Ottawa-area Greens working to cut through the noise — including their party’s — to resonate with voters

Excerpted from the Ottawa Citizen – August 25, 2021

Local Greens are also dealing with the fallout of highly public party infighting at the national level, with their highest-profile member, leader Annamie Paul, at the centre of a firestorm in the months leading up to the election call.

Between extreme weather events, unrealized opportunities to participate in a greening economy and growing impatience with the efforts of political leaders thus far to respond to the “code red” crisis of man-made climate change, Green party candidates in the National Capital Region see plenty of reasons why their party is the one to cast a ballot for in 2021. More, perhaps, than ever before.

But, like a toddler, or a teenager, who decides to throw a tantrum at the most inopportune of times, local Greens are also dealing with the fallout of highly public party infighting at the national level, with their highest-profile member, leader Annamie Paul, at the centre of a firestorm in the months leading up to the election call.

It’s all rather complicated, but it involves a then-advisor of Paul accusing party MPs of anti-Semitism during the spring-time escalation of the Israel-Palestine conflict, Paul refusing to condemn this, a Green MP crossing the floor to join the Liberals and internal challenges to Paul’s leadership.

“I’m ex-military, and so I feel that … there was a huge distraction, obviously, in the party. It was not mission-oriented,” said Green party candidate and health critic Dr. Jennifer Purdy, a physician running for the second time in Kanata–Carleton.

“If our mission is climate emergency and helping people out in our ridings and in Canada and then of course around the world … Well, then this totally took the party off its primary mission, and that’s deeply regrettable. So it has been frustrating.”

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