After posting its best result ever in the 2019 election, the resignation of its former leader Elizabeth May prompted soul-searching among the party’s ranks as an ethically and ideologically diverse group of candidates lined up to replace her. Paul, a relative moderate, narrowly beat out an opponent who described himself as a
eco-socialist.She promised aggressive action on climate change and policies to address systemic discrimination.
But Paul was hampered by party infighting and a dispute over the party’s policy on Israeli and Palestinian issues.
During May’s Middle East crisis, Paul, a Jewish woman, called for de-escalation and a return to dialogue — a response that was seen as insufficiently critical of Israel by some in the party, including one of its then MPs, Jenica Atwin.
Under Paul’s leadership, the party’s vote dropped from a high-water mark of 1.1 million votes and 6.5 per cent of the national vote in 2019 to less than 400,00 votes and 2.3 per cent of the vote share in the most recent contest.
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