Green party leader Elizabeth May is staying put.
May admits she was tempted to step down but has decided to stay on as party leader despite party members’ controversial decision to endorse an embargo of Isreal over its treatment of Palestinians.
She told an Ottawa news conference Monday that the party’s federal council has given her its full support.
May says she wants to continue her work on electoral reform and will have more success doing that as a party leader. But she says it’s for that same reason that she thought about leaving.
“A very compelling reason for leaving was that I felt in the work on the electoral reform committee, would I not have more credibility with the Canadian public in saying we need to get rid of first past the post, if it wasn’t constantly mentioned that my party or me personally stood to gain the most.”
May firmly denied suggestions that she was considering joining another party.
She also left the door open to resigning as leader before the next federal election.
May was known to be unhappy after the party endorsed an embargo of Israel for its treatment of Palestinians. She says party members will be asked to reconsider their support of a movement to boycott Israel.