Had­dad back on bal­lot for Greens af­ter point­ing out party hypocrisy

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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.

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