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The Honourable
Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
Assumed office
November 4, 2015
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Preceded by Lisa Raitt
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by Riding Established
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Westmount—Ville-Marie
In office
October 14, 2008 â€“ October 19, 2015
Preceded by Lucienne Robillard
Succeeded by Riding Abolished
Personal details
Born Joseph Jean-Pierre Marc Garneau
(1949-02-23) February 23, 1949 (age 67)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Pamela Soame
Children Yves
Residence Westmount, Quebec, Canada
Alma mater Royal Military College of Canada, B.S. 1970
Imperial College London, Ph.D. 1973
Canadian Forces College
Website Official website
NRC/CSA Astronaut
Rank Captain, RCN
Time in space
29d 02h 01m
Selection 1983 NRC Group
Missions STS-41-G (1984)
STS-77 (1996)
STS-97 (2000)
Mission insignia

After the Shuttle checks out on its two upcoming flights, it will be ready to take larger components up to the International Space Station later this fall.
Marc Garneau
We have played a critical role in meeting the new safety standards. The Canadian space industry contributed new tools that make the inspection of the space shuttle possible.
Marc Garneau
Well, my father was in the Army and we traveled quite a bit when I was growing up, and I thought that I would like to have a military career, although I was drawn more towards the Navy.
Marc Garneau
Canada and space are a natural fit.
Through these ongoing activities and possibly in the future, a Canadian will go live and work on the International Space Station and we will continue to make Canadians proud of our achievements in space.
Marc Garneau
There are many experiments and a great deal of research that can be performed on the station that make a difference in our lives and we are committed to supporting this important vocation.
Marc Garneau
I like adventure.
I like the opportunity to travel the world and work in close company with other people.
Marc Garneau
New standards for safety are now in place and Canada has helped provide tools and techniques that were needed. Technologies like these are innovative and represent great achievements for us.
Marc Garneau
Canada's a huge country, so to be able to unite the country through communication satellite technology or to be able to observe it through remote sensing technology from space is a natural fit for a country like Canada.
Marc Garneau
In 1983, NASA invited Canada to fly three payload specialists, in part because we had contributed the robotic arm that is used on the shuttle.
Marc Garneau
The space industry is developing and delivering benefits that tie into our immediate needs and priorities here on Earth-for example, medical and materials research, and satellite communications.
Marc Garneau
I went to military college in Canada and graduated as an officer in the Navy but also as an engineer.
Marc Garneau
I think the crux of the matter was that if we were going to become partners in, for example, the International Space Station, we had to gain the respect of a country like the United States and particularly its space organization, NASA.
Marc Garneau
It is a challenge to have your launch date slip continuously.
NASA wanted to assure its ability to examine the spacecraft in orbit for signs of damage.
Marc Garneau
Canada has made a strong commitment as a partner in the International Space Station and, like the other partners, wishes to see the assembly of this unique orbiting laboratory continue.
Marc Garneau
I wanted to further my education, so I went on to get a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and came back and served about ten years in the Canadian Navy as what we call a combat systems engineer.
Marc Garneau