Well, Elizabeth May is taking a week off to consider resigning as leader of the Green Party of Canada. I would like to take this opportunity to wish her well.

In my opinion, the most concerning part of this whole thing is the speed at which both her rhetoric and version of events has been evolving.

At the convention, Ms May repeatedly insisted that BDS was not anti-Semitic and, in her keynote speech, personally thanked the resolution’s sponsors for allowing us to debate this issue. She called the process a pristine example of grassroots democracy and vowed to support the membership’s decision.

Ms May is now saying the exact opposite. She is criticizing the democratic process, saying that BDS is anti-Semitic, that the resolution’s sponsors are “single-issue people” and that the resolution should never have been debated in the first place.

I suspect that Elizabeth May has become a victim of the very form of bullying by the Israeli lobby which she passionately denounced during her keynote address at last week’s convention in Ottawa.

Alex Tyrrell
Leader of the Green Party of Quebec

– More Information –

The Globe and Mail: Elizabeth May taking time off to consider resigning as Green Party leader http://bit.ly/2aLikGx

CBC: Elizabeth May ponders future after Green Party’s support for Israeli boycott policy http://bit.ly/2b7gd4e

Maclean’s: For the record: What Elizabeth May said on Saturday in Ottawa http://bit.ly/2aGxPBG

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