Green leader Annamie Paul to show up at the Toronto Center, setting the stage for rematch
Annamie Paul doubles over Toronto Center.
The Green Party leader plans to announce her nomination contest Thursday ahead of a possible federal election, setting her up for a rematch in the riding she failed to win in a by-election ago. less than four months.
Paul came in second after Liberal newcomer Marci Ien in October following the resignation of former Finance Minister Bill Morneau, but she garnered a good third of the votes cast.
The ruling ends speculation about whether Paul would run in other green electoral districts in Ontario, like Guelph or Toronto – Danforth, but reopens questions about the challenges she faces in one of the strongholds Strongest grit in the country.
“Central Toronto has long been seen as an inaccessible liberal fortress, but we Greens don’t shy away from what’s right, even when it’s difficult,” she said in a statement.
“As the saying goes:” I stick and I stay “.
Paul, who was born in the constituency, hopes to use Toronto as a base to support other local candidates and have quick access to Canada’s media hub.
The move is the latest by the Greens, who currently have three MPs in parliament, ahead of a possible election campaign as parties scrutinize candidates and revive fundraising.
Paul, who beat seven leadership contestants in early October, is trying to chart a middle course among members who come in all shades of green, from eco-socialists to economically conservative green people.
Paul turns to the socially progressive party
On the broader political front, Paul has steered the party toward more socially progressive ground that directly encroaches on NDP territory, calling for guaranteed sustainable income, universal pharmacare, and free post-secondary education.
She also focused on the crisis in homes for the elderly, where the number of deaths from COVID-19 continues to rise at an alarming rate.
Central Toronto includes neighborhoods where many residents work in precarious jobs, including essential workers.
“Some neighborhoods have experienced COVID-19 infection rates tripling those of neighboring communities. Many residents of our local long-term care facilities have died from COVID-19,” she said.
“Opioid-related deaths have increased in Toronto and our community is among the worst affected.
Paul also emphasized the lighter side of life in the area, which she praised for its compassion and community spirit.
“You can see it in community gardens, annual festivals, food banks and small businesses. This community is doing all they can for themselves. They just need a little more help.”
Paul is expected to hold a press conference shortly before noon Thursday.