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Elizabeth May Speaks out About ‘Rumours’ Swirling Around Green Party Turmoil

OTTAWA—Former Green leader Elizabeth May is speaking out after months of near−silence on the internal strife engulfing the party she headed for 13 years. In a statement to media Tuesday afternoon, May says “rumours” about her involvement in party power struggles have pushed her to clarify she has no role in any of the Greens’ governing bodies. Members of the federal council, which governs most of the party’s affairs, have clashed with leader Annamie Paul for months over issues that range from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to staff layoffs and funding for Paul’s riding campaign in Toronto Centre. May says she did have first-hand knowledge of Green MP Jenica Atwin’s defection to the Liberals last month, a loss of one-third of the Green caucus that May called “painful” but no cause for “misplaced anger, blame and name-calling.” May says she fully supports the Green party, adding simply that “our leader is …

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