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Former Trudeau minister Catherine McKenna says Liberals need a new leader

Catherine McKenna, who served as a prominent Liberal cabinet minister under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from 2015 to 2021, says it's time for the Liberal Party to seek a «new leader.»

«The Liberal Party isn't about one person. It's about the values it stands for and it's about improving the lives of Canadians,» McKenna said in a media statement.

«The prime minister has a legacy to be proud of, but it's time for new ideas, new energy and a new leader. There's too much at stake in this election, especially on the economy and the climate.»

McKenna is the first person who served in Trudeau's cabinet to call for a change in leadership since the Liberals' surprising loss this week in the Toronto-St. Paul's byelection.

The Liberal Party had held the riding since 1993 and won it by nearly 13,000 votes just three years ago in the general election. Conservative candidate Don Stewart won a narrow victory there on Monday.

While the Liberals have trailed the Conservatives by a wide margin in opinion polls over the past year and a half, their loss of Toronto-St. Paul's has revived questions about Trudeau's leadership and the direction of the government. The prime minister has said repeatedly that he intends to lead the party into the next election.

Trudeau appointed McKenna, who represented the riding of Ottawa Centre, as his first minister of the environment and climate change in 2015. She held that portfolio until 2019.

During those four years, the Liberal government negotiated a national framework on climate change and energy policy, the centrepiece of which was a national price on carbon.

After the 2019 election, she was appointed minister of infrastructure and communities, a post she held until she left federal politics in 2021.

A year

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