Kuttner

Courtesy CBC

Canada has its first trans federal party leader.

The Greens have picked Amita Kuttner, an expert in black holes, as their interim leader.

Kuttner, a 30-year-old astrophysicist, will be the youngest person as well as the first trans person to lead a federal political party.

Kuttner, who ran unsuccessfully against Annamie Paul for the Green leadership last year, has been vocal in her demands for action to address flooding and climate change.

Their mother was killed and their father badly hurt in a mudslide in 2005 after their North Vancouver home was crushed.

Kuttner operates the Moonlight Institute, a non-profit that tries to find ways to adapt to the climate crisis. They have served as the Green Party’s science and innovation critic and ran unsuccessfully as a candidate in the B.C. riding of Burnaby-North Seymour in the 2019 federal election.

Paul stepped down earlier this month as infighting wracked the party.

Greens elected two MP’s in September’s election but their share of the popular vote dropped.

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