Elizabeth May, Leader of Green Party (2010) How Gov’t Works

An environmental activist since her teens, Elizabeth May left her position as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada to run successfully for leader of the Green Party of Canada in 2006. Elizabeth May, who is a lawyer and author, is media savvy and knows how to get attention for her causes. Although she failed to win a seat in Parliament when she ran in a by-election in London North in 2006, it was under her leadership that an Independent member of parliament joined the Green Party just before the 2008 election, giving the party its first MP. In the 2008 election, the Green Party did not win any seats.

Themes

Becoming party leader : challenges and opportunities
Working for change
Getting the media’s attention
Observations from Copenhagen
What is it mean to be Green? standing out from all the others