Leadership Contest

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2020 Leadership Contest

The Green Party of Canada will select a new leader at our 2020 Convention in Charlottetown! Join us and be a part of the history we’re about to make.

The Leadership Contest

Elizabeth May stepped down as GPC Leader in November 2019 triggering a Leadership Contest. Our new leader will be selected at the GPC Convention this October in Charlottetown.

The Leadership Contest is open to all Green Party members who meet the eligibility requirements and everyone is encouraged to run!

Mark the dates! Convention 2020 will be held from October 2-4, 2020 and online voting for the Leadership Contest will open September 26.

To vote you must be a member in good standing. Remember that members as young as 14 are eligible to vote!

Make sure to buy or renew your membership by September 3, 2020.

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The Contestants

Annamie Paul

Annamie Paul is a lawyer, international affairs expert and social entrepreneur from Toronto. She holds a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa and speaks four languages. Annamie is an inaugural Action Canada Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, a member of the Recruitment of Policy Leaders Program, member of the University of Ottawa Common Law Honour Society and a recipient of the Harry Jerome Award. She has worked in diverse roles, in global conflict prevention, the International Criminal Court and Canada’s Mission to the EU. Annamie has founded two social non-profits and has launched and supported non-partisan organizations that have helped women and minorities to enter Canadian politics. She is a first generation Canadian of Caribbean heritage and is married with two sons.


David Merner

David Merner has worked for more than 30 years in law, government, and political activism. Over his 28 years in public service, David provided constitutional, legal and policy advice to ministers in Conservative, Liberal, and NDP governments. He served at the Department of Justice and Privy Council Office in Ottawa, as well as at the Ministry of Attorney General in Victoria.

David has volunteered for environmental, conflict resolution, and democratic reform organizations, including on the boards of directors of The Land Conservancy of B.C., Mediate B.C., and Fair Vote Canada. He also has extensive campaign experience at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels, including campaigns for Green candidates in British Columbia, New Brunswick and Ontario. In 2019, David ran for the Green Party of Canada in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke, finishing second with 26 per cent of the vote.


Amita Kuttner

Amita Kuttner (they/them) is co-founder of Moonlight Institute, a non-profit organization that seeks to create a framework for an equitable and just future. Dr. Kuttner holds a PhD in astronomy and astrophysics and a MS in physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC); their research focused on black holes and wormholes. They served as Critic for Science and Innovation for the Green Party of Canada from September 2018 to February 2020, bringing forward policy on artificial intelligence, emerging technologies and data privacy.

Dr. Kuttner has long been an advocate for diversity and inclusion, including leading Women in Physics and Astronomy at UCSC. They co-founded the UCSC chapter of 314 Action, an organization dedicated to electing scientists and STEM professionals to public office, and ran the Canadian organization effort for Scientists for Future.


Glen Murray

Glen Murray was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. He attended Concordia University’s School of Community and Public Affairs, majoring in Urban Studies. He moved to Winnipeg in the 1980s to work in communications and lead Canada’s first AIDS clinic. Moved by what he saw in the AIDS epidemic, he ran for public office and served as a City of Winnipeg councillor for nine years, and then as Mayor of Winnipeg for six years. His political life led him to Toronto where, after a time in the private sector, he successfully ran in one of Canada’s most culturally diverse ridings, Toronto Centre, as a Liberal candidate.

While sitting in the Ontario legislature for eight years he held several portfolios including Minister of the Environment. Glen is currently the Chief Innovation Officer for Winnipeg’s Sustainable Technologies and Emerge Knowledge, a leader in circular economy information technology.


Voting Information

Online voting will start on September 26. A mail-in option is available for those who need it and must be requested by August 14. (See contest rules for details).

Who can vote

You can vote if:

  • You are a member of the Green Party of Canada as of September 3, 2020. AND
  • You will be 14 years of age or older on October 3, 2020.

How to vote

The election of the Leader will use a one-member, one-vote system using a preferential ballot. A majority vote shall elect the Leader.

Online voting will open from September 26, 2020 to October 3, 2020 and will be available to all eligible voting members.

For full voting information, read the GPC 2020 Leadership Contest Rules.

Make sure to buy or renew your membership by September 3, 2020.

Become a GPC Member

Information for Contestants

Members from all backgrounds are encouraged to consider entering the contest and/or participating in the election of the next GPC leader.

To see the full list of eligibility criteria read the GPC 2020 Leadership Contest Rules.

If you are interested in applying to be a Leadership Contestant, please request the GPC Leadership Application Package by writing to us at leadership.contest@greenparty.ca.

Convention 2020

From October 2-4, Greens from across Canada will gather in Charlottetown for Convention 2020.

In addition to Leadership debates and discussions, convention is an opportunity for Green policy discussions, training sessions and events as we celebrate our success and build for our future.

Convention 2020 will take place at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel.

18 Queen St.
Charlottetown, PEI

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