Leadership of Canada Green Party cancelled, is annamie paul married

According to sources, Paul's leadership of the Green Party has been canceled.
no membership review will be initiated.

A looming danger for Annamie Paul's leadership of the Green Party of Canada has been terminated, CBC News has learned, following the cancellation of a vote of no confidence scheduled for this week.

Tuesday, the Green Party's governing body, the federal council, was scheduled to vote on the issue. However, multiple party sources confirmed to CBC News on Sunday that the plan will not proceed.

The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity due to their lack of authority to speak publicly.

According to multiple sources, the decision to forego Tuesday's leadership vote was made following an internal arbitration process.

Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada, was facing a vote of no confidence from her party's governing body.
Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada, was facing a vote of no confidence from her party's governing body.

According to sources, the council will also not initiate a review of Paul's Green Party membership, which was discussed last week.

Paul would hold a news conference and make an announcement on Monday, according to a Greens spokesperson.

The vote scheduled for Tuesday was initially prompted by a federal council request that Paul retract comments made by a former adviser critical of Green MPs' stances on Israel and demonstrate support for her MPs. The council warned Paul that if he did not comply with its directive, he would face a vote of no confidence.

As the Middle East conflict intensified in May, Green Party MPs reacted angrily to Paul's statement calling for de-escalation and a return to dialogue.

Jenica Atwin, a former Green Party member from Fredericton who joined the Liberals in June, described the statement as "completely inadequate." Her resignation, which she attributed to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, left the Greens with just two MPs.

Paul's then-political adviser, Noah Zatzman, wrote on May 14 on Facebook that he had encountered antisemitism and discrimination within the party and chastised politicians he claimed displayed antisemitism, including Green MPs. He stated that the Greens would work to "invite progressive climate champions who are anti-fascist, pro-LGBT, pro-indigenous sovereignty, and Zionists!!!!"

Paul speaks to reporters in Ottawa on June 10 about the news that New Brunswick MP Jenica Atwin had left the Green Party to join the Liberals.
Paul speaks to reporters in Ottawa on June 10 about the news that New Brunswick MP Jenica Atwin had left the Green Party to join the Liberals.

Following his post, calls for Paul to denounce and dismiss Zatzman grew stronger. Members of the party's federal council initially considered removing her, but instead urged the leader to publicly repudiate Zatzman's statements and support Green Members of Parliament.

Paul, who is not currently a member of Parliament, has stated that she does not consider any Green MPs to be antisemites and has expressed her support for them. Additionally, she previously stated that she did not believe Atwin crossed the floor due to disagreements over Israel, referring to it as "manufactured."

Following her defection from the Greens, Atwin shifted her position on Israel, apologizing for her previous remarks and adopting a more liberal stance.

Paul has also stated that the campaign to remove her from office was motivated by racism and sexism. In June, she wrote on Facebook: "Frequently, when people like me are elected or appointed to senior leadership positions, the rules of the game appear to change: suddenly, there is a need for increased oversight, increased accountability, and swifter and more severe sanctions."

Jenica Atwin, the Fredericton MP, announced last month that she would be leaving the federal Green Party to run as a Liberal.
Jenica Atwin, the Fredericton MP, announced last month that she would be leaving the federal Green Party to run as a Liberal.

Paul and the federal council have clashed on a number of other fronts since the issue first gained national attention. Paul's office staff was recently terminated due to financial constraints, and she was briefly muted during a conference call on the subject. Additionally, executives considered withholding $250,000 promised for the leader's Toronto Centre campaign.

According to CBC News sources, the federal council also discussed a review of Paul's membership in the Green Party, which will now not proceed.

Additionally, sources told CBC News last week that Paul has sent a cease-and-desist letter to a member of the federal council. The letter alleged defamation against a council member, but no further action was taken. The letter does not specify the nature of the alleged comments that prompted it.

If Tuesday's vote had been successful, it would have required 75% of the federal council's membership to vote no confidence, at which point it would have been referred to general Green members next month.

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