Elizabeth May Might Not Be The Leader Of The Green Party For Much Longer
Those snappy one-liners at debates will be missed.
Changes are a-coming to Canada's political landscape as one party leader talks about stepping down. Elizabeth May won't be Green Party leader for the next four years. The BC MP has plans to leave her leadership role in the party but thankfully she's not leaving politics forever.
May revealed on October 24 that she probably won't stay on as leader of the party for another full term. After the election, May spoke to reporters about the election, her future with the party, and how she plans to work with the Liberal minority government.
While it's expected for party leaders to comment on the election and what they expect to do in this minority government situation Canada's in, the biggest shocker is that she's planning to step down as leader soon.
"I don't think I will stay on as leader for four more years. I will run again, I hope. As long as my health holds up I'd love to be the Member of Parliament for Saanich—Gulf Islands for another term and I'd love to work with another leader," May told reporters at a news conference at her constituency office.
May will stay on as leader of the party for the short term but it's not likely she'll say on for the long term. So you might not be seeing her take on other leaders at election debates in four years.
If an election is called next year, May could still be the leader for the Greens at that time but it's very unlikely that she'll stay on as leader for four more years.
Since there is a minority government, an election could happen sooner than the usual four years and May said that could complicate her transition out of party leadership.
But she does intend to give up her post sometime within the next four years.
"For the near term I think it's very important for the health of the party that I continue as leader," said May.
In the election, the Green Party won three seats, two in B.C. and one in New Brunswick. That's an increase from the one seat the party won in the 2015 federal election.
But with huge gains the Bloc Québécois made in this election, the Greens came out in fifth place behind the Liberals, Conservatives, Bloc, and NDP.*
After the election, bothbased on the results that came in on election night.
Electoral reform by getting rid of the first past the post system was an election promise made by Justin Trudeau and the Liberals back in 2015 but the party abandoned that promise in early 2017.
Following the election, the Green Party released a graphic slamming the first past the post system which showed that the Greens got 1.1 million votes but only three seats while the Bloc got 1.3 million votes and 32 seats.
May has been the leader of the Greens since 2006 and an MP since 2011 when she was the first Green to be elected in a federal election.
In the 2015 and 2011 federal elections, May was the only Green to win a seat. And even though she might not be the leader for much longer, she will continue as an MP and go for another term.
May isn't the only politician whose leadership status has been brought to the forefront.
After the Conservatives failed to get a majority or even a minority in the election,. Especially since he said Trudeau would have to resign if he didn't win a majority.
But Scheer confirmed thatand won't resign.
So, while Scheer seems certain of his future with the Conservatives, May's future is a little hazy.
There's no exact timeline to when she plans to step down but May told reporters that it's not a decision she'll make by herself, she wants to consult with the other two Greens who were elected on October 21.
*Editor's note: This article has been edited.