Acting Green Party leader Jo-Ann Roberts began to expose ideas for the future of the party after Elizabeth May – and she reflects on the idea that former Liberal MP Jody Wilson -Raybould take the helm.
"I'd like to have a conversation with her to see what her vision is and what she sees in the future," Roberts told host Chris Hall in an interview with CBC. Radio. The House broadcast on Saturday.
When asked if Wilson-Raybould, now an independent MP, could agree to replace May as party leader, Roberts said it was "possible."
"Elizabeth has asked her once before, and I think as they will work closely together in the House, I would be very surprised if Elizabeth does not recruit," Roberts told Hall.
May announced Monday that she would be leaving her post as Greens leader after more than 13 years of work.
Roberts – who was appointed acting chief earlier this week – said the Greens have not yet contacted Wilson-Raybould to stand at the top leadership outlets, but added that there are "no Other potential candidates with whom she has already made contact.
"I've talked to a few other people in the country who are not currently on the radar and I'll let them stay like this for a short time," she said. "I will soon be able to remove this curtain."
A long-time supporter of Wilson-Raybould
Earlier this year, Wilson-Raybould and estranged Liberal government colleague Jane Philpott opted to participate in federal elections as independents, after speculating that they could run under the green banner. .
"I do not have the slightest doubt that I would love it," May had already said. The House, regarding the prospect of Philpott and Wilson-Raybould as green candidates.
May had several conversations with the couple – and even offered to withdraw from leadership if Wilson-Raybould expressed an interest in taking on this position.
Back in September, May also attended a rally between Wilson-Raybould and Philpott in Vancouver, which questioned May's support for her own Vancouver Granville candidate.
Wilson-Raybould successfully defended his Vancouver Granville headquarters last month, while Philpott lost his seat in Ontario's Markham-Stouffville to Helena Jaczek, a Liberal.
"We want diversity"
Roberts said that she was looking for someone who could share the party's vision on climate change and bring something new to the table.
"We are looking for new voices and this voice can be young or old, but we want diversity," she said. "We want someone who has a different perspective of life from what we've had until now presents itself."
Roberts remained unobtrusive about whether she pulled other prospects from inside or outside the party.
The acting leader noted that a number of prominent green candidates had lost in the federal election, a pool that could provide fertile ground for a permanent leader.
"There were strong candidates on which we will now come back and say," Hey, do you have any other projects? "Roberts said.
The Green Party will hold its October 4, 2020 Leadership Conference in Charlottetown, PEI