The primary responsibilities of the Green Party leader are to grow the party and act as a spokesperson for the policies the members have duly adopted.
Greens across the country are deeply disappointed that the relationship between the leader and Green MPs has deteriorated to the extent that Jenica Atwin has crossed the floor to the Liberal Party of Canada.
By refusing to defend Green MPs from false accusations against them emanating from her own office, the Green Party leader has alienated members, failed to unite the party and succeeded only in shrinking our caucus.
While I do not believe that the Liberal Party is the way forward for progressive Canadians or for the country, I wish Jenica Atwin all the best in the future. I very much hope that, one day, the conditions will exist for her to return to the Green Party while remaining true to her values and priorities.
My full statement on the circumstances that precipitated Jenica’s departure can be read here.