Kitchener MP Mike Morrice rules out run at Green Party leadership

Since Mike Morrice is one of two Green members who will be elected to office in the federal election, the name of the newly minted Kitchener MP was naturally mentioned in relation to the opening of the tour.

Annamie Paul announced on Monday her intention to step down as party leader after a disastrous election result last week that left Morrice and former chairwoman Elizabeth May alone in the green part of the House of Commons.

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Morrice posted a statement on Twitter Tuesday praising Paul for her perseverance during her brief tenure as party chairman.

“Annamie has endured challenges that I know I would not have had to face if I had been in her place, and I respect her decision to step down at this point,” Morrice wrote.

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“As the first black Jewish leader elected to serve a federal party, her presence on the national stage inspired others to get involved.”

Statement by Mike Morrice on Annamie Paul stepping down as Chair of the Canadian Green Party: pic.twitter.com/4WrU5xlyEd

– Mike Morrice (@morricemike) September 28, 2021

Paul will formally resign within “the coming weeks,” the Greens confirmed to the Canadian Press on Monday, and their ruling federal council will then appoint a vice chairman.

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Morrice’s spokesperson told Global News in an email that he is not finalizing the books on throwing his name in the ring one day, but for now the rookie MP is focused on his new appearance.

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“Mike is open to a number of options, but right now he’s focused on serving the Kitchener Center residents so he wouldn’t be interested in finding a party leadership right now,” wrote spokeswoman Rosalind Horne. to represent the residents of the area who voted for him.

“It is important to him both to serve the residents of the area through a responsive constituency office and to address their priorities by working together to improve housing affordability, implement truly universal health care and combat climate change on a large scale and pace. “Required by the emergency that is imminent.”

After just falling behind in previous provincial and federal elections, Morrice became the first member of the Green Party to win a seat in Ontario.

He finished more than 5,000 votes ahead of his next challenger, Conservative candidate Mary Heinen Thorn.

Morrice replaces former Liberal MP Raj Saini, who dropped out of the race to deal with serious allegations against him. Nevertheless, Saini garnered 16 percent (8,297) of the votes and finished fourth.

—With files from The Canadian Press

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