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Elizabeth May

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Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May, July 2014
Leader of the Green Party of Canada
Assumed office
November 19, 2022
DeputyJonathan Pedneault
Preceded byAmita Kuttner (interim)
In office
August 26, 2006 – November 4, 2019
Preceded byJim Harris
Succeeded byJo-Ann Roberts (interim)
Parliamentary Leader of the Green Party of Canada
In office
November 4, 2019 – November 19, 2022
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Member of Parliament
for Saanich—Gulf Islands
Assumed office
May 2, 2011
Preceded byGary Lunn
Personal details
Elizabeth Evans May

(1954-06-09) June 9, 1954 (age 70)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyGreen
ResidenceSidney, British Columbia, Canada
Alma materDalhousie Law School (1983)
OccupationPolitician, lawyer, writer

Elizabeth Evans May OC MP (born June 9, 1954) is an American-born Canadian politician. May was leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich—Gulf Islands. She is an environmentalist, author, activist, and lawyer, May served as the Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada from 1989 to 2006.

On May 2, 2011, she became the first member of the Green Party of Canada to be elected as a Member of Parliament.[1]

May ran for re-election in the 2015 federal election in the riding of Saanich–Gulf Islands and was successful in regaining her seat in Parliament.[2] After the 2015 election, she was the only Green Party member in the House of Commons.[3] This changed on May 6, 2019, when Paul Manly was elected. Manly became the second Green Party member in the House of Commons.[4]

After the 2019 Canadian federal election, May said she was going to stop being the leader of the Green Party.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Elizabeth May, again excluded, tweets her way into Munk debate conversation". cbc.ca. September 29, 2015.
  2. "Elizabeth May re-elected, leaving party with 1 seat". cbc.ca. October 20, 2015.
  3. "Federal Election 2015: Elizabeth May's acceptance speech". Global News. Archived from the original on 2015-10-22. Retrieved 2018-07-08.
  4. Zussman, Richard; Little, Simon (May 7, 2019). "Greens claim historic 2nd federal seat with upset byelection win in Nanaimo-Ladysmith". Global News. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  5. Tasker, John Paul; Zimonjic, Peter (November 4, 2019). "Elizabeth May steps down as Green Party leader". CBC News. Retrieved November 16, 2020.