NATIONAL EXECUTIVE STATEMENT
Statement by the National Executive regarding the candidacy of Alex Tyrrell for the leadership of the Green Party of Canada and the management of finances within the Green Party of Quebec.
Montreal, January 15, 2020 - Today, Alex Tyrrell, Leader of the Green Party of Quebec, announced that he will run for the leadership of the Green Party of Canada. The National Executive of the Green Party of Quebec wishes him good luck and hopes that this campaign will spread the Green Party of Quebec's ecosocialist vision across Canada. Members of the National Executive stated that the Green Party of Quebec will remain neutral during the race and will give equal visibility to all candidates for federal leadership.
During the leadership race, Alex Tyrrell's responsibilities to the Green Party of Quebec will be slightly reduced.
Together, the Leader of the Green Party of Quebec and the National Executive have appointed two deputy leaders for the duration of the federal leadership race. They are Alice Sécheresse and Halimatou Bah, two great activists, spokespersons and former Green Party of Quebec candidates who will ensure that the Green Party of Quebec remains at the forefront of the environmental movement during the federal leadership race.
Should Alex Tyrrell win the federal leadership race, the Provincial Council of the Green Party of Quebec will appoint an interim leader. A permanent leader will be elected at the next political convention of the Green Party of Quebec scheduled for June 4-6, 2021, in Montreal. If, on the other hand, Alex Tyrrell remains as leader of the Green Party of Quebec after his campaign at the federal stage, a vote of confidence on his provincial leadership will be held in June 2021. The choice of these convention dates was recently approved by a 95% majority vote from the National Council.
The GPQ National Executive has also mandated a budget committee to deal with the GPQ's 2018 finances, following the publication of an anonymous Facebook page targeting the leader of the Green Party of Quebec with several allegations about the party's financial management during the 2018 election year.
The budget committee, composed of two members of the National Executive and the official agent of the party, carefully examined the 2018 finances and concluded that the management of funds was sound and responsible, considering the significant administrative burden, the limited resources available to the party, and the considerable challenge of organizing a nation-wide election campaign.
Given the significant increase in the party's revenues following the 2018 election, more administrative procedures have been put in place and improved by the National Executive to ensure efficient, rigorous and transparent financial management.
Thus, the National Executive considers the allegations made against the Leader of the party to be unfounded and recalls that the party has acted in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Équipe des Communications - Communications team
Parti Vert du Québec - Green Party of Quebec