Yesterday, Elizabeth May resigned the leadership of the Green Party. It was not a hasty decision. Susan Delacourt writes:
It’s a moment that’s been in the works for three years, even if the precise timing was only chosen this past weekend, when May sat down with party officials in an Ottawa hotel boardroom to plot out her exit strategy.
In 2016, May promised her daughter, Cate May-Burton, that she would get succession plans in place. Failing to find anyone interested in replacing her before the most recent election, she vowed again to her daughter that this past campaign would be her last.
May's Party only captured three seats in the election. But climate change is now at the top of the Canadian political agenda. The three seats were far from what May was hoping for. And she has a right to feel her campaign was sabotaged by dirty tricks. However, she's not bitter. And she's as honest as she was when she took on the job:
“I've always kept my word and I’ve never lied, and I think that's important,” she said at the news conference when the talk turned to legacy and how she’ll be remembered.
The Green Party -- under First Past The Post -- may never hold the balance of power. But that doesn't mean they can't drive the agenda.