, faced internal strife over party policy on Israel and the Palestinians in May. One of the Green lawmakers involved, Jenica Atwin, later defected to the Liberals and was re-elected under that party’s banner last week.
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