Major exposé by former @CanadianGreens President @MarkMacKenzie (2012-2013) on party's leadership crisis, election debacle, and Annamie Paul's outrageous power-grabbing contract that is still in place since she is still leader markmackenzie.ca/post/what-went…
"What I am about to say is a collection of information that I have gathered from first hand sources within the GPC, and not from media reports or social media although I will reference articles... The GPC is under attack both internally and externally and has been for a while."
"The seeds of the subsequent problems lay in leader's contract. Annamie demanded far more power & authority than Elizabeth ever had, & she got what she wanted... complete control over all communications, something neither Elizabeth nor Jim Harris nor any other leader ever had."
"the threat of bringing in her lawyers if the party communicated something to members that was not in line with her and her team’s narrative was always there. This is why we only have heard one side of any of the events that occurred ever since."
"Councillors were told of the compensation package of almost $200K including benefits that was in the terms of the contract. Annamie told Council that if they did not agree to it, that she wouldn't help with fundraising and they could not use her image to do so."
"Some Councillors were concerned Annamie would resign if her contract was not accepted as written. Not wanting to go through that public relations disaster, enough Councillors waived it through, sight unseen, by a vote of 8 to 7 with no changes to what her lawyers had demanded."
"Another key plank was that if there was a dispute between the leader and the party, it would go to arbitration and costs on both sides would be paid for by the party....stay tuned."
"Another clause in the contract provided for her ability to hire and fire people outside of the normal authority of the [Executive Director]... Although Annamie's contract had not yet been approved when [Noah] Zatzman was contracted, this was her hire."
"The first serious public display of dysfunction was really the Toronto Star series of articles [April 2021] where Sean Yo, her Toronto Centre campaign manager, began the allegations that the party was inhibiting her on the basis of her race, religion and gender."
"Both Annamie and the Toronto Star were informed of Sean's mistake [re: campaign funds for Toronto Centre byelection] and could have corrected the record but did not. This was the beginning of the false narrative that the party was racist and holding back support on that basis."
"with complete control of the external communications, Annamie and her team could say anything they wanted to later on. Under threat of legal action, the party could not clarify, correct, refute or respond to these articles in any fashion without potentially getting sued..."
"...and having to pay for Annamie’s lawyers in addition to their own. From there it has been a feeding frenzy disparaging the party on the basis of false, skewed information and outright untruths from Annamie Paul and her team."
[Re: Noah Zatzman's May 14, 2021 facebook post]: "In any other party, in any other country and in any other time, he would have been summarily dismissed without question and his comments immediately disavowed by the party and the leader. Annamie refused to do so, to this day."
"Ms. Paul clearly wanted complete... control of messaging & did not want to share the mic with anybody. By not appointing any Deputy Leaders, she made sure she would have the sole ability to spin any situation in a way that could not be questioned by anybody else in the party."
"The Annamie Paul controlled website removed all candidate information within 72 hours of election day, even while results were not official. This is extremely disrespectful to the slate of candidates and their volunteers"
"Constitutionally in the Green Party of Canada, the powers of the leader are indeed limited. Previous leaders needed to persuade party officials about use of resources, and the party had never fully relinquished control of communications to the leader until this leader."

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