2020 Green Party of Canada leadership election

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2020 Green Party of Canada leadership election

← 2006 October 4, 2020[1]

Leader before election

Jo-Ann Roberts (interim)

Elected Leader


Green Party leadership election, 2020
DateOctober 4, 2020
ConventionCharlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Resigning leaderElizabeth May
Won byTBD
Green leadership elections
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The 2020 Green Party of Canada leadership election will take place on October 4, 2020 to elect a leader to replace Elizabeth May, who resigned on November 4, 2019[1][2][3] after leading the party for more than a decade and achieving a record three seats in Parliament in the 2019 federal election.


On October 24, 2019, Elizabeth May announced that she had plans not to serve as Green Party leader into the 44th Canadian federal election.[4] Later, she revealed that she was interested in running for Speaker of the House. If her bid was successful, she would have been forced to step down as leader.[5] However, on November 4, 2019, May announced she was stepping down as leader and would not seek a bid for Speaker. Furthermore, Jo-Ann Roberts was named interim leader.[2] May stayed on as the parliamentary leader in the House.


David Merner[edit]

Background: Former Justice Department lawyer, former president of the Liberal Party of Canada's British Columbia wing, Green Party candidate for Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke in 2019, Liberal candidate for Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke in 2015
Date announced: November 5, 2019[6][7]

Expressed interest[edit]

Potential contenders[edit]




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