The future of the Canadian Green Party is in the spotlight after a disappointing end to the 2021 federal election.
The party won at least two seats and remained hopeful for a third late Monday.
But the night was marked by disappointment when party leader Annamie Paul failed to win her seat in the Toronto Center a second time and finished in fourth place in a blowout for Liberal Marci Ien.
“I am just disappointed. It’s hard to lose, no one likes to lose. But I am so proud of the effort, creativity, innovation that our team brought to this race, ”Paul told his supporters in his concession speech.
“We promised to offer genuine representation, we promised to offer a real choice to the people of the Toronto Center who have so much need, so much work to get done, and you did it, and I thank you for that.”
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The party failed to regain the seat it won in Fredericton in 2019, even though it added its first ever seat in Ontario, where Mark Morrice won in the Kitchener Center.
Even that victory, however, came with a star who, however, came in a ride where Liberal contender Raj Saini was forced to retire after allegations of sexual misconduct.
And incumbent Paul Manley appeared to be in trouble in Nanaimo-Ladysmith, one too close to calling a three-way battle with the NDP and conservatives.
Former leader Elizabeth May, who won the party’s first place in 2011, stuck to Saanich – the Gulf Islands and had strong words about the campaign.
“There will definitely be issues the party discusses internally; we always do an autopsy after every election, ”said May.
“This one, I’ve never seen the party so unprepared for an election. Not having graduates in every ride is something we need to investigate and investigate how it happened. ”
Of particular concern to the Greens was their popular vote.
After locking a record-high 12.5 percent in 2019, the party seemed on track to pull only 2.3 percent of the vote late Monday night.
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In 2019, the Greens won a historic three seats, including their first-ever seat outside British Columbia with the election of Jenica Atwin in Fredericton, and held on to Nanaimo-Ladysmith, a seat it had first acquired six months earlier in an election.
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Although climate change has consistently asked as a top issue for Canadians, they took the back seat in a 2021 campaign dominated by COVID-19 and considered by some to be a referendum on Justin Trudeau.
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Further complicating matters for the party, former BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver publicly backed the Liberal Party’s climate change plan.
In addition, the Greens were characterized by very public internal strife.
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They faced a messy summer that began with Atwin jumping over in June and crossing the floor to the Left in the middle of fights over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Paul then faced an attempt by party leaders to force a suspension of membership and vote on no confidence in her leadership.
Although both were blocked by an independent arbitrator, the uprising proved detrimental to the party.
Paul spent most of the election campaign in Toronto, acknowledging that it was “not a given” that all candidates wanted her in their riding. She made her first and only visit to British Columbia just two days before the general vote.
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