After years of online abuse, Katherine McKenna left federal politics
After a series of online hatred and personal attacks on her constituency office during her six years as a member of Congress, Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna announced on Monday that she will no longer participate in the next election.
McKenna-who led the controversial fight to impose a national price on carbon emissions as the environment minister-has long been the target of sexist attacks as she defended climate action in the face of entrenched opposition.
But she said that the hardship she experienced in politics was not the motivation for her to leave. Instead, she said, she wanted to spend more time with the children after spending many nights in the office. She said that the COVID-19 pandemic forced her to “step back and reflect on the most important things.”
McKenna also said that she hopes to focus on addressing climate change outside the government. In the COP26 climate negotiations in Glasgow, Scotland later this year, she offered to help Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Canadian delegation.
McKenna said her experience should not discourage young women from entering politics. She said that although there may be some abuse, elected positions are still the best place to bring about change.
Her office was destroyed, and her Twitter provided a lot of misogynistic information-but McKenna said that entering federal politics was her setting a Canadian carbon price and implementing the country’s first “meaningful climate plan” to achieve 2030 The only way to significantly reduce emissions before the year.
She said that after the Supreme Court maintained that the carbon tax was constitutional, all parties began to accept that pricing pollution is the best way to curb emissions-a sign that politicians can play a role.
As Minister of Infrastructure, she also signed a check worth tens of billions of dollars for the construction of public transportation and other green projects.
Watch: McKenna announces that she will not seek re-election in the next federal election
“For many people who are politically cynical, it is understandable that I hope you will use these as possible conclusive evidence. Things will change, sometimes the most important thing,” she was riding on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. Said at a press conference along the coast.
“I have also experienced attacks, but it’s just noise. People want you to stop what you are doing, and they want you to back down. We redouble our efforts.”
She vowed to take more measures to resolve the hatred issues faced by some women in parliament. “When I leave, I will do everything I can to fight it,” she said. “We need good people politically. Politics is important.”
McKenna’s decision not to run in the center of Ottawa created an opportunity for another Liberal party to easily vote in the 2015 and 2019 federal elections. The former leader of the New Democratic Party Ed Broadbent and Paul Dewar later represented the New Democratic Party for many years.
There is speculation that Mark Carney, the former central bank governor of Canada, may step into politics after supporting Trudeau and the Liberal Party at the party congress in April. Carney, who lives in the area, can fight to raise the flag of the Liberal Party on the seat of the city.
Watch: Catherine McKenna talks about her abuse in politics
When asked about Carney’s possible election, McKenna said she was a friend of the former banker and had long encouraged him to run. “He is a good friend of mine. I think he can make a big difference. He has a lot to add.” She insisted that she would not give way to star candidates now.
McKenna also denied her proposal to leave federal politics to participate in the 2022 municipal elections in Ottawa. “I told you why I left,” she said. “I will be 100% concerned about climate change.”
Her successor to the climate portfolio, Minister of Environment Jonathan Wilkinson (Jonathan Wilkinson) praised his cabinet colleagues for “significant contributions that will help provide a healthier planet for our children and grandchildren.”