Elizabeth May accuses NDP of using 'strong-arm tactics' to force defectors back into the fold - 2019-09-05

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F182.png Elizabeth May accuses NDP of using 'strong-arm tactics' to force defectors back into the fold September 5, 2019, Gabrielle Fahmy, CBC News

The federal NDP and Greens traded accusations Thursday over the apparent defections of some former New Brunswick NDP provincial candidates, capping off two days of squabbling between the progressive parties over the extent of the NDP exodus and the motivations of those involved.

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh accused the Greens of spreading misinformation about the number of defections from the provincial wing of his party, while Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said Singh's party used "strong-arm tactics" to push some would-be defectors to stay in the party fold or risk putting Singh in a bad light.

In a strongly worded statement sent to reporters Thursday, May said seven of the 14 former provincial NDP candidates will stay with the New Brunswick Green Party after making the swap on Tuesday, as most of the group have since "rejected these strong-arm tactics and will continue to support the Greens."

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{{cite news | first = Gabrielle | last = Fahmy | author2 = John Paul Tasker | title = Elizabeth May accuses NDP of using 'strong-arm tactics' to force defectors back into the fold | url = https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/ndp-greens-defectors-non-defectors-1.5271235 | work = CBC News | date = September 5, 2019 | accessdate = September 10, 2019 }}