Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Catherine McKenna announced she will not seek re-election.

McKenna has held Ottawa Centre, a riding that encompasses Parliament Hill, since 2015. She was Minister of the Environment until being moved to the infrastructure post following the 2019 election.

“When I got into politics now eight years ago, I made two simple promises to myself: always fight for what I believe in and leave when I had done what I got into politics to do,” stated McKenna at an outdoor press conference in Ottawa.

She says she wants to spend more time with her three children and devote her professional energies to the fight against climate change.

“Like many Canadians, living through COVID-19 over a very long year made me step back and reflect on what matters to me most. And it’s two things: my kids and climate change.”

To read more about McKenna and the government’s infrastructure programs, click here to read our interview with her in the latest issue of ReNew Canada.

Featured image: Twitter – @cathmckenna

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