November 20 is National Child Day in Canada, and Catherine McKenna's kids have had a special shout-out on Twitter. Talking about the “difficult” election campaign earlier this year, the Ottawa Centre MP and ex-Environment Minister shared an insight into how her kids have recently helped her cope and talked about how they've "always been there" for her when she needed them.

Taking to social media on National Child Day, McKenna gave her kids an emotional shout out, thanking them for their continued support in a “hard” and “difficult” federal election.

During the emotional tribute, the MP tears up, acknowledging that “Politics is hard sometimes,” and “They [her kids] didn’t necessarily get into this, but they’ve always been there."

She also shared the homemade “election day countdown” calendar that her kids made for her in the last 10 days of the election, featuring quotes like “We love you so much mum” and “We’re all so proud."

The Ottawa-based politician explains, "When I wake up in the middle of the night, and I think about climate change … I think of them."

Visibly emotional she adds, “They have really helped me on the hard days.”

During her four-year tenure as Canada’s Environment Minister, McKenna has had a tough time, and she has publicly spoken about the constant threats, abuse, and harassment she has experienced since her election in 2015.

Things worsened back in September when she was forced to hire a private security team after a driver was seriously threatening to both her and her children.

McKenna was shaken once again in October, when her campaign office was vandalized with the C-word, prompting many of Canada’s political leaders to speak out in her defence.

Perhaps to the relief of McKenna, Trudeau is now re-shuffling his cabinet, and her new role is expected to be that of “infrastructure and communities.”

While the Ottawa MP will remain in the political spotlight, moving away from the Environment and Climate Minister role may give McKenna a much-needed break from the climate-related trolling and bullying she has experienced in the past.

In a post on Twitter, McKenna thanked Canadians for their support over the years. "Lots to be thankful for, and lots of people to thank. It's pretty overwhelming when you step back and think about it. Thank you, thank you, thank you," she wrote.

According to CTV News, McKenna will be replaced as Environment Minister by North Vancouver MP Jonathan Wilkinson.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to unveil the new members of the federal ministry at Rideau Hall on November 20 at 1:30 p.m.

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