The Toronto Star and The Hill Times both published accounts of ex-staffers who claimed that Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party, was guilty of workplace bullying and creating a toxic work environment.
The reports were verified by multiple staffers. Elizabeth May has taken a different approach to the controversy than one would expect. Instead of saying that she is sorry or that she will try to be nicer, she has said that all she is guilty of is having a backbone.
Speaking to reporters, she said, “In light of the…groundless, but still serious, charges against me I asked the Green Party executive director and the others in the party to please put in place an independent inquiry so we can put this matter to bed for good.”
She went on to say that the fact that she had worked for so many people and only 3 people were complaining should not be forgotten. “Although it grieves me to say it, of the hundreds of people who have worked for me over the years and the thousands of people I’ve met, in my work both at Sierra Club and in the Green Party, not everybody likes me. And that’s OK, I accept that, it’s life.”
The investigation will take two to four weeks at the end of which the findings will be made public, and appropriate action will be taken.
Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.