July 22nd, 2024

Jonathan Pedneault resigns from Green Party, leaving Elizabeth May as sole leader

By The Canadian Press on July 9, 2024.

Green Party co-leader Jonathan Pedneault gets a hug from co-leader Elizabeth May after announcing his resignation during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 9, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA – The man who was chosen by Green Party members to be co-leader with Elizabeth May says he’s resigning.

Jonathan Pedneault says he is leaving for personal reasons and that it’s been an honour to serve beside May and the party’s other member of Parliament, Mike Morrice.

Pedneault, who does not have his own seat in Parliament, says he is proud to have worked on rebuilding the party and stabilizing its base.

May says she is “heartbroken” by his decision and she remains committed to the co-leadership model she sought after the 2021 federal election.

In the party’s 2022 leadership race, May and Pedneault were chosen to lead the party together pending a change to the party’s constitution, with Pedneault formally serving as a deputy leader since then.

May also confirmed today that she plans to run in her Vancouver Island riding in the next election.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 9, 2024.

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