On November 24th, 2021, the Green Party of Canada announced an interim leader. Amita Kuttner is a non-binary astrophysicist who started their political career in 2019 when they ran for the Canadian Federal Election for Burnaby North—Seymour and finished fourth.
In the 2020 Kuttner ran in Green Party leadership election and finished in sixth place, being eliminated in the fourth round with 7.32 percent of the vote.
Kuttner has had a spat with Party’s then leader, Elizabeth May, accusing the party of systematic inequalities. Kuttner released an statement in her website which they later deleted.

Kuttner then told the media that they experienced transphobia and racism during the race.
Kuttner said: “I have experienced direct racism, I have experienced a lot of transphobia.”
Kuttner even said they faced slurs during online party events.

“I have experienced direct racism, I have experienced a lot of transphobia.”

Amita Kuttner

A New Beginning

Despite all the bad blood in the party, when it was time to find a replacement for Party’s former leader, Annamie Paul, Kuttner was chosen.
Kuttner said the Greens are like their family and watching it bleed last year was painful. They said they wanted to start the process of regrowth and to heal the party.
“The healing is not just for those who have been at each other’s throats but everyone hurt by the fact this has happened” they said.
The Green Party of Canada suffered a great loss in economic, social, etc. in the last election and Kuttner said now that the infightings within the Party is over, the Greens will gain the trust of the Canadian voters.

“The healing is not just for those who have been at each other’s throats but everyone hurt by the fact this has happened”

Amita Kuttner

Kuttner is the youngest, the first transgender as well as the first person of East Asian heritage to be the leader of the Green Party.

Many are watching closely to see if Kuttner can bring the change they talk about to the Greens of Canada. Kuttner initially ruled out going for the permanent job as they are going through a medical transition but will hold off until the party elects its next leader which can be a long time. This is enough to fulfill their promises of bringing equality and trust among the members.
Note: The GGN tried to contact Kuttner to get their comments on the issues mentioned but received no answer.


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