Elizabeth May has announced that she will be stepping down as the leader of the Green Party of Canada but will stay on as parliamentary leader for the caucus.
Jo-Ann Roberts has been named the interim leader of the party until October 2020 when the party’s next leadership vote will take place.
During the 2019 federal election, the Greens were able to secure three seats in the House of Commons.
Elizabeth May has been the leader of the party for over a decade since 2006. While she is abandoning her leadership spot, she will stay on as the MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands.
“I want to make sure that when I leave as Green Party of Canada we’ve got momentum, we’ve got growth, we’ve got exciting leadership and I know we will have all of these. As of today I am no longer leader of the Green Party of Canada,” said May.
Several people have been eyeing the position in light of rumours regarding May’s resignation. The leader of the Green Party of Quebec, Alex Tyrrell stated that he has been considering taking on the role.