The new leader of the Green Party of Canada is calling on Justin Trudeau to suspend byelections in Toronto due to COVID concerns.
“Unless there is some compelling, overwhelming reason to do so, you don’t hold a bylection when you’re in the middle of the second wave,” said Annamie Paul during a health briefing in Ottawa.
Of the two byelections underway in Toronto, Paul is running in Toronto Centre, which was previously held by Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau.
While the chief electoral officer can recommend postponing a byelection, only the prime minister has the power of suspension.
A recent interview from Refinery29 with Paul included some praise for Dr. Leslyn Lewis, the former CPC leadership candidate currently looking to win a nomination to run federally in Haldimand-Norfolk:
I think it was great to see Leslyn Lewis, for instance, running for the [federal] Conservative leadership because Leslyn Lewis and I share virtually nothing in common in terms of politics and public policy. I profoundly disagree with her politics and many of her values, but she is also a Black woman.
Paul, a 47-year-old lawyer, won the Green Party's leadership bid against eight contestants. She officially took the reins on October 3, filling the position Elizabeth May had held since 2006.