Leadership Contest

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2020 Leadership Contest

Online voting for members opens Sept 26, 2020.
Results will be announced live on Oct 3, 2020.

Meet the Contestants

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

Online voting opens September 26.

Voting Information

The Contestants

Annamie Paul

Annamie Paul


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    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


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    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


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    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


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    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.

Dimitri Lascaris

Dimitri Lascaris


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    Dimitri Lascaris is an accomplished securities class action lawyer, having led a team that has recovered more than $450 million from corporations and executives engaged in illegal financial practices, human rights abuses, and environmental destruction.

    Born in London, Ontario, Dimitri graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1991. He is a correspondent for The Real News Network, where he has covered the financial crisis, the climate emergency, and human rights abuses worldwide.

    Dimitri has served on the boards of numerous public interest organizations, including The Unity Project for the Relief of Homelessness, Pro Bono Ontario and Toronto350.

    In Canada’s 2015 federal election, Dimitri ran for the Green Party of Canada in London West. Subsequently, he served as Justice Critic in the party’s Shadow Cabinet and as Justice Critic in the Shadow Cabinet of the Green Party of Quebec.

Meryam Haddad

Meryam Haddad


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    Born in Syria, Meryam Haddad immigrated to Canada with her family in 1993. She earned her law degree from the University of Ottawa in 2012 and has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2013. Specializing in immigration law, for the past seven years she has represented asylum seekers from Yemen, Syria and stateless Palestinians, including members of the LGBTQ+ community.

    Meryam is a 32-year-old immigrant lesbian. During the last federal election, she was a candidate for the Green Party of Canada in Châteauguay-Lacolle. In October 2019, she was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Immigration Critic.

Andrew West

Andrew West


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    Andrew West is a lawyer and the Attorney General Critic for the Green Party of Ontario. He was a federal candidate in 2015 and a provincial candidate in 2014, 2018 and 2020. He was the CEO of the Ottawa Centre Green Party EDA and organized the Green entry in the Ottawa Pride parade twice.

    Andrew has volunteered for several organizations including the CNIB Foundation, WWF Canada and Amnesty International. He was a committee chair for Amnesty’s annual “Taste for Justice” fundraiser and was responsible for much of the campaign which raised money to help stop violence against women. Under his leadership, “Taste for Justice” gained the most media coverage and raised the most donations in the campaign’s history.

    Andrew grew up in Owen Sound, Ontario. He loves baseball, comedy and his wife Lydia. He is currently studying to be bilingual and usually has at least three French lessons a week.

Courtney Howard

Courtney Howard


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    Dr. Courtney Howard is an emergency physician in Yellowknife, N.W.T. and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. After a time working on a pediatric malnutrition project with Médecins Sans Frontières, she now serves a majority-Indigenous community in Canada’s arctic and subarctic.

    Dr. Howard led policy work for the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, and has done research on menstrual cups, wildfires, eco-anxiety and eco-grief.

    She is the first female president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). She co-chairs the Advocacy Committee of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on climate change and health and sits on the board of the Canadian Medical Association.

    Courtney and her partner, pediatrician Dr. Darcy Scott, live with their daughters Elodie and Vivi in Chief Drygeese Territory, traditional home of the Yellowknives Dene and traditional lands of the North Slave Metis.

Important Dates

  • August 27, 2020 - Last day to request mail-in ballot
  • September 3, 2020 - Deadline to be a voting member
  • September 26, 2020 - Online voting opens
  • October 3, 2020 - Online voting closes and results announcement live-streamed on Youtube and Facebook

Voting Information

The election of the Leader will be conducted under a one-member, one-vote system using a preferential ballot.

Online voting will open from September 26, 2020 to October 3, 2020 and will be available to all eligible voting members. A mail-in option was made available for those who need it. The deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot was August 27, and ballots are due back October 1 at 11:45AM ET.

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.

Voting FAQs

When is the voting period?

Online voting will begin at 1:00 PM Atlantic time (9:00 AM Pacific) on September 26, 2020 and end at 7:30 PM Atlantic (3:30 PM Pacific) on October 3, 2020.

How will I get my ballot?

Members are automatically registered to vote online in the leadership contest and will receive an email with the ballot link when voting opens on September 26. Members without emails on file will receive a letter in the mail with the information and password they need to vote online.

What if I can’t find the ballot in my e-mail?

Search your inbox for an email from vote@simplyvoting.com - you should receive it at approximately 1:00 PM Atlantic (9:00 AM Pacific) on September 26. It may have gone to your spam or junk folder, so be sure to check there. If you use more than one email account, it’s a good idea to check them all.

What if I share an email address with another family member?

If you are both members, you will each receive an email with a link to your ballot.

What if I requested a mail-in ballot?

The deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot was 5pm ET on August 27. Completed ballots must be received in the return envelopes provided by 11:45 AM ET on October 1. (Please note that this deadline has been extended due to postal delays caused by wildfires in British Columbia.) Mail-in ballots will be tallied on October 1 and 2 in the presence of scrutineers from all campaigns. Members who requested but did not submit a mail-in ballot will be eligible to vote online after all the mail-in ballots have been entered.

How was the ballot order determined?

Contestants appear in a randomized order on the online ballot. Mail-in ballots list contestants in alphabetical order by last name.

What voting system is used?

Green Party elections are held under the Single Transferable Vote system, which allows voters to rank contestants in the order of their preference.

A quota determined before tabulation begins is used by the voting system to determine when the winner is elected. The quota is 50% of valid votes cast + 1. Once a contestant has reached that quota, tabulation stops.

Votes are counted as follows:

1. On the first round of counting, each option shall receive a first preference vote for each vote indicating it as first preference.

2. Should an option meet the quota of first preference votes after any round, it shall be declared elected.

3. If no option is elected, then the option with the fewest number of first preference votes shall be eliminated from the question. Should there be a tie for the fewest number of first preference votes, then among these, the option with the fewest number of second preference votes shall be eliminated. Should a tie persist, the procedure shall continue with third preference votes, et cetera. Should a tie still persist, the option with the fewest number of original first preference votes, shall be eliminated. Should a tie still persist, the procedures shall continue with original second preference votes et cetera. Should a tie still persist, an option shall be eliminated by random draw. Options are never eliminated simultaneously.

4. When an option is eliminated, all first preference votes for that option shall be replaced by the vote's first preferred option that is not yet eliminated. All second preference votes for that option shall be replaced by the vote's next preferred option that is not yet elected or eliminated, and so on.

5. This procedure of electing and eliminating option(s) shall continue until a winner is elected or there is only one option left (and that option shall be declared elected).

Can I leave my ballot blank?

No. You must rank at least one option on the ballot. If you do not support any contestant, you can choose “None of these Options.”

Can I select “None of these Options” and still rank other contestants?

Yes. “None of these Options” is treated like any other contestant. It may appear anywhere on the ballot, and you may give it any value in your ranking.

Why is it important to rank all contestants?

While you are not required to rank all options, we strongly encourage you to engage fully in our participatory democracy by doing so. If you only ranked some options, and all the contestants you ranked are eliminated, your ballot will no longer count in choosing the winner.

Why is it important to vote early?

Voting early means there’s no risk that you’ll forget to vote or run out of time! If you have any difficulties voting, you’ll have time to reach out for help.

What if I’m not sure who to vote for?

You’re on the right page! If you’re unsure, you can go to the contestants’ websites, read their biographies and policy positions, watch recordings of the debates, follow them on social media, and reach out to the contestants and their campaign teams to connect.

What if I need more help?

Please send us an email at elections@greenparty.ca. or call 1-866-868-3447 and we’ll be happy to help! The sooner you reach out, the sooner we’ll be able to assist. Due to the high volume of correspondence at this time, we will appreciate your patience!


  • September 18, 7pm ET: What to do about climate change?

    Register now for an all-contestants debate organized by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance and moderated by Angela Bischoff. Find out the contestants’ views on climate solutions, energy, carbon pricing, and more.

  • September 25: French-language debate

    Join us to hear the contestants face off en français! Journalist Anne-Caroline Desplanques of the Journal de Montreal’s Parliamentary bureau will moderate a debate on topics ranging from COVID-19 response to climate solutions to Green electoral success. Register now! (French)

  • October 3: Election night!

    At long last, the ballots will be counted and the new leader of the Green Party will be announced. Contestants will gather in Ottawa for the results and we encourage you to join us virtually! Follow the excitement as we broadcast live on Youtube and Facebook.

Past Events

Contest Resources

GPC 2020 Leadership Contest Rules

Official rules for contestants and campaigns.


Our commitment to anti-discrimination

Learn more about the support we offer leadership campaigns


Official Complaint Form

To lodge an official complaint about the conduct of a contestant or campaign, fill out this form.


Compliance Decisions

See the decisions on previous complaints.


For questions regarding the contest email leadership.contest@greenparty.ca.

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