The first black woman to lead a political party in Canada resigns

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Montreal, Sept. 27 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – Sept. 27, 2021): The first black woman to lead a national party in Canada says the glass ceiling she shattered then “fell on my head As she announced her resignation from the Green Party and retirement from politics on Monday.

“When I was elected and put in this role, I was breaking a glass ceiling. What I didn’t know at the time was that I was breaking a glass ceiling that was going to fall on my head,” said Annamie Paul, specialist lawyer. in international matters, said.

It left “a lot of shards of glass that I was going to have to crawl over … throughout my tenure as a leader,” she said.

“It was extremely painful. It was the worst time of my life,” admitted Paul after his party was routed in national elections last week.

Paul became the first black woman to lead a federal party in Canada on October 3, 2020, succeeding Elizabeth May, who led the Greens for 13 years.

Paul led the party for the past year and tried to get elected in Canada’s smallest and most densely populated constituency, Toronto Center.

But the 48-year-old politician was fourth with just 8.5% of the vote.

The Greens encountered difficulties even before the start of the electoral campaign, weakened by problems of image, unity and finances.

They also suffered a crushing defeat in the September 20 general election, electing just two of 338 members to the House of Commons.

The party, which has been relatively marginal in its 38-year history, came sixth in the popular vote with just 2.3% of the vote, behind the right-wing People’s Party.

Despite the “huge struggle”, Paul said she had no regrets.

“I knew we were probably not going to do well,” she said.


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