Garneau in 2018
|Minister of Transport|
|Assumed office |
November 4, 2015
|Prime Minister||Justin Trudeau|
|Preceded by||Lisa Raitt|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
|Assumed office |
October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Riding Established|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
October 14, 2008 – October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Lucienne Robillard|
|Succeeded by||Riding Abolished|
Joseph Jean-Pierre Marc Garneau
February 23, 1949
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
|Residence||Westmount, Quebec, Canada|
|Alma mater||Royal Military College of Canada, B.S. 1970|
Imperial College London, Ph.D. 1973
Canadian Forces College
|Branch/service||Royal Canadian Navy|
|Years of service||1974–1989|
Time in space
|29d 02h 01min|
|Selection||1983 NRC Group|
|Missions||STS-41-G, STS-77, STS-97|
Joseph Jean-Pierre Marc Garneau, PC CC CD MP FCASI (born February 23, 1949) is a Canadian politician and the Minister of Transport in the Government of Canada. He is a retired military officer, former astronaut, and engineer; Garneau was the first Canadian in space, taking part in three flights aboard NASA Space Shuttles in 1984, 1996 and 2000. Garneau was the president of the Canadian Space Agency from 2001 to 2006, and in 2003 was installed as the ninth Chancellor of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.
Garneau has served as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount, and its predecessor Westmount—Ville-Marie, in Montreal since the 2008 federal election, winning by over 9000 votes, he was re-elected to the House of Commons in the 2011 federal election by 642 votes, and in the 2015 federal election with a majority of over 18,000. Previously, he unsuccessfully stood in the riding of Vaudreuil-Soulanges at the 2006 federal election.
On November 28, 2012, Garneau announced his candidacy for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada to be decided in April 2013. On March 13, 2013, Garneau formally withdrew his bid for the party leadership. On November 4, 2015, Garneau was appointed as Minister of Transport in the 29th Canadian Ministry.
Early life and career
Joseph Jean-Pierre Marc Garneau was born on February 23, 1949, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, he attended primary and secondary schools in Quebec City and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1970, and in 1973 received a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, England. From 1982 to 1983, he attended the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.
In 1974, Garneau began his career in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Naval combat systems engineer aboard HMCS Algonquin. He was promoted to Commander in 1982 while at Staff College and was transferred to Ottawa in 1983. In January 1986, he was promoted to Captain(N) and retired from the Navy in 1989.
Career with the Canadian Space Agency
Garneau was one of the first Canadian Astronauts and he became the first Canadian in outer space in October 1984. In 1984, he was seconded to the new Canadian Astronaut Program (CAP), one of six chosen from over 4,000 applicants, he flew on the shuttle Challenger, STS-41-G from October 5 to 13, 1984, as payload specialist. He was promoted to Captain in 1986, and left the Navy in 1989, to become deputy director of the CAP. In 1992–93, he underwent further training to become a mission specialist, he worked as CAPCOM for a number of shuttle flights and was on two further flights himself: STS-77 (May 19 to 29, 1996) and STS-97 (to the ISS, November 30 to December 11, 2000). He has logged over 677 hours in space.
Garneau resigned as President of the Canadian Space Agency to run for the Liberal Party of Canada in the 2006 federal election in the riding of Vaudreuil—Soulanges, which was represented by Meili Faille of the Bloc Québécois; the Liberal Party's support dropped off considerably in Quebec after the Sponsorship scandal and though considered a star candidate Garneau lost to Faille by over nine thousand votes.
In the 2006 Liberal Party leadership election Garneau announced his support for perceived front-runner Michael Ignatieff, who lost to Stéphane Dion on the final ballot. With the resignation of Liberal MP Jean Lapierre in 2007, Garneau expressed interest in being the party's candidate in Lapierre's former riding of Outremont. Dion instead appointed Jocelyn Coulon as the party's candidate, who went on to be defeated by the New Democratic Party's Thomas Mulcair in the by-election.
In May 2007, Garneau filed nomination papers to be the party's candidate in Westmount—Ville-Marie, after former Liberal Party Deputy Leader Lucienne Robillard announced she would not be seeking re-election. However, a week after filing his nomination papers Dion announced that he had hand-picked a candidate for the riding. Garneau later withdrew his nomination papers and announced he no longer had an interest in politics. In October 2007, Garneau and Dion held a joint news conference where they announced that Garneau would be the Liberal Party candidate in Westmount—Ville-Marie. Robillard announced her resignation as Member of Parliament in January and a by-election was later scheduled for September 8, 2008. However, the by-election was cancelled during the campaign when Prime Minister Stephen Harper called a general election for October 14, 2008. Though some pundits predicted a close race between Garneau and NDP candidate Anne Lagacé-Dowson, Garneau went on to win the riding by over 9,000 votes.
41st Parliament and leadership campaign
Garneau was narrowly re-elected in the 2011 election where he beat New Democratic Party candidate Joanne Corbeil, he was Liberal House Leader and served as Liberal Foreign affairs Critic. He was a candidate for interim leadership of the Liberal Party, but was ultimately defeated by Bob Rae. Garneau announced later that year that he was considering a bid for the permanent leadership of the party. In the summer of 2012, he announced that he was looking for a "dream team" to run his leadership bid and that he would only run if he could find the right people.
On November 28, 2012, Garneau announced his bid for the leadership of the Liberal Party, placing a heavy focus on the economy. While fellow leadership candidate Justin Trudeau was widely seen as the frontrunner in the race, Garneau was thought to be his main challenger among the candidates. With his entrance into the leadership race he resigned his post as Liberal House Leader, while remaining the party's critic for Natural Resources.
At the press conference announcing his candidacy Garneau ruled out any form of co-operation with the Green Party or New Democratic Party to help defeat the Conservative Party in the next election, which was proposed by leadership candidate Joyce Murray.
On March 13, 2013 Garneau announced his withdrawal from the race, and threw his support to front-runner Justin Trudeau. On September 18, 2013, Garneau was named co-chair of the Liberal International Affairs Council of Advisors, providing advice on foreign and defence issues to Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau.
Minister of Transportation
In the 2015 elections held on October 19, 2015, Garneau was re-elected a Parliamentarian in the newly created riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount. Two weeks later, on November 4, 2015, Garneau was appointed Transport Minister of Canada in the federal Cabinet headed by Justin Trudeau.
In May 2017, Garneau introduced an airline passenger bill of rights to standardize how passengers can be treated by airlines which operate any flights in and out of Canada; the legislation would create minimum compensation rates for overbooking, lost or damaged luggage, and bumping passengers off flights. It would also prohibit airlines from removing people from the flight if they have purchased a ticket and set the standard for tarmac delays and airline treatment of passengers when flights are delayed or cancelled over events in the airline's control, or because of weather conditions.
In March 2019, after days of initial refusal to take actions following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, Garneau finally agreed to ground and prohibit all Boeing 737 Max aircraft from flying in Canadian airspace; this stood in contrast to the ministry's previous stance, where he insisted the plane was safe to fly, thus making Canada one of the only two nations still flying a substantial number of Boeing 737 Max planes at the time. Garneau even went so far as saying he would board 737 MAX 8 "without hesitation", as an apparent show of support for the Boeing Company.
Awards and honours
Garneau was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1984 in recognition of his role as the first Canadian astronaut, he was promoted the rank of Companion within the order in 2003 for his extensive work with Canada's space program.
|Ontario||17 May 1985||Royal Military College of Canada||Doctor of Military Science (DMSc) |
|Nova Scotia||1985||Technical University of Nova Scotia||Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng) |
|Quebec||1990||Royal Military College Saint-Jean|
|Ontario||1997||University of Ottawa||Doctor of the University (D.Univ) |
|Alberta||Spring 2001||University of Lethbridge||Doctor of Science (D.Sc) |
|Ontario||Spring 2002||York University||Doctor of Science (D.Sc) |
|Quebec||December 2004||Concordia University||Doctor of Laws (LL.D) |
|Ontario||November 2005||McMaster University||Doctor of Science (D.Sc) |
|Alberta||2006||Athabasca University||Doctor of Science (D.Sc) |
|British Columbia||2006||British Columbia Institute of Technology||Doctor of Technology (D.Tech) |
|2015 Canadian federal election: Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Westmount|
|New Democratic||James Hughes||11,229||21.76||−13.29||$121,985.65|
|Green||Melissa Kate Wheeler||1,581||3.06||−1.32||$1,243.50|
|Bloc Québécois||Simon Quesnel||1,282||2.48||−1.59||$2,358.94|
|Independent||Lisa Julie Cahn||151||0.29||–||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||51,593||100.00||–||$214,383.86|
|Total rejected ballots||311||0.60||–||–|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|2011 Canadian federal election: Westmount—Ville-Marie|
|New Democratic||Joanne Corbeil||14,704||35.62||+12.69||–|
|Bloc Québécois||Véronique Roy||2,278||5.52||−1.74||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||41,275||100.00||–|
|Total rejected ballots||165||0.40|
|Electors on the lists||77,084|
|2008 Canadian federal election: Westmount—Ville-Marie|
|New Democratic||Anne Lagacé Dowson||8,904||22.93||+7.56||$79,186|
|Bloc Québécois||Charles Larivée||2,818||7.26||−5.30||$8,281|
|Green||Claude William Genest||2,733||7.04||−1.31||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||38,827||100.00||$83,153|
|Total rejected ballots||224||0.57|
|2006 Canadian federal election: Vaudreuil—Soulanges|
|Bloc Québécois||Meili Faille||27,012||43.16||−1.13||$85,133|
|New Democratic||Bert Markgraf||3,468||5.54||+1.64||$3,385|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||62,587||100.00||$85,543|
|Bloc Québécois hold||Swing||+9.28|
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- Official website
- Canadian Space Agency biography
- NASA biography
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- Marc Garneau – Parliament of Canada biography
- Marc Garneau
| Chancellor of Carleton University
|Party political offices|
| Caucus Chair of the Liberal Party in Quebec
| Quebec Lieutenant of the Liberal Party
|29th Ministry – Cabinet of Justin Trudeau|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|Lisa Raitt||Minister of Transport