Annamie Paul, the Green Party's leader, says the attempt to force her out is motivated by racism and sexism.
Annamie Paul has pledged to continue as leader of Canada's Green Party, claiming that efforts to force her out were motivated by racism and sexism.
Paul escaped a Tuesday evening emergency leadership meeting that could have kicked off the process of removing her from leadership.
Paul told a news conference in Ottawa today that the campaign to oust her was spearheaded by a "small group" of party brass "on their way out."
Paul stated that the allegations leveled against her during Tuesday's meeting "were so racist and sexist that they were immediately denounced as offensive and inflammatory by both our MPs."
During the roughly three-and-a-half-hour emergency meeting, the Green Party's federal council, the organization's governing body, ultimately decided against holding a vote of no confidence.
Paul stated that the council members who pushed for the vote "did so without consulting other party members substantively."
'Aggression, superiority, and rejection
CBC News obtained a copy of the letter that prompted the meeting, in which Paul's leadership style is criticized.
"Since her election as leader, Annamie Paul has acted with an autocratic attitude of hostility, superiority, and rejection, failing to fulfill her obligation to serve on the Federal Council as an active, contributing, respectful, and attentive member," the letter states.
It was authored by Beverley Eert, the Manitoba representative on the federal council, and Kate Storey, the party fund's representative.
"She has attended only a few council meetings and, when present, has expressed her rage in lengthy, repetitive, aggressive monologues and has failed to recognize the value of any ideas other than her own," the letter continues.
Additionally, the letter blames Paul for Liberal MP Jenica Atwin's defection.
Atwin and Paul have expressed divergent views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which Atwin cited as a factor in her recent departure.
Paul, on the other hand, blamed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals for the Greens' internal turmoil. She accused Trudeau of attempting to undermine her party in order to harm the country's sole female federal leader.
"You are neither an ally nor a feminist, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau," Paul stated.
Storey, the Green council member, later attempted to rebut the allegations against Paul in a leaked email, requesting that the document be "rescinded."
"Please delete the allegation document in the spirit of reconciliation between Federal Councillors and the GPC Leader," Storey wrote in the email.
Former black member of parliament sees 'controversial' language in letter
Celina Caesar-Chavannes, a former Liberal Member of Parliament, said the letter is rife with anti-Black racism and sexism. She stated that no other federal leader would face a similar attack.
"This letter embodies the entire concept of 'angry Black woman,'" Caesar-Chavannes told CBC News.
"There is so much language in here that is problematic when speaking of a federally recognized political party's leader."
While Paul avoided a vote of no confidence during the meeting, the party brass adopted a separate motion requesting that Paul publicly repudiate one of his former senior advisers, Noah Zatzman, who had accused unnamed Green MPs of antisemitism.
Additionally, the motion requests that Paul "explicitly support" the Green Party caucus.
Throughout Wednesday's news conference, Paul expressed her support for Green MPs Elizabeth May and Paul Manly, but she did not denounce Zatzman.
According to the motion, if Paul does not comply, she will face a vote of no confidence on July 20.