Canada's Green Party leader Annamie Paul attends a vigil organised after four members of a Muslim family were killed in what police describe as a hate-motivated attack at London Muslim Mosque in London, Ontario, Canada, June 8, 2021.
Should Annamie Paul be removed at that time, the Green party would be faced with coming up with an interim leader who could unite the party in short order, and be ready to perform in both the English and French debates should Justin Trudeau call an election.
Paul herself is not a member of parliament.
A scathing series of accusations in a letter, obtained by The Canadian Press, that accompanied a non-confidence motion signed by six of 15 councillors laid bare the level of acrimony toward Paul from some insiders.
Paul, the first Black woman elected to lead a mainstream federal party, said the document was "so racist, so sexist" that it was "immediately disavowed" by a majority of party brassand both Green MPs. That second motion requires backing from three-quarters of the council, and would open the door to yet another motion to remove Paul from her post at a general meeting of party members.
The motion says that if Paul does not comply with the motion, she'll face a vote of non-confidence on July 20.
Tuesday night's decision follows a hard few weeks for the party, which has been ripped apart by internal disputes over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Annamie Paul's version of Atwin's defection is that the dispute over the Israel-Palestine issue was merely a "manufactured" reason to justify something that had been in the works before that policy dispute. It also arrives less than a week after Jenica Atwin, one of three Green MPs, defected to the Liberals, citing the "distraction" of party turmoil over the latest Mideast crisis. They have yet to publicly express support for Paul since Atwin's departure, the "conditions" for which stemmed from Zatzman's "attack" against her, they said last week.
Referring to their tweets, Zatzman said on Facebook: "We will work to defeat you".
The party's executive committee voted last week not to renew Zatzman's contract, local media reported.
At a news conference on Tuesday, Paul was asked to comment on the Quebec wing of the Green party, which is calling for her resignation. There are now three vacancies on the council, including the vice-president English position, recently held by John Kidder, Green MP Elizabeth May's husband, who stepped down unexpectedly, leaving his council position one year early.
"The post came largely as a response to Atwin, who deemed the Green leader's statement on violence in the Palestinian Territories "completely inadequate" and called on Israel to "#EndApartheid" in a Twitter post on May 11.
In a media statement, May and Manly said they were "heartbroken" by Atwin's decision - and that Zatzman was to blame.
Green MPs Paul Manly and Elizabeth May - former party leader - did not comment on the slow-motion coup attempt playing out on their governing body.
"I recognized it was a hard moment (we went through), and that I would do what I could to help us to get through it", Paul said.
Paul said that while the party supports cross-party co-operation and rejects excessive partisanship, she said there are "significant differences" between the Green and Liberal parties and called Atwin's floor-crossing a "disappointment". Paul's critics say she made no effort to keep Atwin from leaving.
Paul has said Atwin first reached out to Liberals before that date, however.