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The Green Party has given Chief Annamie Paul an ultimatum: reject comments from a former staff member accusing MPs of anti-Semitism or face a vote of confidence on his leadership.
The decision of the federal party council came on Tuesday evening after a meeting that lasted nearly four hours. Members debated whether to immediately trigger Ms Paul’s complicated impeachment process.
His election as head of the Greens in October was hailed as a historic success which made international headlines; she is the first black woman and the first Jewish woman to lead a major federal party.
Federal councilors voted to give Paul a brief reprieve, party spokeswoman Rosie Emery confirmed on Wednesday. The party has been in turmoil since Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin defected from the Liberals last week. The two remaining MPs blamed Ms Paul for crossing the floor, due to the way she handled a dispute between her former senior assistant Noah Zatzman and Ms Atwin.
In a five-to-four vote, the council passed a motion asking Ms Paul and BC MP Paul Manly to hold a joint statement and press conference, where she would reject Mr. Zatzman and would explicitly support the Green Party caucus. Otherwise, the council has decided that a vote of no confidence in the leader will take place on July 20, 2021.
Ms Paul has yet to release a public statement on the vote, or reveal how she will react. Ms Emery said the party would issue a statement later Wednesday.
Marieke Walsh parliamentary report here.
Commentary from journalist Marieke Walsh: “All eyes will now be on the response of the leader of the Greens Annamie Paul to the party’s ultimatum. Ms. Paul’s position remains precarious. With months to go before the widely anticipated fall elections are called, the Greens have undermined their leader and released their dirty laundry just as the party tries to convince voters that this is a viable alternative for voters progressive. So far, the only real winners in this conflict are the NDP and the Liberals, who will take advantage of the turmoil to say that the Greens are not ready for prime time.
THE TITLES OF THE DAY
KASHECHEWAN OUTBREAK – A COVID-19 outbreak has infected 138 children in Kashechewan, an isolated First Nation along the James Bay coast, prompting calls for emergency shelters to facilitate the isolation from the community, which has long suffered from severe housing problems. Among those who have tested positive are two infants, one seven weeks old and another four months old. About 65% of active infections in the community affect children under 17.
OUTBUILDING MEMBERS ‘SPEECHES – Canada was denounced Tuesday as a racist and hypocritical failure as MPs who do not intend to stand again bid their official farewell to Parliament.
WESTERN LEADERS WANT BORDER PLAN – Western Canadian leaders say they plan to push Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week on a detailed plan and timeline to reopen international borders. “On Thursday, we expect the federal government to have a plan, and then we’ll work to build consensus around it,” BC Premier John Horgan said Tuesday. But Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said reopening borders was “inseparably linked” to vaccination.
LIBERALS STRENGTHEN FRENCH – The Liberal government introduced a bill to strengthen the protection of French in Canada as part of the biggest overhaul of the Official Languages Act in more than three decades, just days before the planned closure of the House of Commons for the summer.
FUREY ANSWERS QUESTIONS ON FEDERAL AID FOR ELECTIONS – Liberals in Newfoundland and Labrador came under fire this week after two staff members from the office of Federal Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan raised door to door in favor of a provincial Liberal candidate in the winter general election. “It is none of my business what the staff do, which does not work for me or for this government,” Premier Andrew Furey told Progressive Conservative leader David Brazil in Question Period on Tuesday. “These election workers were allowed to enter Newfoundland and Labrador to elect the Liberals, it’s that simple,” Brazil said. Mr Furey said he only learned of the matter after reading a Globe and Mail article on the matter. From Radio-Canada.
PRIME MINISTER’S DAY
“Private meetings,” indicates the official schedule of the Prime Minister’s office. *
* -Justin Trudeau and the rest of the Canadian delegation that traveled to the UK and Belgium for the G7 summit and NATO heads of state and government meeting checked into a hotel three stars near the Ottawa airport on Tuesday after returning to Canada. However, the prime minister was allowed to verify after receiving a negative COVID-19 test on Wednesday morning. His office says Trudeau will follow public health rules and advice for Canadians returning from overseas during the pandemic, as will government officials and journalists who have also been overseas. Details here.
The leader of the Bloc Québécois Yves-François Blanchet holds a press briefing on the reform of the Official Languages Act.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh attend the virtual meeting of the NDP caucus, then hold a media availability.
The Globe and Mail Editorial Board on Canada’s proximity to ending the pandemic: “JRR Tolkien coined the term “eucatastrophe” to describe the feeling you get when a tale walks inexorably towards a grim conclusion, and then, when everything seems darkest, it unexpectedly delivers what he called “a turning point. happy suddenly… which pierces you with a joy that makes you cry. For Canada, the past few weeks have been catastrophic. The rest of the month can be even longer. We finally have the tools to write our happy ending and close the book on the pandemic. “
Campbell Clark (The Globe and Mail) on the collapse of the Green Party in the run-up to the federal election: “Let’s see how it goes in the Green Party. They have just lost a third of their parliamentary caucus. One hundred percent of the remaining MPs, both, believe it is the fault of party leader Annamie Paul. She rejected calls for her resignation. And now Ms. Paul’s leadership is under review. Oh dear.”
Gary Mason (The Globe and Mail) on Canada’s need for a tough online hate speech law now: “This does not mean that everything about introducing laws to protect us from this evil is easy. (Although in theory you would think it should.) There are legitimate concerns that such laws could be so comprehensive in scope that they would place excessive discretion in the hands of government, and before you know it, we’re talking about a reshuffle. by George Orwell 1984. But to the extent that it could happen – especially early on under a hypothetical new hate speech regime – it’s worth it. Avoiding the question until you find some language that makes all sides happy would be foolishness. Who knows how many more men (and to a lesser extent women) will be radicalized online in the meantime. If the efforts of other governments are any indication, what matters is that the work begins now.
Don Braid (The Calgary Herald) on why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should wait and allow Alberta voters to take two Senate seats: “I fully agree with Prime Minister Jason Kenney’s efforts to keep trying, in the hope that the campaign for a triple E (elected, effective and equal) Senate will somehow reignite itself. another. As separatist sentiment in Alberta grows, correcting the national power imbalance is essential. Two seats in the Alberta Senate are now vacant. The Alberta Assembly voted on Tuesday to urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not to appoint them until the Alberta Senate election is held on October 18. With 15 Senate seats currently vacant, Trudeau could embark on a patronage frenzy just before calling an election.
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