25 Nov

Greens pick astrophysicist Amita Kuttner as interim leader, 1st leader who is trans

The Greens have chosen Amita Kuttner, a nonbinary astrophysicist, as the interim leader of their party.

An expert in black holes, Kuttner was appointed Wednesday by the Greens' Federal Council to lead the party until a new leader is elected next year.

Kuttner, 30, will be the youngest person as well as the first trans personto lead a federal political party.

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In a statement, Kuttner said they were honoured to have been selected ... during this time of transition and renewal.

Paul Manly, the former MP who lost his British Columbia seat in the September election, withdrew Wednesday from the leadership race.

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His withdrawal from the contest in a letter to the council surprised senior Greens, prompting speculation that he may run for election to lead the party permanently.

Manly, who was backed by former leader Elizabeth May, said he was currently taking on other projects in his community.

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Kuttner, who stood against Annamie Paul for the Green leadership last year, has been a vocal advocate for action to address flooding and climate change. Their mother was killed and their father severely injured in a mudslide in 2005 after their North Vancouver home was crushed.

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