More than one hundred members of the Green Party of Canada have signed an open letter to the party’s leader Annamie Paul calling on her to dismiss her spokesperson Noah Zatzman (pictured) over comments he made about the party’s Members of Parliament last month.
In a May 14 post on his public Facebook page, Mr Zatzman accused various political figures including “Green MPs” of “appalling anti Semitism and discrimination.” Mr Zatzman, who is publicly cited as Ms. Paul’s spokesperson in media reports, went on to promise the Green MPs “We will work to defeat you.”
Mr Zatzman’s post has since been removed from his Facebook page, however a screenshot of the post has been circulating on social media and has been incorporated into several articles and commentaries published on the subject of his outburst.
On Tuesday, an Open Letter to Ms. Paul calling for Mr. Zatzman’s dismissal was publicly released. The Open Letter is signed by 165 members of the party as of press time. The list of signatories continues to grow as more members find out about Mr. Zatzman’s public statement and want to join the call for his removal.
“It is unacceptable that member dues and donations are paying the salary of someone who has publicly vowed to undermine our Party. It is also unacceptable for the leader of our Party to have this individual serve as her representative to the media,” states the Open Letter to Ms. Paul.
The Party has three elected MPs: Jenica Atwin (Fredericton), Paul Manly (Nanaimo-Ladysmith), and Elizabeth May (Saanich-Gulf Islands).
Various members have been sending individual letters of protest to Ms. Paul’s office over Mr. Zatzman’s statement about the MPs. To date, Ms. Paul has not replied to member enquires on this topic.
The Open Letter has been gathering signatures for 24 hours (since May 31) on an unofficial public Facebook group for Green Party of Canada members and supporters. All signatories to the Open Letter must be party members in good standing.
Open Letter to Annamie Paul from Members of the Green Party of Canada: Dismiss Noah Zatzman
To: Annamie Paul, leader, Green Party of Canada, firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: June 1, 2021
Dear Ms. Paul,
It has now been more than two weeks since your spokesperson Noah Zatzman publicly libeled our Party’s current elected Members of Parliament and vowed to work to defeat them and replace them with Zionists. A screen shot of his May 14, 2021 public statement is attached.
You have not uttered one word to repudiate his public declaration of war on our Party and our elected MPs. And you continue to employ him as your spokesperson to the media, thus tacitly condoning and endorsing his May 14th statement.
It is unacceptable that member dues and donations are paying the salary of someone who has publicly vowed to undermine our Party. It is also unacceptable for the leader of our Party to have this individual serve as her representative to the media.
Therefore, we the undersigned, all members in good standing of the Green Party of Canada, demand that you dismiss Noah Zatzman immediately. If you are unable to do this, then you should step down as leader of our Party.
Walter Thomas Beckett
Andrew Reda Gavin
Howard Noah Leznoff
Zac De Vouge
Jason Chavez Baines
Chris R Kowalchuk
Sarah Gabrielle Baron