Green Party terminates embattled Annamie Paul advisor

For three weeks Green leader Annamie Paul defended her advisor Noah Zatzman, who branded two Green MPs as anti-Semites and pledged to defeat them in the next election. Zatzman has now been terminated by the Green Party executive committee.

OTTAWA — Deep divisions in the Green party continue amid accusations of intolerance and strong-arm tactics against some members.

Two Green party sources, who spoke to The Canadian Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters, confirmed that the executive committee voted Friday not to renew the contract of a senior adviser to Leader Annamie Paul when it expires next month.

The adviser, Noah Zatzman, in a May 14 social media post, accused two Green MPs, excepting Elizabeth May, of anti-Semitism and committed to defeating them in the next election. The Green Party has three MPs. His post provoked calls for his removal.

Zatzman, who declined to comment, has worked with Paul since July and remains on board as a voluntary adviser to the leader.

Separately, two party executives recently announced they would step down early, including John Kidder, a vice-president on the party's governing body and husband to MP and former leader Elizabeth May.

The resignations open up more space for a slate of new candidates for executive positions in a party that has been seized by power struggles since the election of Annamie Paul.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 8, 2021.

The Canadian Press with CNC files

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