Annamie Paul is the new leader of the Green Party of Canada

Elizabeth May‘s tenure over the Green Party of Canada has really come to a close. The leadership for the Green Party of Canada was announced this evening and the results are official. Annamie Paul is the new leader of Canada’s 5th party in Canada’s Parliament. Paul officially takes over the party from interim leader Jo-Ann Roberts.

Paul won, narrowly besting Dimitri Lascaris winning 54.5% on the eighth and final ballot. She led the field of candidates from the first ballot. Over 24,000 votes were cast. The Green Party claimed a 69% voter turnout of members.

Annamie Paul is a lawyer by profession and is from Toronto. She holds a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a law degree from the University of Ottawa. She is a former advisor to the International Criminal Court and served as a political officer to Canada’s mission to the EU.

Paul must still win a seat. She has the opportunity to run in one of two Toronto area by-elections, currently underway. Elizabeth May did not run a candidate against Jagmeet Singh when the NDP leader was looking to land a seat in Parliament, however, it is unclear at this time if the NDP will reciprocate and likewise allow Paul to run uncontested (at least by them).

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole offered his congratulations,

as did New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh.

Elizabeth May on Margaret Thatcher and Hugo Chavez

Margaret Thatcher passed away today at the age of 87. Here is Elizabeth May’s statement acknowledging the death of the Britain’s greatest peacetime Prime Minister,

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada,

“Margaret Thatcher took strong positions. Among them people forget her science-based concern about the climate crisis. One of the few political leaders with a science background, she founded the Hadley Centre and supported the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. While her anti-regulation, pro-privatization agenda did long-term damage to the environment, her climate awareness is tragically not shared by her ideological successors.”

What did Elizabeth May say when Hugo Chavez die? Not much, but here is tweet and news story she retweeted,

Here is the rabble news infographic that she links.

Elizabeth May’s schtick besides climate change has been about her views on democracy in Canada — specifically what she characterizes as the erosion of it. Now, retweets are not necessarily endorsements, but May recently wrote the Queen about the robocalls scandal and the Rabble infographic includes a quote from Jimmy Carter praising Chavez for his democratic ideals while includes quotes from Elections Canada on those robocalls.

Stephen Harper has not been evidenciarily linked to the robocalls scandal in Guelph and to date the only evidence that exists is that which has resulted in a charge against one young campaign worker, Michael Sona.

Elizabeth May takes the opportunity on the day of Margaret Thatcher’s passing to speciously link Thatcher to her issues while condemning Thatcher for privatization.

Meanwhile, May holds up Chavez as a paragon of democracy in order to attack Stephen Harper as a “real dictator”.

Elizabeth May’s Party

Flying thousands of kilometers for most to attend a convention on Vancouver Island in Elizabeth May’s riding, to listen to a former NDP MP and Liberal MP ought to leave a few Green Party members wondering what exactly they’re doing in that political party these days. Some former Green partisans have just it off as The Elizabeth May Vehicle.

We’d like to know when Elizabeth May will formally announce her intentions to seek the Liberal Party of Canada leadership.

SIDNEY — The Saanich-Gulf Islands riding association is proud to host the 2012 Green Party Convention in Sidney, BC, this weekend, August 17-19th, 2012 and welcomes tremendous speakers.
“I’m so pleased to have the Convention in my home riding, welcoming Greens from all over Canada to this beautiful part of the country, “said Green Leader Elizabeth May and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands. “And we look so forward to our special guests who will share their insights with us.”
Author Ronald Wright will discuss the film Surviving Progress, which was inspired by his best-selling book Friday night (August 17th, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm PT)
Independent MP Bruce Hyer to speak about his experience in Parliament as an environmentalist Saturday morning (August 18th, 9:00 am PT)
Liberal MP Stéphane Dion will present his ideas on election reform Saturday morning (August 18th, 11:20 am PT)

Humourist Arthur Black, multiple winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour hosts the Gumboot Gala Saturday night (August 18th, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm PT)
Elizabeth May will give the keynote address Saturday evening at the Gumboot Gala (August 18th, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm PT)
Green Parliamentarians from around the world will share how Greens have been effective around the globe (Sunday, August 19th, 10:15 am to 11:15 am PT)
Oras Tynkkynen : Finnish Green Member of Parliament, city councilor and activist
André Gattolin : Green Senator for Hauts-de-Seine (France) since September 2011
Jean Lambert : Green Party’s Member of European Parliament for London in 1999
Metiria Turei : New Zealand Green Member of Parliament since 2002, and elected Green Party Co-leader since 2009