Annamie Paul is your 2019 Green candidate!

Annamie Paul addresses members and supporters.

Annamie Paul addresses members and supporters.

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TORONTO – The Green Party of Canada’s Toronto Centre riding has selected its candidate for the 2019 federal election: Ms. Annamie Paul, a lawyer and social entrepreneur. This was the first contested Green nomination in the history of Toronto Centre. Following the announcement of the results, in front of a record turnout, supporters immediately pledged over $10,000 to Ms. Paul’s campaign.

“After battering the coasts, The Green Wave has hit the shores of Toronto and we are ready to ride that wave all the way to Parliament Hill!”, Paul said. “We have the team, we have the vision, and I am ready to run all the way to a seat in Ottawa.”

Born in Toronto Centre, Annamie was the founder of the Canadian Centre for Political Leadership (CCPL): a non-profit that trained marginalized peoples to run for elected office. She is very proud that former CCPL trainees, including local Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, are now serving their communities in elected roles. More recently, Annamie co-founded the Barcelona International Public Policy Hub (BIPP HUB): a social enterprise that supports international NGOs working on global challenges.

Annamie Paul has over 15 years of experience in international affairs and external relations, including as the Brussels/EU Director for Crisis Action, a leading conflict prevention NGO; as an Advisor in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court; and as a Political Officer in Canada’s Mission to the European Union. She is an alumnus of the University of Ottawa and Princeton University.

The nomination was contested by former provincial candidate Adam Sommerfeld, who pledged his support for Annamie’s campaign immediately following the results. “Green ideas are resonating with Canadians across the country”, he said. “We need Greens to win, so our ideas can win. Annamie is a formidable and engaging candidate. She has my unwavering support, and I think she can win here in Toronto Centre!”

In her address to the crowd, Annamie noted the importance of bringing real representation to the constituents of Toronto Centre. “I will represent the people, and not a party”, she said. “Toronto Centre has urgent economic and safety needs and deserves an MP who will fight side-by-side with them every day”. She also emphasised that humanity faces a critical moment as a result of the climate emergency. “I want all of us in Toronto Centre to be on the right side of history, so when future generations ask us what we did to save our planet, we will have an answer we can be proud of”.

Over 70 people attended the nomination meeting at the Wellesley Community Centre.

Over 70 people attended the nomination meeting at the Wellesley Community Centre.

Adam Sommerfeld