Green Leader Annamie Paul loses bid to become MP for Toronto

Green Party Leader Annamie Paul has lost in the Ontario riding of Toronto Centre.

This was her third time seeking the downtown Toronto seat, considered a Liberal stronghold.

She lost to former Liberal finance minister Bill Morneau in the 2019 federal election.

She also ran unsuccessfully in an October 2020 byelection, losing to Liberal Marci Ien, who was re-elected tonight.

That contest took place about three weeks after Paul won the Green Party leadership race.

Paul says she is disappointed she fell short in her bid to win a seat in the House of Commons.

She noted that voters have decided to elect almost the same number of MPs from every party, but more divided and polarized.

Speaking to supporters in Toronto, Paul is calling for MPs to work together to heal whatever political wounds were created during the election, because voters clearly want their federal parties to work together.

Former party leader Elizabeth May is projected to hold her B.C. riding Saanich-Gulf Islands, while Mike Morrice looks to have won the party’s first federal seat in Ontario in Kitchener Centre.

Paul Manly is trailing in his B.C. riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

May says it’s up to Annamie Paul to decide her own future. Still, she says the Greens will play a vital role in a minority government scenario.

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