Green Leadership: Annamie Paul to Succeed Elizabeth May

Green Leadership: Annamie Paul to Succeed Elizabeth May

By Andrew Thomson | UPDATED October 5, 2020 8:49amET

Green Leader Annamie Paul won the party’s leadership in an eight-ballot contest that saw her win 50.6% of votes in the final round, besting runner-up Dimitri Lascaris (42.2%). (More than 7% of voters had neither candidate on their ranked ballot)

Paul is also running in the Toronto Centre by-election to replace former finance minister Bill Morneau.


Where does the Green Party of Canada go after the leadership of Elizabeth May, the party’s dominant voice for nearly 15 years and first elected MP?

We’ll know more on Oct. 3 ,when the party’s new leader is announced. (COVID-19 has turned an in-person P.E.I. convention into a virtual event from Ottawa.)

Eight hopefuls will be on the ballot with nearly 35,000 Green members eligible to vote online or by mail.

The group includes an emergency physician, an immigration lawyer, a former mayor and Liberal provincial minister, an astrophysicist living off the grid, and several former federal candidates.

Green members (at least those 14 and older, and in good standing as of Sept. 3) will use a preferential ballot to rank their preferred candidates.

Online voting takes place between Sept. 26 and Oct. 3. Mail-in ballots are also available; they must be returned by Sept. 28.


MERYAM HADDAD: immigration lawyer, former Green immigration critic, and 2019 candidate in Châteauguay–Lacolle, Que.

COURTNEY HOWARD: Yellowknife-based emergency physician and Canadian Medical Association board member (currently on leave)

AMITA KUTTNER: astrophysicist, co-founder of the Moonlight Institute, former Green science and innovation critic

DIMITRI LASCARIS: lawyer, former Green justice critic, and 2015 candidate in London West, Ont.

DAVID MERNER: lawyer, public servant and former candidate in Esquimalt–Saanich–Sooke, B.C. for the Liberals (2015) and Greens (2019)

GLEN MURRAY: former Ontario cabinet minister (2010-2017) and former mayor of Winnipeg (1998-2004)

ANNAMIE PAUL: Toronto-based lawyer and social entrepreneur, and Green candidate in upcoming Toronto Centre by-election

ANDREW WEST: lawyer and 2015 candidate in Kanata–Carleton, Ont.

Elizabeth May gave up the leadership two weeks after the 2019 election, but has remained the Green parliamentary leader in the House of Commons, where she sits with New Brunswick’s Jenica Atwin and B.C.’s Paul Manly.

Here’s what she told reporters in November 2019:

Candidates to succeed May needed $30,000 (originally $50,000, before the COVID-19 pandemic) and support from 250 members. They have a $500,000 spending limit. And they had to be approved by a three-person vetting committee.

Interim leader JoAnn Roberts discussed the official leadership rules in February:

The Greens have never reached 7-per-cent national support in a federal election. But the party did break the one-million-vote mark in 2019.

Comparing 2015 and 2019, Green support rose in most parts of the country (green-shaded ridings), with the exception (red-shaded ridings) of much of Alberta and Saskatchewan — and Elizabeth May’s own B.C. riding of Saanich–Gulf Islands.

Explore the interactive map:


New Brunswick

The Green caucus remains at three MLAs after the recent provincial election, though the party’s popular vote grew 3.4%, to 15.2%.

Prince Edward Island

The Greens became the Official Opposition after the 2019 election, winning eight seats (up from two) and increasing their popular vote to 30.6% (up from 10.8%).


The Greens won their first-ever seat at Queen’s Park in 2018, as party leader Mike Schreiner emerged victorious in Guelph. Province wide, though, Green support actually fell slightly, to 4.6%.

British Columbia

The provincial Greens won 16.8-per-cent support and three seats in 2017, giving them the balance of power in a minority legislature. That led to the Confidence and Supply Agreement (CASA) to support the New Democrats and eventual premier John Horgan.

The Greens fared less well in a pair of 2019 provincial elections in western Canada.

  • In Manitoba, 6.4% of the popular vote, with candidates in 43 of 57 ridings.
  • And in Alberta: 0.4% of the popular vote, based on candidates in 32 of 87 provincial ridings.