By Zara Lyshkow
It took 44 days for Liz Truss to resign and step down from the position of England's Prime Minister. This makes her the shortest-serving prime minister (PM) in England's history. Liz Truss was technically only acting as PM for 34 days, as she took a 10-day break on the 8th of September due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
She resigned due to her tax-cutting budget failing. This means that she dramatically wanted to cut down on taxes but she had no plan as to how she was going to pay for anything which angered financial markets. This news then led to anger and confusion in the Conservative Party that she was in charge of. She felt as though she couldn't be the prime minister that her party wanted, so she decided that it was best that she resigned. During a meeting held between some Conservative members of parliament (MPs), there was an opportunity for the MPs to discuss whether or not they wanted Truss to stay as PM. Seventeen MPs publicly stated that they thought the best decision was for Truss to step down. Over 100 MPs wrote to Graham Brady, a politician and a member of the conservative party in parliament in letters of no confidence regarding Truss, meaning they also wanted for her to resign.
How does the resignation of Liz Truss affect Canadians? Other than a slowed trade deal it seems that the resignation of the PM has no real effect on the Canadian government. I don't think that the PM leaving really has that much of an effect on anyone here at Harbord, especially as she was only in office for six weeks. Personally, I hope the new PM Rishi Sunak will do better than Liz Truss.