Elizabeth May announced Monday she is stepping down as the leader of Canada’s Green party.
At a press conference held this morning, May indicated she is appointing deputy leader Jo-Ann Roberts as her successor.
The Greens are welcoming messages of gratitude for May:
We want to take this time to express our love and gratitude for Elizabeth, the fearless leader who inspired millions and grew our grassroots movement into a powerful political contender.
— Green Party Canada (@CanadianGreens) November 4, 2019
May remains the MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands in B.C.
She was re-elected last month by a landslide, garnering 47 per cent of the popular vote (with 89 per cent of the polls reporting) to outpace Conservative candidate David Busch, who finished a distant second place with just over 19 per cent of the vote.
May, 65, says she promised her daughter three years ago that the 2019 election would be her last as the party leader — though not necessarily her last as an MP.
Roberts is a former New Brunswick CBC journalist who ran unsuccessfully for the Greens in Halifax in the recent federal election.
The fact that neither of the other two Green MPs elected last month — Jenica Atwin in Fredericton and Vancouver Island’s Paul Manly — were tapped for the interim job, ensuring they are eligible to seek the permanent job at a leadership convention in October 2020.
Both were elected as Green MPs alongside May last month. Atwin is the first from outside of B.C. to be elected under the Green banner.
May has led the Greens since 2006, becoming the first Green MP elected to the House of Commons in 2011.
With files from the Times Colonist and additional reporting from Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome