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Greens expel Montreal lawyer from leadership race days before voting starts

Last Updated Sep 23, 2020 at 11:08 am EDT

OTTAWA — Montreal lawyer Meryam Haddad is appealing after the Green party expelled her from its leadership contest Tuesday.

Hadadd says she was informed Tuesday afternoon that the party was taking her off the ballot, citing violations of the party’s code of conduct.

The decision comes just days before electronic voting begins for the party to choose its next leader.

Almost 35,000 people are signed up to vote in the contest, with the winner to be announced in Ottawa Oct. 3.

Haddad says she believes the decision is motivated by fear her campaign has been upsetting the “status quo.”

A party spokeswoman says there will be no further comment until after Hadadd’s appeal is heard.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2020.

Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press