Green Party Leader Ryan Watson has announced his intention to resign. Watson will remain as Leader until the Annual General Meeting this fall, where a new Leader will be elected.
In a letter to Green Party members and supporters Watson says that the decision to resign has been difficult, but “it has become clear that it is time for another transition.”
In his letter Watson also stressed the importance of continuity, and his commitment to working to support the next phase of growth for the Green Party of Nova Scotia.
The following letter was posted on his blog, elaborating on his decision:
Dear Green Party members and supporters,
It has been an honour to serve as leader of our party for the past year. The Green Party is now entering a new phase, and I have decided to resign from my position to open up space for new energy to emerge.
I will continue as leader until the Annual General Meeting (AGM) this fall, where a new leader will be elected.
My intention is to continue to work with all Green Party members over the coming months to lift the level of communication, help increase our organizational capacity, and build our energy for the AGM.
The greatest challenge we face is finding ways to work creatively and democratically though our conflicts and differences.
We all have great passion for positive change in Nova Scotia, and our diversity will become a strength when we can transform this passion into momentum for the party.
The decision to resign has not come easy. I believe in this party, and I believe that I have something positive to offer as leader.
But it has become clear to me that it is time for another transition. We need a new focus on the issues, and a new energy to move forward into the next electoral cycle.
But we also need stability and continuity, and I remain committed to working to support the next phase of growth for the Green Party of Nova Scotia.
Thank you to members, friends and supporters who have worked so hard for our party over the past year. I continue to believe that the Green Party has a unique and valuable contribution to make to Nova Scotia politics.
I will do everything I can to help this party realize its full potential in the years to come.
Yours in the vision of a greener Nova Scotia,
Leader, Green Party of Nova