Haddad back on ballot for Greens after pointing out party hypocrisy
Montreal immigration lawyer Meryam Haddad issued a mic-drop rebuttal after she was briefly expelled from the Green party leadership race this week for allegedly endorsing a “rival” provincial party in the British Columbia election.
The 32-year-old wrote to the Green party’s leadership contest committee to point out that almost exactly one year ago, former leader Elizabeth May had done the very same thing.
“I would like an explanation as to why this is a reason to expel me when just last year, Elizabeth May endorsed and encouraged people to vote for Jody Wilson-Raybould over our own
Green candidate,” Haddad wrote in her appeal letter.
“Why are the rules so different when it comes to me?”
Haddad was reinstated as a leadership candidate about 18 hours after sending the letter of appeal, with the Green party saying in a statement Thursday that the committee had taken into account “mitigating circumstances.”
Last year, May spoke at a rally for Wilson-Raybould, a former Liberal cabinet minister who was running as an Independent in the 2019 federal election after a very public feud with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the SNCLavalin affair.
May, who was Green party leader at the time, denied endorsing Wilson-Raybould, saying she was supporting a friend and standing up for ethics in politics.