Toronto Star

Kuttner chosen as interim leader


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

Amita Kuttner, an expert in black holes, was appointed Thursday 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 person and person of eastAsian descent to lead a federal political party.

Paul Manly, the former MP who lost his B.C. seat in the September election, withdrew Wednesday from the leadership race. His withdrawal 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.

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. Kuttner runs the Moonlight Institute, a non-profit that explores ways to adapt to the climate crisis. They have served as the Greens’ science and innovation critic and ran as a candidate in the B.C. riding of Burnaby-North Seymour in the 2019 federal election.

The interim leader will be in the post for a maximum of six months before a full-time leader can be elected.

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