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Elizabeth May

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Elizabeth May, July 2014
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saanich—Gulf Islands
Assumed office
May 2, 2011
Preceded by Gary Lunn
Leader of the Green Party of Canada
In office
August 26, 2006 – November 4, 2019
Preceded by Jim Harris
Succeeded by Jo-Ann Roberts (interim)
Personal details
Elizabeth Evans May

June 9, 1954 (1954-06-09) (age 67)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Political party Green
Residence Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
Alma mater Dalhousie Law School (1983)
Occupation Politician, lawyer, writer

Elizabeth Evans May OC MP (born June 9, 1954) is an American-born Canadian politician. May was leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich—Gulf Islands. She is an environmentalist, author, activist, and lawyer, May served as the Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada from 1989 to 2006.

On May 2, 2011, she became the first member of the Green Party of Canada to be elected as a Member of Parliament.

May ran for re-election in the 2015 federal election in the riding of Saanich–Gulf Islands and was successful in regaining her seat in Parliament. After the 2015 election, she was the only Green Party member in the House of Commons. This changed on May 6, 2019, when Paul Manly was elected. Manly became the second Green Party member in the House of Commons.

After the 2019 Canadian federal election, May said she was going to stop being the leader of the Green Party.

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