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The turmoil, infighting and conflict plaguing the Green Party started just days after Annamie Paul was elected leader, CTV News has learned. Green Party sources say Paul and the party clashed over her expected salary. CTV News has agreed not to disclose their identities, because they were not authorized to speak to media. Paul asked for “significantly” more compensation than the party paid former leader Elizabeth May, according to sources. May received a salary top-up from the Green Party in addition to her salary as a member of Parliament. Sources say the unelected Paul wanted to be paid about the same as an MP. The base salary for an MP is $185,800. Negotiations became so heated, sources say, that Paul suggested she would resign, or refuse to allow the party to use her photo for fundraising efforts. “I think the long-term damage that (the Green Party of Canada is) doing to (its) brand as a political party is significant,” said political campaign strategist Zain Velji. “I suspect that this might be the beginning of the end, or the middle of the end as you kind of look at it right now, of the modern day Green Party.”

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