View From the Hill. By Keith Beardsley – Who Is behind The Attacks On Green Leader Annamie Paul?

JULY 29, 2021 – The Green Party still doesn’t get it.

You can’t be successful and win elections or even get MPs elected when you are continually and publicly stabbing your leader in the back.

Sorry folks, but that is a recipe for disaster, especially when an election is weeks away.

It seems that every day there is another media story talking about the divided party. Just yesterday there were more media reports than new candidates for the party’s governing body oppose her.

So far, the party which has been forced to lay off staff has spent $100,000 on legal fees to take their leader to court, with another $100,000 earmarked for future court costs, all because Paul won an independent arbitrator’s decision.

So, a cash strapped party is going to blow $200,000 just before an election call.  You can’t make this stuff up!

No political leader is perfect. A leader can’t always make statements or comments that please 100% of party members or supporters 100% of the time.

The big question remains why the continuous attacks on her and why the attempts to kick her out of her job?

There is no such thing as a spontaneous uprising against a leader. It is often someone with a bruised ego, sour grapes, losing candidates, someone passed over, and the list goes on. Someone will benefit if the party dumps Paul. The question is who?

The attacks are continuous and reflect a degree of planning. Someone is hiding in the background coordinating the attacks. Time for the media to dig deep and let voters know who it is, they can’t hide in the background forever. The media would be quick to do this if it were the Conservatives and even the Liberal Martin-Chretien war was brought into the open by the media.

Paul would be smart to treat public pledges of loyalty carefully. There are enough examples in Canadian politics of individuals pledging public loyalty while stabbing their leader in the back.

As Julius Caesar would say “Et tu Brute”.

Can Paul survive remains the question. Whoever is behind the push to oust her is doing irreparable harm to the party for years to come.


Keith is a former Conservative political staffer with over 50 years of active involvement in Canadian politics. He is a former Deputy Chief of Staff to a Prime Minister for Issues Management and he was a senior political advisor involved with political research, Question Period, political attack teams and election war rooms for over 20 years. A well-known political pundit, Keith has appeared many times on Canadian political panels.

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