Jim Bickerton, a political scientist at St. Francis Xavier University, said that while May's critique of poor organization may be true, it isn't surprising since the party tends to focus its events and profile around the leader.
"It was a campaign focused on May. She did become the Green party in that campaign to a great extent, but maybe she's almost suggesting it wasn't by design," he said. "It fell to her because of a weakness in the organization."
May confirmed in a telephone interview Sunday that the document was drafted by her and sent to candidates and senior people in the party.
"It's a preliminary, personal assessment of high and lows and lessons learned," she said.
May wrote in the document that some of the problems were outside of the party's control, such as the economic meltdown in the United States. The economic crisis "took the campaign focus off areas of our traditional strength," she added.