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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May speaks at a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct.21, 2008.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May speaks at a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct.21, 2008.

Greens delay leadership race Add to ...

The top job in the Green Party isn't up for grabs - yet.

The party will not hold a leadership race at its convention in Toronto later this month.

Greens overwhelmingly voted to pass a motion delaying a leadership review until after the next federal election.

A leadership race must be held every four years under the party's constitution.

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Leader Elizabeth May's term ends Aug. 31 and at least one challenger - retired army officer Sylvie Lemieux - had stepped forward.

But 74 per cent of Greens voted for a motion to put off a leadership review until after the next federal election. Any motion that gets more than 60 per cent support before the convention is considered passed.

Ms. May is trying to become the first Green MP, running in a Vancouver Island riding held by junior Conservative cabinet minister Gary Lunn.

She told The Canadian Press her party's decision is the right one with the whiff of a fall election in the air.

"There's a significant risk of a fall election," Ms. May said.

"It certainly would have been, to put it mildly, a complication if we'd had a fall election while we were in the middle of a leadership race.

"So, on balance, this is a very sensible decision. I mean, I wasn't very worried one way or another, but it's good to have some decisions."

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